Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven top-notch visual journalists…
Beto Alvarez is a graphics reporter and artist for the San Diego Union-Tribune. A 1998 graduate of Tarrant County College, Beto spent six years as a graphic artist and illustrator for the Dallas Morning News before moving to the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2002. He moved to San Diego in 2010. In addition, Beto is brand director for a beach-driven women’s lifestyle brand called LMNADE. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Beto turns 38 today.
Anita Hagin is general manager of Savannah magazine and an assistant managing editor of the Savannah Morning News. A 1998 graduate of the University of Missouri, Anita spent a year as a features designer for the Independent-Mail of Anderson, S.C., before moving to production and design manager of Maryland’s MidAmerica Farm Publications in 1999. She moved to the Savannah Morning News in 2001 as page one designer and them moved up to news editor and presentation editor and finally AME. Anita also redesigned other papers in the Morris Communications chain. She moved over to Savannah magazine in 2011. Find her Twitter feed here. Anita turns the big four-oh today.
Brittany Hannah is a freelance photojournalist in Orange, Calif. A 2009 graduate of Berry College near Rome, Ga., Brittany served as photo editor of the student paper there, the Campus Carrier. She interned for the Rome News-Tribune and then worked there for nearly two years. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Brittany turns 29 today.
Alan Formby-Jackson is story editor for the shared content unit of the Trinity Mirror newspaper group in Middlesbrough, England. A 1994 graduate of Newcastle College, Alan spent four years with NCJ Media. He became a designer and sub editor for Gazette Media in 2003 and earned a master’s degree in design from the University of Teesside in 2005. He became multimedia desk editor for the Evening Gazette in Middlesbrough in 2009. Alan moved to his current position in 2013. He’s also the director of Region 15 of the Society for News Design. Find his portfolio here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Alan turns 42 today.
Leanne Potts is vice president of editorial at Scripps Networks Interactive in Knoxville, Tenn. A 1988 graduate of Auburn University, Leanne earned a BFA at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota in 1992. She worked as metro desk editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and assistant news editor of the Naples Daily News before landing at the Albuquerque Tribune in 1994, where she worked as a reporter, a designer and assistant business editor. She left the Tribune in 2004, freelanced for a couple of years and, in 2006, became editorial director for Scripps. She was promoted to her current position in 2010. Find Leanne’s Twitter feed here.
Holly Roberson is a journalist in Atlanta, Ga. A 1993 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Holly spent three years as a reporter for the Wilmington Star-News and then three more years as assistant local editor at the Daily Press of Newport News before becoming chief of the Virginian-Pilot’s Chesapeake bureau in 2004. She moved to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2007 and was named editor of the Sunday metro section in 2010. She was most recently associate regional editor for the Atlanta office of AOL’s Patch.
Lizzie Rosegrant is a designer for Phillips Edison & Company, a real estate firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. A 2011 graduate of Ohio University, Lizzie served internships with Cincy magazine in Cincinnati, the Hoxworth Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati and VF Outlet in Reading, Pa. Find her portfolio site here and her Twitter feed here.
Brittany, Lizzie, Leanne, Alan, Beto, Anita and Holly share a birthday with actors Donald Frank “Don” Cheadle Jr., Anna Kay Faris, Kim Delaney, Cathy Moriarty-Gentile, Rose Diane Ladner (better known as Diane Ladd), Jeffrey David “Jeff” Fahey, Lucas York Black, Diego Andrés González Boneta and Thomas Edward “Tom” Sizemore Jr.; musicians Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty (of the Mamas & the Papas), Barry Goudreau (of Boston) and Charles Frank “Chuck” Mangione; comedians Howard Michael “Howie” Mandel and Garry Shandling; sports greats Mariano Rivera (baseball), Ryan Joseph Wilson (better known as soccer star Ryan Joseph Giggs), Shannon Brown (basketball) and Russell Carrington Wilson (football); authors Madeleine L’Engle, Louisa May Alcott and Clive Staples “C.S.” Lewis; politician Paul Martin Simon; scientist Christian Andreas Doppler, magazine editor Margaret Curtis (better known as Maggie Thompson) and sports broadcaster Vincent Edward “Vin” Scully.
In addition, today is Electronic Greetings Day and Square Dancing Day. Seriously.
Have an amazing birthday today, all! Best wishes!