Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five wonderful visual journalists…
Christopher Foster is a page designer for Lee Enterprises in Madison, Wis. A 1995 graduate of Illinois State University, Chris spent a year-and-a-half as an ad artist for the News-Sun of Waukegan, Ill., before moving to the Beacon-News of Aurora, Ill. as a news and special sections designer. He moved to the News-Sun of Lake County in 2001 as a sports and features designer, was named lead designer and systems editor in 2004. He joined the GateHouse hub in Rockford, Ill., in 2012 and leaped to Lee in 2014. Chris turns 44 today.
Mike Jarboe is chief of the copy desk for the Times Union of Albany, N.Y. He also writes a horseracing and handicapping column for the paper. A product of Pennsylvania Military College, Mike spent a few years as a freelance reporter for the Courier Post and the Burlington County Times of Willingboro, N.J., before signing on at the Register-News of Bordentown, N.J., in 1977 as a cops and government reporter. In 1979, he moved to the Burlington Country Herald of Mount Holly, N.J., as a cops reporter and, eventually, editor. He moved in 1981 Syracuse to become metro editor of the Post-Standard. He became Op-Ed editor and then moved again in 1987 to a copy editing spot at the Milwaukee Sentinel. Mike has been with the Times Union coming up on 26 years. In his spare time, he plays the fiddle. Find his Twitter feed here.
Leila Merrill is a digital media producer for the Houston Chronicle. A 1995 graduate of Trinity University, Leila spent three years as a copy editor and page designer for the Beaumont Enterprise before moving to the Arlington Morning News. She moved up to night city editor in 2000 but then moved to the Dallas Morning News in 2001. Over her ten-and-a-half years there, she worked as a copy editor and then assistant iPad editor. She moved to the Chronicle in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here.
Megan Ruyle is a graphic designer and production coordinator for the American Statistical Association in Alexandria, Va. A 2002 graduate of UNC-Wilmington, Megan worked as a copy editor and designer for the Wilmington Star-News before attending grad school at the University of Missouri. She then worked as a designer at the Lewiston, Maine, Sun Journal and then as a copy editor for Gannett’s Army Times Publishing company in Springfield, Va., just south of D.C. She moved to the Hill newspaper in D.C. in 2009 and then to her current position last winter. Find her portfolio here, her fitness and running blog here and her Twitter feed here. Megan turns 36 today.
Rinku Sharma is deputy news editor for design at the Hindustan Times in New Delhi, India. He turns 32 today.
Rinku, Megan, Leila, Christopher and Mike share a birthday with actors Kristin Neubauer (better known as Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Richard Caruthers “Rich” Little; musicians Robert Gerard Goulet, John Graham McVie (of Fleetwood Mac), Natasha Anne Bedingfield, Rita Sahatçiu Ora and Anna Mae Bullock (better known as Tina Turner); sports greats Arthur “Art” Shell, Harold Donald “Harry” Carson and Roger Wehrli (all three football), Dale Arnold Jarrett (auto racing), Vernon Louis “Lefty” Gomez, Matthew Martin “Matt” Carpenter (both baseball) and Shawn T. Kemp (basketball); sci-fi author Frederik George Pohl Jr.; TV journalist Arnold Eric Sevareid, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and cartoonist Charles Monroe Schulz.
In addition to Thanksgiving, today is the National Day of Mourning. Seriously.
Have a tremendous birthday today, folks! Best wishes!