Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six top-notch visual journalists…
Laura Garcia is a reporter for the Victoria (Texas) Advocate. A 2011 graduate of San Antonio College, Laura served as editor of the student paper there, the Ranger. She worked internships at the Longview News-Journal, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and the Roanoke Times before starting work in Victoria last August. Find Laura’s Twitter feed here.
Joe Ligon is a video producer via his own company, Ligon Productions, in Richburg, S.C., not far south of Charlotte, N.C. A 1984 graduate of Winthrop College in Rock Hill — where he was a classmate of yours truly — Joe went to work as a videographer and editor for PM Magazine, a nationally-syndicated TV show. He moved to Columbia, S.C., in 1987 as a producer. In 1992, he joined Creative Sports — which later folded into ESPN Regional — specializing in NASCAR broadcasts. Joe went into business for himself in 1996, producing segments for TNN, HGTV, the Food Network, and the Speed Channel, among others. Find his Twitter feed here. Joe turns 53 today.
Edward Miller is a management and writing coach based in Marietta, Ga., near Atlanta. A 1963 graduate of Williams College of Williamstown, Mass., Edward worked on the Paris-based International Edition of the New York Herald Tribune before becoming editor of the Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., in 1969. He co-founded the Society for News Design and was named publisher of the Morning Call in 1979. He joined the Poynter Institute in 1989 to teach management and graphics. He and his wife, Cindy — a former editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution — coach and teach via their leadership consultancy. Find his Twitter feed here. Edward turns 73 today.
Brett Roseman is a media specialist and photographer for the University of Wisconsin-Stout. A 2001 graduate of the University of Iowa, Brett served as a shooter and a photo editor for the student paper there, the Daily Iowan. He worked internships for the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald and the Peoria Journal Star before starting work for the Times of Munster, Ind., in 2002. Five months later, Brett moved to the Chicago Sun-Times, where he worked for nine-and-a-half years. He shot freelance for a while and caught on at Wisconsin-Stout a year ago. Find Brett’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.
Becky Allison Sentelle is a supply chain analyst for 3M in Greenville, S.C. But once — a zillion years ago — she was an editor for the Johnsonian, the student newspaper at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C. Among her headaches there: A smartass editorial cartoonist and a columnist who always wrote too long. Unfortunately for Becky, both of those people were me. Somehow, though, we all managed to graduate.
Sally House White is office coordinator for consumer sales at Windstream Communications of Charlotte, N.C. A 1982 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Sally started in 1983 as a reporter for the Lancaster (S.C.) News and worked her way up the ladder to managing editor. She spent a year as assistant vice president of the Rock Hill (S.C.) Chamber of Commerce before becoming business editor of the Rock Hill Herald in 1989. She earned a masters degree from Winthrop University, taught at Winthrop and at Queens University of Charlotte and sold real estate before starting Pinnacle Solutions — a marketing, communications and business growth firm in Lake Wylie, S.C. — in 1992 with her husband, Russell. Sally joined Windstream in 2013. Find her Twitter feed here.
Laura, Brett, Becky, Joe, Sally and Edward share a birthday with actors Alfredo James “Al” Pacino, Reneé Kathleen Zellweger, Jason Michael Lee, Sara Paxton, Henry Albert “Hank” Azaria, Gina Torres and Talia Rose Coppola (better known as Talia Shire); musicians Björn Kristian Ulvaeus (of Abba), Stuart Alden “Stu” Cook (of Creedence Clearwater Revival), Andrew Ivan “Andy” Bell (of Erasure), Albert Nelson (better known as Albert King) and Ella Jane Fitzgerald; sports greats DeAngelo Williams, Antonio Cromartie (both football), Timothy Theodore “Tim” Duncan, Meadow “Meadowlark” Lemon (both basketball) and Joseph Francis “Joe” Buck (announcer); director “Paul” Irwin Mazursky; inventor Guglielmo Marconi, Sylvia cartoonist Nicole Hollander and journalist Egbert Roscoe Murrow (better known as Edward R. Murrow).
In addition to Eeyore’s Birthday, today is DNA Day, Hairstylists Appreciation Day, Hug a Plumber Day, Red Hat Society Day, World Penguin Day, License Plate Day, Malaria Awareness Day and International Marconi Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have a terrific birthday today!