Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five brilliant visual journalists…
Michael Beniash is sports editor of the Caledonian-Record of St. Johnsbury, Vt. A 2004 graduate of the University of New Mexico, Michael also served as a correspondent for Sports Illustrated On Campus before becoming an agate editor for the Albuquerque Journal. After a year-and-a-half, he was promoted to copy editor and reporter. He moved to the Courier of Littleton, N.H. as sports editor in 2008 and then to his current position in 2009. He also shoots pictures and designs pages. Find his Twitter feed here and his photostream here.
Bob Britten is a journalism professor at West Virginia University. A 2000 graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., Bob worked as a reporter, graphics reporter, designer, art director and graphics editor at various publications: the Greenville Record-Argus, the Meadville Tribune, the Columbia Missourian and the Seattle Times. He earned a master’s degree and then a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He joined the faculty at WVA in 2008. Find his Comics and Beer blog here, his class blog here and his Twitter feed here. Bob turns 36 today.
Amy Hughes is a page designer for the Times of Northwest Indiana in Munster. A graduate of Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Ind., Amy spent four years as an instructor and newspaper editor at her alma mater. In 2011, she moved to the Times. Amy turns 27 today.
Kathleen Rudell is a magazine designer for Gannett Custom Media in McLean, Va. A 2009 graduate of Ohio University, Kat worked as a designer for the Kennedy Museum of Art and served a Pulliam Fellowship at the Arizona Republic of Phoenix before joining full-time in 2010. She moved to Gannett Custom Media in 2012. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here.
Christopher Smith is photo editor of the Tulsa World in Oklahoma. A 1996 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, Chris has worked at the Times of Northwest Indiana, the Gary, Ind., Post-Tribune and the Chicago Tribune. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Chris turns 40 today.
Amy, Kathleen, Bob, Michael and Christopher share a birthday with actors John Arthur Lithgow, John Robert Rietz Jr. (better known as Robert Reed), Harris Glenn Milstead (better known as Divine), Jonathan Kolia “Jon” Favreau, Michael John Gambon, Gillian McLaren Jacobs, Desmond Harrington and Christopher Lee “Chris” Kattan; country musician Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson (better known as Jeannie C. Riley); TV handyman Tygert Bruton “Ty” Pennington; sports greats Evander Holyfield (boxing), Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown, José Antonio Bautista, Michael Brian Young (all three baseball) and Clifford Lynn Dickey (football); ESPN sportscaster Bradley Lee Daugherty; pop artist Peter Max Finkelstein; novelist David John Moore Cornwell (better known as John le Carré); animated cartoon producers Louis Scheimer and Randolph Severn “Trey” Parker III; politician Michael Stephen Steele, columnist Jack Northman Anderson and presidential daughter Amy Lynn Carter.
In addition, today is Evaluate Your Life Day, National Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day and World Toy Camera Day. Seriously.
Have a truly great birthday today, all! Best wishes!