Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five remarkable visual journalists…
Susan Barber is art director of the Houston Chronicle. Where, yes, she supervises yours truly.
Kike Calvo is a New York City-based photojournalist, who often shoots for National Geographic and the New York Times. A 1972 graduate of the University of Zaragoza in Spain — where he studied economics — Kike moved to the University of Idaho to earn a second degree in journalism. He’s shot in 65 nations for clients like el Mundo, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and Rolling Stone. He also teaches seminars all over the world. Find his web site here, his Facebook fan page here and his Twitter feed here.
Hannah Glennon is a technical writer for the Breakaway Group of Greenwood Village, Colo. She also does brand consulting via her company, All By You. A 2014 graduate of Colorado State University, Hannah was digital media manager for the student paper there, the Rocky Mountain Collegian. She was the project manager for the 2012 redesign of the paper’s web operation in 2013 and interned for Feasting Fort Collins and F+W Media of Loveland, Colo. She was also president of the school’s Online News Association chapter. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Hannah turns 24 today.
Nathaniel Pearlman is founder and president of Graphicacy, a graphics consultancy in Washington, D.C., and Timeplots, an infographics startup also based in Washington. A 1988 graduate of Yale University, Nathaniel worked as a programmer before working on a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. He created NGP Software — now known as NGP VAN — in 1997, a maker of organizational, fundraising and new media products for political campaigns and political action committees. He served as chief technology officer for the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2007 and 2008. and then created Timeplots in 2009. Find Timeplots’ Twitter feed here and Nathaniel’s personal Twitter feed here.
Denise Smaldino is a designer for the Orange County Register and creative director for OC Family magazine. A 2001 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Denise served as editor of the student paper there, the Daily Titan. She spent three years as news editor and designer for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, Calif., and then two years as a news and features designer for the Riverside Press Enterprise before moving to Variety in 2006. In 2012, she moved to the OC Register. She took on additional magazine duties last winter. Find Denise’s web site here.
Hannah, Kike, Denise, Susan and Nathaniel share a birthday with actors Rachel Anne McAdams, Jamie Hector and Rachel Marie Oberlin (better known as Bree Olson); musicians Taylor Reuben Hicks, Toni Michelle Braxton, John Mellencamp, Thomas Edward “Thom” Yorke (of Radiohead) and Yo-Yo Ma; the X Factor‘s Simon Philip Cowell; sports greats Priest Anthony Holmes, Charles Woodson (both football), José Rosario Domec Cardenal and Evan Michael Longoria (both baseball) and Lowell “Cotton” Fitzsimmons (basketball coach); war criminal Heinrich Luitpold Himmler, Russian leader Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin; former Marine Corps officer Oliver Laurence North, vice-president Henry Agard Wallace, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Mpilo Tutu; physicist Niels Henrik David Bohr, columnist Daniel Keenan “Dan” Savage and TV commentators Vivian “Clive” James and Josephina Victoria “Joy” Behar.
In addition, today is Balloons Around the World Day, National Kite Day, Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Walk to School Day, Emergency Nurses Day and You Matter to Me Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday today!