Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four talented visual journalists…
Marc Banks works in marketing and customer service for Dynaric, Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va. He’s a 1988 graduate of Old Dominion University. Marc turns 50 today.
Howard Finberg is director of training partnerships and alliances for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Howard worked at a number of papers including the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the New York Times and the Arizona Republic. He established the Chicago Tribune‘s graphics desk and founded the nation’s first news graphics service. He also was the founding president for the Society for News Design Foundation. He’s been with Poynter since 2002. Find Howard’s Twitter feed here.
Cecelia Hanley is a digital producer for Raycom Media of Montgomery, Ala. A 1995 graduate of the University of Virginia, Cecelia earned a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri in 2001. She spent a year as a designer for the Reporter-News of Abilene, Texas, four-and-a-half years as photo editor at the Courier & Press of Evansville, Ind., and two years as a features editor for the Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She left newspapers in 2010 and joined Raycom shortly after. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here.
Ashley Smith is assistant news editor for the Daily Sentinel of Nacogdoches, Texas. A 2011 graduate of the University of Houston Clear Lake, Ashley also attended San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, and served as associate editor of the student paper there, the Times. She worked for InsideDP of Deer Park, Texas, as an intern and then a reporter before joining the Daily Sentinel in 2012. Find her web site here. Ashley turns 31 today.
Ashley, Cecelia, Marc and Howard share a birthday with actors Daniel Jacob Radcliffe, Charisma Lee Carpenter, Marlon L. Wayans, Erik Ki La Salle (better known as Eriq La Salle), Woodrick Tracy “Woody” Harrelson, Daniel Ronald “Ronny” Cox; Philip Seymour Hoffman and Edie McClurg; musicians Alison Krauss, Tenitra Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child), Saul Hudson (better known as Slash of Guns n’ Roses), Martin Lee Gore (of Depeche Mode) and David Albert Cook (better known as David Essex); radio host John Donald “Don” Imus Jr.; TV host Bernard Whalen “Bert” Convy; model Stephanie Michelle Seymour; sports greats Anthony Nomar Garciaparra, Donald Scott “Don” Drysdale, Harold Peter Henry “Pee Wee” Reese (all three baseball), Gary Dwayne Payton, Elden Jerome Campbell (both basketball) and Terry Tyree Glenn (football) and novelist Raymond Thornton Chandler.
In addition, today is Cousins Day, National Drive-Thru Day, National Tequila Day, Tell an Old Joke Day and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Pioneer Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday today!