Birthdays for Saturday, Oct. 3

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four outstanding visual journalists…


Allison Duda is an assistant art director at Time magazine in New York City. A 2006 graduate of Ohio University, Allison interned at Time before signing on as a designer for the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J. She designed news and features pages as well as the APP’s monthly luxury magazine. In 2008, she moved to Time Out New York magazine, where she concentrated on the Shopping & Style section. She moved to New York magazine in 2011 as art director for the weddings edition. She returned to Time in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here. Allison turns 32 today.


Tim Goheen is director of the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. A 1986 graduate of Michigan State University, Tim spent eight-and-a-half years as a news artist for the State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. In 1995, Tim became a senior illustrator for the old Knight Ridder-Tribune graphics service. He was promoted to art director in 1995. He earned a master’s degree in visual journalism from Ohio University in 2006. Shortly after, KRT changed its name to MCT. Tim moved back to Ohio in 2014. He turns 52 today.


Bukky Ogunsina is a reporter for Government, a weekly newspaper published by the Leadership newspaper group of Abuja, Nigeria. A graduate of Cardiff University in the U.K., Bukky was named print reporter of the year for 2013 by the Nigerian Union of Journalists. Find her Twitter feed here.


Kris Visselman is founder of the Electric Ivy Creative Group and based in Los Angeles. A 1988 graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Kris was a Presidential Fellow and competed on the swim team. She served internships at the Arizona Republic and the Sacramento Bee before signing on as a news artist and then a designer at the Bee. She left in 1993 to become art director for the Valley and Orange County editions of the Los Angeles Times. In 1998, she leaped to the Orange County Register as senior art director and then moved again in 2003 to the San Jose Mercury News as creative director. In 2005, Kris joined National Geographic Maps as editorial and design director, responsible for maps for the various divisions of National Geographic and its outside partners and was named director of digital product development in 2007. In April 2010, she was named vice president for product development and chief creative officer of U-T San Diego. She served as president of the Society for News Design four years ago. She’s married to Javier Zarracina, graphics editor of Vox. She left San Diego in 2014. Find Kris’ Twitter feed here.

Allison, Bukky, Tim and Kris share a birthday with actors Neve Adrianne Campbell, Lena Headey, Clive Owen and Seann William Scott; musicians Gwen Renée Stefani, Thomas Lee Bass (better known as Tommy Lee, the drummer for Mötley Crüe), Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan, Ashlee Nicole Wentz (better known as Ashlee Simpson), Lindsay Adams Buckingham, Ray Edward “Eddie” Cochran, Ernest Evans (better known as Chubby Checker); comedian Gregory Everett “Greg” Proops; animal trainer Roy Horn (of Siegfried and Roy); sports greats Frederick Steven “Fred” Couples (golf), David Mark “Dave” Winfield and Dennis Lee Eckersley (both baseball) and Anquan Kenmile Boldin (football); activist-turned-TV host Alfred Charles “Al” Sharpton Jr., astronauts Charles Moss Duke Jr. and Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan; writers Thomas Clayton Wolfe, Eugene Luther Gore Vidal and James Alfred Wright (better known as James Herriot); comic book creator Rob Liefeld and cartoonist and Mad magazine founding editor Harvey Kurtzman.

In addition, today is Inter-American Water Day and World Card Making Day. Seriously.

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

Birthdays for Friday, Oct. 2

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


Brian Cetina is a designer for the Tribune Chronicle newspaper group of Warren, Ohio. A 2010 Graduate of Youngstown State University, Brian spent time with the Lima (Ohio) News and the Media General design hub in Hickory, N.C. before settling down in McClatchy’s production hub in Charlotte, N.C., in 2011. He moved back to Ohio in July. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Brian turns 30 today.


Rich Joseph Facun is photographic resources supervisor of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Or, at least, he will be soon. A 2001 graduate of Ohio University, Rich spent four years as a photographer for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and then another two years shooting for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., before moving in 2008 to the National of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He returned to the U.S. in 2011, freelanced a while and rejoined the Pilot in 2013. Rich is working his last day today. Find his photojournalism portfolio here, his blog here, his wedding photography business site here, his Facebook fan page here and his Twitter feed here.


Desiree Shoe is the London homepage editor of the New York Times. A 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Desiree served internships with an advertising firm called University Directories, during the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Eurosport, and as a Pulliam Fellow at the Arizona Republic. Des spent a year-and-a-half as a full-time sports designer for the Republic before moving to the New York Times in 2009 as a news designer. She moved to the digital side in 2011 and, last year, was named senior staff editor and producer for the Times’ dining section. She moved to London in August. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Desiree turns 30 today.

Desiree, Brian and Rich share a birthday with actors Lorraine Bracco, Persis Khambatta, Avery Franklin Brooks, Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx, William Alexander “Bud” Abbott and George Robert Phillips McFarland (“Spanky” from Our Gang); musicians Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (better known as Sting), Donald “Don” McLean Jr., James Donald “Jim” Root (better known as No. 4 of Slipknot), Tiffany Renee Darwish (who normally goes only by her first name) and Ayumi “Ayu” Hamasaki; sports greats Mark Robert Rypien (football), Dereck Whittenburg, Tyson Cleotis Chandler (both basketball), Maurice Morning “Maury” Wills (baseball), Thomas Muster (tennis) and Frederico Chaves Guedes (soccer); TV host Kelly Marie Ripa Consuelos; movie critic Rex Taylor Reed; defense attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.; photographer Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz; NFL Films president Stephen Douglas “Steve” Sabol; politician Cordell Hull and Indian leader Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi.

In addition, today is Lee’s National Denim Day, Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day, World Smile Day, National Diversity Day, National Custodial Workers Day, the International Day of Non-Violence and Guardian Angels Day. Seriously.

Have a fabulous birthday, you three! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Thursday, Oct. 1

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


JR Ball is managing editor of the Baton Rouge office of and the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. A 1986 graduate of Louisiana State University, JR spent ten years as executive editor of Tiger Rag magazine. He then co-founded an entertainment marketing firm. In 1997, he became general manager of the Baton Rouge Bombers, a professional indoor soccer team. In 1999, he moved over to the Baton Rouge Business Report, serving as executive vice president for editorial of that publication and also overseeing 10/12 magazine, 225 magazine and inRegister magazine. He moved to in 2013. Find his Twitter feed here.


Chad Graff is a sportswriter for the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn. A 2013 graduate of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., Chad served as executive editor of the student newspaper and worked internships with the New England Sports Network, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Union Leader of Manchester. He worked at the Boston Globe in 2013 and, in April 2014, moved to the Pioneer Press. He covers the NHL Minnesota Wild. Find his Twitter feed here. Chad turns 25 today.


Jerry Langton is a freelance journalist based in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of McMaster University of Hamilton, Ontario, Jerry has worked as a copy editor and designer for the Securities Industry News, the New York Daily News, the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., and Toronto Star. He’s written at least 13 books.


His most recent — Rat: How the World’s Most Notorious Rodent Clawed Its Way to the Top — was published in May 2014. Jerry also happens to be married to Tonia Cowan, graphics editor of the Boston Globe. Find his Twitter feed here.

Chad, Jerry and JR share a birthday with actors Zachary Knight “Zach” Galifianakis, Sarah Drew, Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (better known as Brie Larson), Randall Rudy “Randy” Quaid, Julia Elizabeth “Julie” Andrews, Estelle Caro Eggleston (better known as Stella Stevens), Richard St. John Harris, George Peppard Jr., Walter Matthau, Stephen Weaver Collins and Thomas Edward “Tom” Bosley; musician Vladimir Horowitz; director Thomas George “Tom” Hooper; sports greats Jeffrey James Reardon, Rodney Cline “Rod” Carew, Matthew Thomas “Matt” Cain (all three baseball); Mark McGwire (steroid user), George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (soccer) and Vladimir Peter “Spider” Sabich Jr. (skiier); Supreme Court Chief Justice William Hubbs Rehnquist; President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter and bank robber Bonnie Elizabeth Parker.

In addition, today is Model T Day, National Lace Day, the International Day of Older Persons, International Music Day, CD Player Day, Fire Pup Day, and National Walk Your Dog Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, you three! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Wednesday, Sept. 30

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


Siyabonga Africa is a digital media specialist for the SABC television network in Johannesburg, South Africa. A 2006 graduate in International Relations and Public Management at the University of Pretoria, Siyabonga earned a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Stellenbosch in 2007 and then worked as a reporter and a columnist for the Sowetan, Joburg Style magazine and ITWeb. In 2009, he moved to the U.S. via a Ford Foundation fellowship to study new media. Siya earned a master’s degree from Indiana University in 2011, after having served internships in various online or social media capacities with the Ford Foundation, Blueline Style and Media Productions, the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction and Indiana Public Media. He moved back to South Africa in 2012 and has worked for Code for South Africa, Trigger/Isobar and media giant Media24. Find Siyabonga’s web site here and his Twitter feed here. Siya turns the big three-oh today.


Cori Faklaris is a graduate student in informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis — better known as IUPUI. A 1995 graduate of the University of Illinois, Cori spent a year as a correspondent for the Peoria, Ill., Journal Star before joining the Indianapolis Star in 1997. She designed news and served as the paper’s CCI super user. She was moved to the Star’s digital operation in 2013 as Local Network Editor. She spent a year as engagement producer before leaving to go back to school in January. Find her personal web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Kerry Johnson is art director and special publications manager for the American Physical Society in Washington, D.C. A 1990 graduate of Ohio State University, Kerry worked as an artist at the North Hills News Record and then the Post-Gazette, both of Pittsburgh, before becoming graphics director of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 1998. He moved to the Baltimore Sun as graphics editor in 2002 and moved on to the APS in 2005. He also does cartoons and caricatures on the side. Find his web site here, his Facebook fan page here and his Twitter feed here.


Kathryn Morton is managing editor for design at the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg, Pa. The holder of both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, Kathryn worked at the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, the Daily Sentinel‘s Buzz magazine and the Stephen F. Austin Pine Log before moving to Pennsylvania in 2005. She’s married to designer Chris Anderson. Find Kathryn’s web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Kinyanjui Wa Ngugi is an online sub editor for the Nation Media Group of Nairbi, Kenya. He’s a product of the University of Nairobi. Find his Twitter feed here.


Heather Price is a copy editor for eMarketer of New York. A 2009 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Heather served as slot editor for the student paper there, the Daily Nebraskan, and interned for the L.A. City Beat before moving to the American News & Farm Forum of Aberdeen, S.D. After a year there, she moved back to Lincoln and spent two years as a copy editor and page designer for the Journal Star. She moved to New York in 2013. Find Heather’s Tumblr blog here, her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.

Cori, Kerry, Kinyanjui, Heather, Siya and Kathryn share a birthday with actors Lacey Nicole Chabert, Jennifer Mary Butala (better known as Jenna Elfman), Monica Bellucci, Eric Stoltz, Francine Joy “Fran” Drescher, Anthony “Tony” Hale, Angeline Brown (better known as Angie Dickinson) and Barry William Blenkhorn (better known as Barry Williams); musicians Faheem Rashad Najm (better known as T-Pain), Ernest Giuseppe “Trey” Anastasio III (of Phish), Robert Carl Takac Jr. (of the Goo Goo Dolls), drummer Bernard “Buddy” Rich; Marc Feld (better known as Marc Bolan of  T-Rex), Marilyn McCoo, Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon and John Royce “Johnny” Mathis; sports greats Martina Hingis (tennis), Dominique Moceanu (gymnastics), Justin Smith (football) and Robin Evan Roberts (baseball); chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.; politician Lester Garfield Maddox and writers Truman Streckfus Persons (better known as Truman Capote) and Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel.

In addition, today is International Translation Day, National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, Banned Websites Awareness Day, Blasphemy Day and Ask a Stupid Question Day. Seriously.

Have a truly great birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Sept. 29

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


Tan Ly is president of Visually Dynamic, a firm that designs digital and print products and based in Washington, D.C. A 1996 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tan spent four years as a designer for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and then three more with the San Jose Mercury News before joining the Washington Post in 2003. He served as financial design director, A1 and enterprise designer and lead Sunday designer before being named deputy news editor and business design director. He left to open his design firm in 2012. Tan also spent four years as president of the D.C. chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. Find his company’s Twitter feed here.


David Newhouse is editor at large for Advance Publications. A graduate of Cornell University, David spent ten years in retail, with his children’s store named “Best in Boston” by Boston magazine. David went to work for the Times of Trenton, N.J. as a reporter, working his way up to assistant managing editor. He moved to Harrisburg, Pa., in 2001 and was editor of the Patriot-News for 11 years. In 2004, the Patriot-News was named one of Editor & Publisher‘s “Ten That Do It Right.” In March 2012, David was awarded the Benjamin C. Bradlee award by the National Press Foundation as editor of the year in the wake of the Patriot-News’ Penn State coverage. The next month, of course, the paper won a Pulitzer for that coverage. David stepped down in May of that year.


Bill Pitzer is a member of the faculty of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. A 1981 graduate of Glenville State College — also in W.Va. — Bill worked at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and the Virginian-Pilot before moving to the Charlotte Observer in 1998 as news graphics editor. He left the Observer in 2011. He has created top-quality freelance infographics for a number of clients including National Geographic magazine. He earned a master’s degree from Appalachian State University in 2006. He spent four years as a senior visual information designer for Kwikpoint, a publisher of visual information guides. Find his online portfolio here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here.


Laurie Mansfield Reiter is a journalist currently located in Los Angeles, Calif. A 1998 graduate of Ohio University, Laurie earned a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Laurie spent five years as a features reporter for the Des Moines Register before moving to the Kansas City Star in 2007 as assistant features editor. She was promoted to assistant managing editor a year later. She launched Ink, a free tabloid, in January 2008. When her husband, sports columnist Bill Reiter, moved to the West Coast in 2013, Laurie moved as well. She spent a year-and-a-half as an editor for Fox Sports in Los Angeles. Find Laurie’s Twitter feed here.


Werner Walters is a senior applications and system specialist for Media24 in Cape Town, South Africa. A graduate of two different technological schools, Werner worked in customer support for technical support firms before joining Media24 in 2005. Werner turns 34 today.


Lynne Wynne is a stay-at-home mother of three in Centerville, Ohio. But 30 years ago, she wrote and edited for the Johnsonian, the student newspaper of Winthrop College. Where she worked with me during our senior year.

Tan, Werner, Lynne, Laurie, Tan and David share a birthday with actors Zachary Levi Pugh, Madeline Gail Wolfson (better known as Madeline Kahn), Paul MacKenzie Crook, Alexis Cruz, Jill Whelan, Lawrence Lavon “Larry” Linville and Andrew Clay Silverstein (better known as Andrew Dice Clay); musicians Orvon Eugene “Gene” Autry, Leland Michael Postil (better known as Mike Post), Jerry Lee Lewis, Suzzy Roche (of the Roches) and Dallas Green (of Alexisonfire); TV host Bryant Gumbel; director Stanley Earl Kramer; sports greats Kevin Wayne Durant, John MacBeth Paxson (both basketball), Warren Livingston Cromartie (baseball), Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (soccer), Calvin Johnson (football) and Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips (football coach); physicist Enrico Fermi; English naval commander Horatio Nelson; Medal of Honor recipient Gary George Wetzel; authors Norman Colin Dexter and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Australian prime minister Julia Eileen Gillard and labor leader-turned-Polish president Lech Wałęsa.

In addition, today is Mutation Day, VFW Day, National Biscotti Day, National Attend Your Grandchild’s Birth Day and Internatilnal Coffee Day. Seriously.

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