Birthdays for Thursday, Nov. 27

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


Julie Frady is a design professional based in Long Beach, Calif. A 1986 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Julie spent 11 years as a features art director for the Chicago Tribune and then six-and-a-half years as a senior features designer for the New York Post. She left New York in 2011 to move to the West Coast. She spent a few months doing contract work for the features department of the Los Angeles Times, and then a year as a senior features designer for the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. She volunteers at the Aquarium of the Pacific.


Jeremy Gustafson is sports team leader for the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A 2002 graduate of Iowa State University, Jeremy went to work right away for the Des Moines Register. He moved over to the studio when it staffed up in 2011. Find Jeremy’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Jeremy turns 36 today.


Michael Miller is editor in chief of the Toledo (Ohio) Free Press. A 1996 graduate of the University of Toledo, Michael worked as news editor of the Daily Telegram of Adrian, Mich., before taking over in Toledo in 2005.


Bill Wambeke is a page designer for the Wisconsin team at the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A graduate of Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D., Bill sever as a reporter, copy editor and outdoors editor for the Aberdeen, S.D., American News and the Press of Sheridan, Wyo., before joining the Twin Falls, Idaho, Times-News in 2006 as a copy editor and page designer. He moved to the Journal Star of Lincoln, Neb., in 2010 and then again to the Forum of Fargo, N.D., in 2011 as presentation editor. He moved to Des Moines in 2013. Find his portfolio here. Bill turns 33 today.

Bill, Jeremy, Michael and Julie share a birthday with actors Sharlto Copley, Alison Courtney Pill, Brooke Langton, William Edward Fichtner, Samantha Bond, Jaleel Ahman White (the guy who played “Urkel” on Family Matters), Robin Simone Givens, and the late, great Lee Jun-fan (better known as Bruce Lee); musicians Edward Thomas “Eddie” Rabbitt and Johnny Allen “Jimi” Hendrix; directors Adam Michael Shankman and Kathryn Ann Bigelow; screenwriter James Rufus Agee; children’s TV show hosts Robert Emil Schmidt (better known as Buffalo Bob Smith) and William Sanford “Bill” Nye (“the Science Guy”); Dancing With the Stars co-host Samantha Harris; sports greats Larry Christopher Allen and Kenneth John O’Brien (both football), Iván Rodríguez, James Calvin “Jimmy” Rollins, Michael Lorri “Mike” Scioscia (all three baseball) and Francis Dayle “Chick” Hearn (basketball announcer); children’s book author Kevin Henkes; biographer Gail Sheehy, Filipino leader Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., politician Timothy James “Tim” Pawlenty and presidential daughter — and now ambassador to Japan – Caroline Bouvier Kennedy.

In addition to Thanksgiving, today is the National Day of Mourning. Seriously.

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

The front pages of both editions of today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Evan Hill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sent us the first and second editions of today’s front page.

The focus today was the giant disturbance outside Ferguson City Hall. Lead photo in the first edition by Huy Mach showed a police car that had been set afire.


In the final edition, the blurbs up top changed and the “Street Protests” story updated.


The picture of police officers standing guard outside city hall was by Christian Gooden.

The designer, Evan tells us, was Norma Klingsick.

Average daily circulation for the Post-Dispatch is 187,992.

Other posts here in the blog about the Post-Dispatch‘s coverage of the situation in Ferguson:

  • Aug. 18: At look at the past week’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch front pages
  • Aug. 27: More Michael Brown-related front pages from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Nov. 25: All three edition front pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Birthdays for Wednesday, Nov. 26

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


Christopher Foster is an illustrator, designer and copy editor for Lee Enterprises in Madison, Wis. A 1995 graduate of Illinois State University, Chris spent a year-and-a-half as an ad artist for the News-Sun of Waukegan, Ill., before moving to the Beacon-News of Aurora, Ill. as a news and special sections designer. He moved to the News-Sun of Lake County in 2001 as a sports and features designer, was named lead designer and systems editor in 2004. He joined the GateHouse hub in Rockford, Ill., in 2012 and leaped to Lee in June. Chris turns 43 today.


Mike Jarboe is chief of the copy desk for the Times Union of Albany, N.Y. He also writes a horseracing and handicapping column for the paper. A product of Pennsylvania Military College, Mike spent a few years as a freelance reporter for the Courier Post and the Burlington County Times of Willingboro, N.J., before signing on at the Register-News of Bordentown, N.J., in 1977 as a cops and government reporter. In 1979, he moved to the Burlington Country Herald of Mount Holly, N.J., as a cops reporter and, eventually, editor. He moved in 1981 Syracuse to become metro editor of the Post-Standard. He became Op-Ed editor and then moved again in 1987 to a copy editing spot at the Milwaukee Sentinel. Mike has been with the Times Union coming up on 25 years. In his spare time, he plays the fiddle. Find his Twitter feed here.


Megan Ruyle is a copy editor and designer for the Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. A 2002 graduate of UNC-Wilmington, Megan worked as a copy editor and designer for the Wilmington Star-News before attending grad school at the University of Missouri. She then worked as a designer at the Lewiston, Maine, Sun Journal and then as a copy editor for Gannett’s Army Times Publishing company in Springfield, Va., just south of D.C. She moved to her current job in 2009. Find her portfolio here, her fitness and running blog here and her Twitter feed here. Megan turns 35 today.


Rinku Sharma is deputy news editor for design at the Hindustan Times in New Delhi, India. He turns 31 today.

Rinku, Megan, Christopher and Mike share a birthday with actors Kristin Neubauer (better known as Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Richard Caruthers “Rich” Little; musicians Robert Gerard Goulet, John Graham McVie (of Fleetwood Mac), Natasha Anne Bedingfield, Rita Sahatçiu Ora and Anna Mae Bullock (better known as Tina Turner); sports greats Arthur “Art” Shell, Harold Donald “Harry” Carson and Roger Wehrli (all three football), Dale Arnold Jarrett (auto racing), Vernon Louis “Lefty” Gomez, Matthew Martin “Matt” Carpenter (both baseball) and Shawn T. Kemp (basketball); sci-fi author Frederik George Pohl Jr.; TV journalist Arnold Eric Sevareid, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and cartoonist Charles Monroe Schulz.

In addition, today is Tie One On Day. Seriously.

Have a fantastic birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

All three edition front pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Here was the first edition of today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the day after a grand jury elected not to charge the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo., this summer.


The lead photo was of police officers in riot gear, as a police car burns in the background. The picture was by staffer Christian Gooden.

Not a whole lot changed for the second edition front.


For the third edition, the stories updated and the lead photo was swapped for one that showed folks taking photos of themselves in front of a burning business on West Florissant Street.


The photo was by Robert Cohen.

Assistant managing editor for presentation Santiago Carlos Ayulo tells us the pages were designed by Wade Wilson, Josh Renaud and himself:

The three of us kicked around [ideas] with night news editor Ron Wade a couple of days ago.

Average daily circulation for the Post-Dispatch is 187,992.

Birthdays for Tuesday, Nov. 25

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to nine remarkable visual journalists…


Jacqueline Bica is a freelance editorial designer in Santa Rosa, Brazil. A 2004 graduate of the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Jacqueline spent five years as a designer and artist for the Jornal do Comércio and Jornal Bem Estar in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Jacqueline turns 33 today.


Tom Brew is an editor for the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A 1980 graduate of Indiana University, Tom was a sportswriter for the St. Petersburg Times and then spent five years as night sports editor for the Tampa Tribune. He moved to the Indianapolis Star in 2004 as chief of the copy desk but was laid off in June 2011. His novel — The Ties that Bind – was released last month. Find his Twitter feed here. Tom turns 56 today.


Alex Chihak is an editor for the Associated Press in Phoenix, Ariz. A 2005 graduate of the University of Arizona, Alex served as chief of the copy desk for the Arizona Daily Wildcat and a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund internship at the Denver Post before signing on as a copy editor and page designer for the News-Messenger/News Herald of Fremont, Ohio. In 2008, he moved to the Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas to work slot, design pages and produce web pages. He moved to the Austin American-Statesman in 2011 but was then folded into the Cox Media Group editing hub in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 2012. He joined the AP in February. Alex is also a huge fan of amusement park roller coasters. Find his hobby web site here and his photo blog here. Alex turns 32 today.


Jeff Eckhoff is communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. A 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri, Jeff spent two years with the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune before moving to the Philadelphia Inquirer as a suburban reporter. He then worked with the Central Penn Business Journal before moving to the Des Moines Register in 1996 as a courts reporter. He also covered business and government in his 17 years with the Register. Gannett laid off in 2013. He freelanced a while before joining CIRAS last winter. Find Jeff’s Twitter feed here.


Mike Hixenbaugh is a military reporter for the Virginian-Pilot. A 2007 graduate of the University of Akron, Mike was news editor of the student paper there, the Buchtelite. He reported for the Courier-Journal of Ravenna, Ohio before signing on with the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram in 2007. He moved to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer in 2010 and then to the Pilot in 2011. He switched from education to the military beat in 2012. Find Mike’s web site here and his Twitter feed here. Mike turns 30 today.


Cindy Miller is a communications, management and training consultant in Marietta, Ga. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Cindy earned a master’s degree from Kennesaw State University and spent seven years as a features editor at the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily News and then ten years as metro editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She works as a consultant by herself and also as a team with her husband, Edward. In addition, Cindy is director of marketing and strategy for WOW! transformations, a training firm. Find her web site here, her blog here, her Twitter feed here, WOW’s site here and Edward’s page here.


Terry Plumb retired seven years ago after 20 years as editor of the Herald of Rock Hill, S.C. A 1966 graduate of Notre Dame, Terry spent time working in U.S. Army Intelligence. He spent two years as editor of the Sun of Clearwater, Fla., and nine as editor of the Island Packet of Hilton Head, S.C. before moving to Rock Hill in 1987. He spent a year or so as a media relations specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau and still does some writing and editing on the side. Terry turns 69 today.


Elizabeth Sedrel is copy chief for Better Homes and Gardens magazine in Des Moines, Iowa. A graduate of Northwestern University, she spent several years at the Des Moines Register and then at Meredith/Kraft Integrated Marketing. She’s also an instructor at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping in Des Moines.


Warren Watson is a journalism consultant and trainer based in East Winthrop, Maine. A 1973 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Warren spent seven years as managing editor of the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and six years as a vice president at the American Press Institute in Reston, Va. He served as president of the Society for News Design in 2003 and then was Director of J-Ideas for Ball State University’s First Amendment Institute. He earned a master’s degree from Ball State in 2008 and spent five years as executive director of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in Phoenix, Ariz. He moved back east in August. Warren turns 64 today.

Mike, Alex, Jacqueline, Jeff, Elizabeth, Tom, Cindy, Warren and Terry share a birthday with actors Christina Applegate, Jillian Noel Hennessy, William Albert “Billy” Burke, John Barnard Larroquette, Henry Herman McKinnies (better known as Jeffrey Hunter), Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino (better known as just Ricardo Montalbán) and Noel Neill; musicians Percy Sledge and Amy Lee Grant; presidential children Jenna Welch Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush and John Fitzgerald “John-John” Kennedy Jr.; sports greats Edward William “Eddie” Shore (hockey), Russell Earl O’Dey (better known as Bucky Dent), Joseph Paul DiMaggio, Nicholas Thompson “Nick” Swisher (all three baseball), Donovan Jamal McNabb, Cristopher D. “Cris” Carter, Bernard Joseph “Bernie” Kosar Jr. (all three football), Joe Jackson Gibbs and Charles “Chip” Kelly (football coaches); mystery author Charlaine Harris; steel magnate-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie; automotive inventor Karl Benz; Chilean leader Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte; prohibition advocate Carrie Amelia Moore Nation, convicted Enron executive Jeffrey Keith “Jeff” Skilling and Nixon-speechwriter-turned-actor-turned TV pitchman Benjamin Jeremy “Ben” Stein.

In addition, today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Shopping Reminder Day, Blasé Day and International Hat Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have the best birthday ever!