Birthday for Thursday, Aug. 27

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five excellent visual journalists…


Mia Bush is a writer and editor for Voice of America in Washington, D.C. A 1986 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Mia spent 16 years as a copy editor, page designer and finally news editor of the Des Moines Register before moving to the Portland Oregonian in 2003. She started there as a copy editor, was promoted to wire news editor and then home page manager. She moved to VOA in 2014. Find Mia’s Twitter feed here.


Richard Hoang is a multimedia intern for the Victoria (Texas) Advocate. A 2015 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, Richard served as a photographer and photo editor for the student paper there, the Shorthorn. He started his internship in May — I was his supervisor for several weeks — and he’ll be there through the end of the year. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Ashley Sullivan is a web designer for Crate & Barrel in Chicago, Ill. A 2011 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Ashley spent two years on the staff of the Bowling Green News as a page designer. A visual communication and technology major, Ashley managed the college’s recreation and wellness web site and worked as a computer lab consultant, a student trainer and a supervisor for student employees who worked at the tech lab. She spent a year as a web designer for Coffee Communications of Walla Walla, Wash., before moving to Illinois in 2013. Find Ashley’s web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Keith Sharon is a reporter for the Orange County Register. A 1985 graduate of UC Fullerton, Keith worked at the Register for 20 years as an education reporter, a features writer, a web editor and sports web editor. He also spent time at the Torrance Daily Breeze and the Pasadena Star-News. He was named sports editor of the Portland Oregonian last summer but then returned to the Register this year. Find Keith’s Twitter feed here.


Burgetta Wheeler is associate editor for the editorial page of the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. A 1987 graduate of Marshall University, Burgetta served internships at the Register-Herald of Beckley, W.Va. and the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch before joining the N&O in 1987. She’s also served as copy desk chief and metro columnist. Find Burgetta’s Twitter feed here.

Richard, Ashley, Mia, Burgetta and Keith share a birthday with actors Aaron Paul Sturtevant (better known as just Aaron Paul), Blake Alexander Jenner, Paul Rubenfeld (better known as Paul Reubens, or Pee Wee Herman), Sarah Chalke, Chandra Danette Wilson, Alexa Ellesse Vega, Barbara Goldbach (better known as Barbara Bach), Susan Ker Weld (better known as Tuesday Weld) and Herbert Streicher (better known as Harry Reems); musicians Aleksandar Živojinović (better known as Alex Lifeson of Rush), Daryl Frank Dragon (“the Captain” of the Captain and Tennille) and Margy Reed (better known as Martha Raye); filmmaker Samuel Gelbfisz (better known as Samuel Goldwyn); industrialist Charles Stewart Rolls; one of the original MTV VJs, “Downtown” Julie Dorne Brown; dog trainer César Millán Favela; sports greats James Howard “Jim” Thome (baseball), Chris Armas (soccer), Darren McFadden (football), William Mack Brown and Francis William “Frank” Leahy (football coaches); artist Emmanuel Radnitzky (better known as Man Ray); White House press secretary Stephen Tyree Early and president Lyndon Baines Johnson.

In addition, today is the Duchess Who Wasn’t Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Wednesday, Aug. 26

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…


Adriana Acosta is an English teacher in Victoria, Texas. A 2009 graduate of Texas-Pan American she served as a reporter for the Advocate of Victoria, Texas, and editor and general manager of the Matagorda Advocate. She did some reporting for the Huntsville Item and the Facts newspaper before becoming a teacher in Midland, Texas. She returned to Victoria earlier this month. Find her Twitter feed here.


Dennis Bolt is a freelance graphic artist and illustrator and proprietor of Dennis Bolt Studio in Sebastopol, Calif. A 1997 graduate of the University of Oregon, Dennis spent seven years as an artist for the Marin Independent Journal in Novato, Calif., before becoming graphics editor of the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa. He left the PD to go freelance in 2007. Find his studio’s Facebook page here and his art teaching blog here. Find his Twitter feed here. Dennis turns 41 today.


John Fuentes is design and graphics coordinator for Editorial Contrapunto of Caracas, Venezuela. Previously, he was head of computer graphics for el Nacional. Find his portfolio here.


Doug Hardy is a web developer and online publisher, most notably via Independent Media and A 1991 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Doug worked as a sportswriter for the Register Citizen of Litchfield, Conn., a wire editor for the Bristol (Conn.) Press and news editor for the Durango (Colo.) Herald before signing on as associate editor and internet supervisor for the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Conn. He left the paper in 2011 to concentrate on his current ventures. Find his Twitter feed here. Doug turns 47 today.


Alex Probst Pruneda is art director of Periódico Noroeste in Culiacán, Mexico. Find his blog here.


Betty Villalobos is a features designer for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. A 2013 graduate of Cal State Long Beach, Betty worked for the student paper there, the Daily 49er, starting out as an ad sales associate and working her way up to design director. She interned at Haute Life PR of Redondo Beach and at Sun Newspapers of Seal Beach, Calif. She start work for LANG in 2013. Find her portfolio here. Betty turns 24 today.

Betty, Alex, Adriana, John, Dennis and Doug share a birthday with actors Macauley Carson Culkin, Michael Jeter, Melissa Ann McCarthy, Tori Black and Christopher Whitelaw “Chris” Pine; musicians Branford Marsalis, Casandra Elizabeth “Cassie” Ventura and Shirley Ann Manson; movie trailer narrator Donald Leroy “Don” LaFontaine; explorer Christopher Columbus; sports greats Jamal Lafitte Lewis (football), Elvis Augusto Andrus Torres (baseball), James Edward Harden Jr., Stanley Van Gundy and Thomas William “Tom” Heinsohn (all three basketball); politician Geraldine Anne Ferraro; novelist Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood; astronaut John Elmer Blaha; journalists Irving Raskin Levine and Benjamin Crowninshield “Ben” Bradlee and humanitarian Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (better known as Mother Teresa).

In addition, today is National Dog Day, Tug-of-War Day, Women’s Equality Day and National Toilet Paper Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Aug. 25

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three excellent visual journalists…


Roy Greene is senior assistant metro editor for the Boston Globe. A 1986 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Roy spent ten years as a copy editor for the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. He edited the Cambodia Daily of Phnom Penh for a year and then joined the Globe in 1997 as a copy editor. He was promoted to deputy foreign editor in 2001 and to his current position in 2007. Find his Twitter feed here. Roy turns 51 today.


Robert McLean is a designer and copy editor with the Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, Colo. He’s a 2008 graduate of Central Michigan University. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Robert turns 29 today.


Marc Rapport is a senior researcher and writer for Callahan and Associates and an adjunct instructor at the University of South Carolina. A 1978 graduate of Ohio’s Kent State University, Marc earned a master’s degree from Ohio State University. He worked with the Associated Press, at the Herald in Rock Hill, S.C. and the State in Columbia, S.C.. He spent two years as public relations manager for Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, five with the state Parks, Recreation and Tourism agency and 15 as managing editor of the Credit Union Times. He started his current job last fall. Find his Twitter feed here. Marc turns 59 today.

Robert, Roy and Marc share a birthday with actors Thomas Sean Connery, Blake Christina Lively, Rachel Sarah Bilson, Thomas Roy “Tom” Skerritt, Joanne Whalley and Blair Underwood; musicians Declan Patrick MacManus (better known as Elvis Costello), Robert John Arthur “Rob” Halford (of Judas Priest), William “Billy” Ray Cyrus, Chaim Weitz (better known as Gene Simmons of Kiss) and Leonard Bernstein; TV hosts Rachael Domenica Ray, Regis Francis Xavier Philbin and Monte Halperin (better known as Monte Hall); supermodel Claudia Schiffer; director Timothy Walter Burton; sports greats Angela Park (golf), Roland Glen “Rollie” Fingers, Albert Jojuan Belle and Justin Irvin Upton (all three baseball), Reginald Wayne “Reggie” Miller (basketball), Cornelius O’Landra Bennett, Charles Alvin “Charlie” Sanders and Marvin Daniel Harrison (all three football); politician George Corley Wallace Jr.; humor columnist Patrick Francis McManus; disgraced newspaper publisher Conrad Moffat Black and cartoonist Walter Crawford Kelly Jr.

In addition, today is National Park Service Day, National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day, National Whiskey Sour Day and Kiss and Make Up Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, you three! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Monday, Aug. 24

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six talented visual journalists…


Teri Boggess is a proofreader for Capstrat of Raleigh, N.C. A 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Teri spent more than five years as a copy editor for the Chattanooga Times. She then moved to the Roanoke (Va.) Times for five more years and then moved again to the News & Observer of Raleigh in 1994. The N&O laid her off in 2011 — after 17 years of service — when the McClatchy company moved all its copy editing and design work to Charlotte. She found work with the N.C. Energy Office in Raleigh, and then joined Capstrat in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here.


Robin Daughtridge is associate managing editor for photography and video at the Chicago Tribune. A 1981 graduate of Northwestern University, Robin served as a features copy editor for the Austin American-Statesman before becoming director of photography at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1982. She moved to the Tribune in 1995. She spent ten years on the board of visitors for the University of North Carolina’s School of Journalism. Find her department’s blog here and its Facebook fan page here. Find Robin’s Twitter feed here.


Jenny Fischer is an instructor at Colorado State University and creative services coordinator for Launch, Inc. A 1998 graduate of Colorado State, Jenny spent four years as a marketing designer with the Fort Collins Coloradoan. She moved to JAX Outdoor Gear in 2002 and then to the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corp. a year later. She served five years as design chair of the College Media Advisors. She’s taught at CSU since 2008. She joined Launch in 2013. Find her Twitter feed here.


Lou Hansen is a business reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. A graduate of the University of Rochester in New York, Lou earned a Master’s degree from New York University in 1995. He worked for Newsday on Long Island and the Philadelphia Inquirer before joining the Virginian-Pilot in 1997. For most of his stay in Norfolk, Lou specialized in covering military affairs. He spent time covering the Norfolk court systems before being assigned exclusively to the Pilot’s iPad edition in 2013. He left the Pilot in 2014 for a yearlong John S. Knight fellowship at Stanford University. He started at the Merc a week ago today. Find Lou’s Twitter feed here.


Elissa Macarin is a universal desk staffer for the State newspaper of Columbia, S.C. A 2005 graduate of Kent State University, Elissa spent a year as a designer and copy editor for the Dothan (Ala.) Eagle and then four years with the Press-Register of Mobile, Ala. She moved to the Daily Herald of Wausau, Wis., in 2010 and slid over to the Gannett Nashville design studio in 2012. Her husband, Jared Macarin, is also a designer. The two of them moved to South Carolina earlier this month. Find Elissa’s portfolio here.


Ian Young is a designer for the Times Free Press of Chattanooga, Tenn. A 2010 graduate of Guilford College in North Carolina, Ian previously worked for the Index-Journal of Greenwood, S.C. Find his portfolio here.

Ian, Elissa, Jenny, Lou, Teri and Robin share a birthday with actors .Rupert Alexander Grint, Stephen John Fry, David Ichari Webber “Dave” Chappelle, Marlee Bethany Matlin, Kenneth George “Kenny” Baker, Chad Michael Murray, Steven Robert “Steve” Guttenberg, Jennifer Ann Lien and Charles Adams Claverie (better known as Charles Rocket); TV hosts Craig Kilborn and Homer Durwood Kirby; wrestling promoter Vincent Kennedy McMahon; sports greats Calvin Edwin “Cal” Ripken Jr., Rafael Antonio Furcal (both baseball), Reginald Wayne “Reggie” Miller (basketball), Arian Isa Foster, John Banaszak (both football) and Michael Edward “Mike” Shanahan (football coach); writers Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (better known as Jorge Luis Borges) and Christopher John “Chris” Offutt; astronauts Gregory Bruce Jarvis and Anna Lee Tingle Fisher; mobster “Don” Carlo Gambino; Palestinian leader Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat Al-Qudwa al-Husseini (better known as Yasser Arafat) and politicians Joseph Maxwell Cleland and Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee.

In addition, today is Vesuvius Day, National Waffle Iron Day, Knife Day and Pluto Demoted Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Sunday, Aug. 23

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to a pair of fabulous visual journalists…


Craig Silverman is the founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada and founder of factchecking website, A 1999 graduate of Montreal’s Concordia University, Craig has worked as a writer for for NewCanadian magazine, an editor for PBS’ MediaShift and Idea Lab and as a columnist and blogger for the Columbia Journalism Review and the Toronto Globe & Mail. In 2010, he created OpenFile, a community news site that covered seven communities in Canada. He joined the faculty of Poynter in 2011 and is still an adjunct faculty member there. Most recently, Craig was director of content for Spundge, a content platform for tablet and mobile.

However, Craig is probably best known as a longtime blogger and collector of media errors. The most recent incarnation of his blog is still operating, thanks to his Poynter colleagues. A collection of his blog work was collected in a 2009 book, Regret the Error.


Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Craig turns 38 today.


Bethany White is desk manager for large dailies at the GateHouse Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas. A 1996 graduate of the University of Memphis, Bethany worked as a features designer for the Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, La., before becoming design editor. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri in 2001 and then moved to the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y., where she served as custom content director and oversaw section redesigns. She also edited the N.Y. Nurses Network and the D&C’s Sunday travel page. She moved to the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park, N.J., in March 2011 as creative director and was promoted to deputy director in 2012. Gannett eliminated her position in March. She started her new job earlier this month.

Bethany and Craig share a birthday with actors Shelley Lee Long, River Jude Phoenix, Jon Ferguson “Jay” Mohr, Scott Andrew Caan, Raymond Park, Robert Lee “Skipp” Sudduth IV and Barbara Jean Morehead (better known as Barbara Eden); musicians Keith John Moon, Richard Lewis Springthorpe (better known as Rick Springfield), Julian Fernando Casablancas (of the Strokes) and Mark Ruslander (better known as Mark Russell); dancer Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly; microbiologist Hamilton Othanel Smith, astronaut David Alexander Wolf; sports greats Natalie Ann Coughlin (swimming), Christian Dean DiMarco (golf), Nicole Bobek (figure skating), Kobe Bean Bryant, Jeremy Shu-How Lin (both basketball), Christian Adolph “Sonny” Jurgensen III (both football), Kenneth “Kenny” Wallace (auto racing) and Jeremy Schaap (ESPN) and motivational speaker Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger, the man who inspired the movie Rudy.

In addition, today is Valentino Day, Go Topless Day and the Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Seriously.

Best wishes, you two! Have a wonderful birthday today!