Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…
Judie Anderson spent 19 years as an art director and illustrator for the Chicago Tribune before retiring in 2001. She’s a 1960 graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied under LeRoy Nieman. She spent several years as an illustrator of children’s textbooks before joining the Tribune in 1982. Get a glimpse of some of her work here. Judie turns 76 today.
Whitney Baker is web production and design manager for the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. A 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Whitney worked on the city and multimedia desks of the student paper there, the Daily Tar Heel and studied abroad at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. She interned at Paste magazine in Decatur, Ga., served a fellowship with UNC’s News21 project and then interned at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies in Durham. She also spent a year as a community coordinator for the Music Maker Relief Foundation in Hillsborough, N.C. She took on her current job last summer. Whitney turns 26 today.
Julie Elman is a professor at Ohio University. I’m on the record as calling her quite possibly the greatest A1 designer the world has ever seen. Her work at the Virginian-Pilot was nothing short of astounding. Julie joined the Pilot in 1994 as a night photo editor and then a designer. She taught at the University of Missouri for a year, then returned to the Pilot. She moved to Ohio in 2005. Her interesting artistic hobby: People write and tell her their fears and she illustrates it. Find her collection here and her blog here.
Sean Gentille is an NHL writer for the Sporting News, based in Pittsburgh, Pa. A 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, Sean served internships with USA Today, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post, most often working the dot-com side. He joined the Sporting News to work with an experimental PDF publication called Sporting News Today in 2008. He was promoted in 2011 to senior editor, in charge of hockey and hoops. He moved to the writing side in 2013. Find his story archive here and his Twitter feed here. Sean turns 29 today.
Deon Lamprecht is an editor, fact-checker and rewriter for Huisgenoot and You, popular general-interest magazines for Afrikaans and English-speaking readers, respectively, in South Africa. Previously, Deon was an assistant editor and features writer for Rapport, the national Afrikaans-language Sunday paper published in Johannesburg.
Jolene McHugh is an imaging specialist for the World-Herald of Omaha, Neb.
Whitney, Sean, Jolene, Deon, Julie and Judie share a birthday with actors John Adam Belushi, Ermes Effron Borgnino (better known as Ernest Borgnine), Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski (better known as Nastassia Kinski), Sharon Marie Tate, Matthew Lyn Lillard, Mischa Anne Marsden Barton, Kristen Schaal and Tatyana Marisol Ali; musicians Neil Leslie Diamond, Warren William Zevon, Julian Miles “Jools” Holland and Aaron Neville; comedian Yakov Naumovich Pokhis (better known as Yakov Smirnoff), sports greats Brian Cushing (football), Scott Andrew Speed (auto racing) and Mary Lou Retton (gymnastics), zoologist Desmond John Morris, televangelist Granville Oral Roberts and former presidential girlfriend Gertrude Gennifer Flowers.
In addition, today is Belly Laugh Day, Beer Can Day, National Compliment Day, National Peanut Butter Day, Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day and Fancy Rat and Mouse Day. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday, all! Best wishes!