Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four amazing visual journalists…
Stephen Beard is video editor for the Indianapolis Star. A 1997 graduate of Ball State University, Stephen spent two years as night editor of the Journal Review of Crawfordsville, Ind., before joining the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1999 as a graphics reporter. He moved to the Star in 2006 as a senior news artist and moved to the digital side a year ago. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.
Scott Horner is chief creative officer for Swarm Interactive in Chapel Hill, N.C. A 1990 graduate of the University of Central Florida, Scott spent nine years as assistant graphics editor of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and served a year-long fellowship at Stanford University before becoming the Sun-Sentinel’s multimedia director in 1996. He left in 2008 to co-found and then work full-time with Swarm. Find Swarm’s Facebook page here. Scott turns the big five-oh today.
John McCutchen is director of photography and video for the San Diego Union-Tribune. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, John has worked at the U-T for coming up on 28 years as a shooter, picture editor and assignment editor. Find his Twitter feed here.
Susan Santola is a designer for the Syracuse Media Group in Syracuse, N.Y. A graduate of Onondaga Community College, Susan has been with the Post-Standard 32 years. Find her Twitter feed here.
Stephen, Susan, John and Scott share a birthday with actors Benjamin Edward “Ben” Stiller, Robert Peter Williams (better known as Robert Guillaume), Kaley Christine Cuoco, Perrey Reeves, Elisha Ann Cuthbert, Kevin Conroy, Colin Andrew Mochrie, Richard Donald Crenna and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.; musicians Clayton Holmes Grissom (better known as Clay Aiken), Mandel Bruce “Mandy” Patinkin, William Michael Albert Broad (better known as Billy Idol) and Allan Sherman; TV show host and producer Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark; playwright David Alan Mamet; directors Ridley Scott, David Yates and Christopher John “Chris” Weitz; internet comedy star Ian Hecox; sports greats Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson (football and baseball), Shane Patrick Victorino (baseball), Gary Winston Lineker (soccer), Nyjah Imani Huston (skateboarding), Bill Walsh (football coach) and Joe Beasman Hall (basketball coach); authors Jonathan Swift and Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known as Mark Twain); comic book writer Christopher S. “Chris” Claremont; activist Abbot Howard “Abbie” Hoffman; anti-activist George Gordon Battle Liddy and politicians Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm and Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.
In addition to Cyber Monday, today is Computer Security Day, National Meth Awareness Day and Stay Home Because You’re Well Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday today, all! Best wishes!