Birthdays for Tuesday, Aug. 26

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five talented visual journalists…


Dennis Bolt is a freelance graphic artist and illustrator and proprietor of Dennis Bolt Studio in Sebastopol, Calif. A 1997 graduate of the University of Oregon, Dennis spent seven years as an artist for the Marin Independent Journal in Novato, Calif., before becoming graphics editor of the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa. He left the PD to go freelance in 2007. Find his online portfolio here, his studio’s Facebook page here and his art teaching blog here. Find his Twitter feed here. Dennis turns 40 today.


John Fuentes is head of computer graphics for el Nacional in Caracas, Venezuela. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.


Doug Hardy is a web developer and online publisher, most notably via Independent Media and A 1991 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Doug worked as a sportswriter for the Register Citizen of Litchfield, Conn., a wire editor for the Bristol (Conn.) Press and news editor for the Durango (Colo.) Herald before signing on as associate editor and internet supervisor for the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Conn. He left the paper in 2011 to concentrate on his current ventures. Find his Twitter feed here. Doug turns 46 today.


Alex Probst Pruneda is art director of Periódico Noroeste in Culiacán, Mexico. Find his blog here.


Betty Villalobos is a features designer for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. A 2013 graduate of Cal State Long Beach, Betty worked for the student paper there, the Daily 49er, starting out as an ad sales associate and working her way up to design director. She interned at Haute Life PR of Redondo Beach and at Sun Newspapers of Seal Beach, Calif. She start work for LANG last year. Find her portfolio here. Betty turns 23 today.

Betty, Alex, John, Dennis and Doug share a birthday with actors Macauley Carson Culkin, Michael Jeter, Melissa Ann McCarthy, Tori Black and Christopher Whitelaw “Chris” Pine; musicians Branford Marsalis, Casandra Elizabeth “Cassie” Ventura and Shirley Ann Manson; movie trailer narrator Donald Leroy “Don” LaFontaine; explorer Christopher Columbus; sports greats Jamal Lafitte Lewis (football), Elvis Augusto Andrus Torres (baseball), James Edward Harden Jr., Stanley Van Gundy and Thomas William “Tom” Heinsohn (all three basketball); politician Geraldine Anne Ferraro; novelist Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood; astronaut John Elmer Blaha; journalists Irving Raskin Levine and Benjamin Crowninshield “Ben” Bradlee and humanitarian Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (better known as Mother Teresa).

In addition, today is National Dog Day and Women’s Equality Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday!

Birthdays for Monday, Aug. 25

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


Roy Greene is senior assistant metro editor for the Boston Globe. A 1986 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Roy spent ten years as a copy editor for the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. He edited the Cambodia Daily of Phnom Penh for a year and then joined the Globe in 1997 as a copy editor. He was promoted to deputy foreign editor in 2001 and to his current position in 2007. Find his Twitter feed here. Roy turns 50 today.


Robert McLean is a designer and copy editor with the Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, Colo. He’s a 2008 graduate of Central Michigan University. Find his portfolio here. Robert turns 28 today.


Marc Rapport is online editor and technology reporter for the Credit Union Times of Columbia, S.C. and an adjunct instructor at the University of South Carolina. A 1978 graduate of Ohio’s Kent State University, Marc earned a master’s degree from Ohio State University. He worked with the Associated Press, at the Herald in Rock Hill, S.C. and the State in Columbia. He spent two years as public relations manager for Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and five with the state Parks, Recreation and Tourism agency. Find his Twitter feed here. Marc turns 58 today.

Robert, Roy and Marc share a birthday with actors Thomas Sean Connery, Blake Christina Lively, Rachel Sarah Bilson, Thomas Roy “Tom” Skerritt, Joanne Whalley and Blair Underwood; musicians Declan Patrick MacManus (better known as Elvis Costello), Robert John Arthur “Rob” Halford (of Judas Priest), William “Billy” Ray Cyrus, Chaim Weitz (better known as Gene Simmons of Kiss) and Leonard Bernstein; TV hosts Rachael Domenica Ray, Regis Francis Xavier Philbin and Monte Halperin (better known as Monte Hall); supermodel Claudia Schiffer; director Timothy Walter Burton; sports greats Angela Park (golf), Roland Glen “Rollie” Fingers, Albert Jojuan Belle and Justin Irvin Upton (all three baseball), Reginald Wayne “Reggie” Miller (basketball), Cornelius O’Landra Bennett, Charles Alvin “Charlie” Sanders and Marvin Daniel Harrison (all three football); politician George Corley Wallace Jr.; humor columnist Patrick Francis McManus; disgraced newspaper publisher Conrad Moffat Black and cartoonist Walter Crawford Kelly Jr.

In addition, today is National Whiskey Sour Day, National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day, Kiss and Make Up Day and Founders Day for the U.S. Postal Service. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a fabulous birthday today!

Birthdays for Sunday, Aug. 24

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


Teri Boggess is a proofreader for Capstrat of Raleigh, N.C. A 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Teri spent more than five years as a copy editor for the Chattanooga Times. She then moved to the Roanoke (Va.) Times for five more years and then moved again to the News & Observer of Raleigh in 1994. The N&O laid her off in 2011 — after 17 years of service — when the McClatchy company moved all its copy editing and design work to Charlotte. She found work with the N.C. Energy Office in Raleigh, and then joined Capstrat in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here.


Robin Daughtridge is associate managing editor for photography and video at the Chicago Tribune. A 1981 graduate of Northwestern University, Robin served as a features copy editor for the Austin American-Statesman before becoming director of photography at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1982. She moved to the Tribune in 1995. She spent ten years on the board of visitors for the University of North Carolina’s School of Journalism. Find her department’s blog here and its Facebook fan page here. Find Robin’s Twitter feed here.


Jenny Fischer is an instructor at Colorado State University and creative services coordinator for Launch, Inc. A 1998 graduate of Colorado State, Jenny spent four years as a marketing designer with the Fort Collins Coloradoan. She moved to JAX Outdoor Gear in 2002 and then to the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corp. a year later. She served five years as design chair of the College Media Advisors. She’s taught at CSU since 2008. She joined Launch last summer. Find her Twitter feed here.


Lou Hansen is a reporter for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. A graduate of the University of Rochester in New York, Lou earned a Master’s degree from New York University in 1995. He worked for Newsday on Long Island and the Philadelphia Inquirer before joining the Pilot in 1997. For most of his stay in Norfolk, Lou has specialized in covering military affairs. He spent time covering the Norfolk court systems before being assigned exclusively to the Pilot’s iPad edition last summer. He left the Pilot last week for a John S. Knight fellowship at Stanford University in California. Find his Twitter feed here.

Jenny, Robin, Teri and Lou share a birthday with actors Rupert Alexander Grint, Stephen John Fry, David Ichari Webber “Dave” Chappelle, Marlee Bethany Matlin, Kenneth George “Kenny” Baker, Chad Michael Murray, Steven Robert “Steve” Guttenberg, Jennifer Ann Lien and Charles Adams Claverie (better known as Charles Rocket); TV hosts Craig Kilborn and Homer Durwood Kirby; wrestling promoter Vincent Kennedy McMahon; sports greats Calvin Edwin “Cal” Ripken Jr., Rafael Antonio Furcal (both baseball), Reginald Wayne “Reggie” Miller (basketball), Arian Isa Foster, John Banaszak (both football) and Michael Edward “Mike” Shanahan (football coach); writers Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (better known as Jorge Luis Borges) and Christopher John “Chris” Offutt; astronauts Gregory Bruce Jarvis and Anna Lee Tingle Fisher; mobster “Don” Carlo Gambino; Palestinian leader Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat Al-Qudwa al-Husseini (better known as Yasser Arafat) and politicians Joseph Maxwell Cleland and Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee.

In addition, today is Knife Day, Vesuvius Day, National Waffle Iron Day, Pluto Demoted Day and Go Topless Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday!

Birthdays for Saturday, Aug. 23

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


Craig Silverman is editor of Regret the Error and an adjunct faculty member of the Poynter Institute. A 1999 graduate of Montreal’s Concordia University, Craig has worked as a writer for for NewCanadian magazine, an editor for PBS’ MediaShift and Idea Lab and as a columnist and blogger for the Columbia Journalism Review and the Toronto Globe & Mail. In 2010, he created OpenFile, a community news site that covers seven communities in Canada. He joined Poynter in 2011. Most recently, Craig was director of content for Spundge, a content platform for tablet and mobile. Find his famed Regret the Error blog here and his book here.


Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Craig turns 37 today.


Bethany White is deputy director of Gannett’s Design Studio in Asbury Park, N.J. A 1996 graduate of the University of Memphis, Bethany worked as a features designer for the Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, La., before becoming design editor. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri in 2001 and then moved to the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y., where she served as custom content director and oversaw section redesigns. She also edited the N.Y. Nurses Network and the D&C’s Sunday travel page. She moved to the design studio in March 2011 as creative director and was promoted to her current position in 2012.

Bethany and Craig share a birthday with actors Shelley Lee Long, River Jude Phoenix, Jon Ferguson “Jay” Mohr, Scott Andrew Caan, Raymond Park, Robert Lee “Skipp” Sudduth IV and Barbara Jean Morehead (better known as Barbara Eden); musicians Keith John Moon, Richard Lewis Springthorpe (better known as Rick Springfield), Julian Fernando Casablancas (of the Strokes) and Mark Ruslander (better known as Mark Russell); dancer Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly; microbiologist Hamilton Othanel Smith, astronaut David Alexander Wolf; sports greats Natalie Ann Coughlin (swimming), Christian Dean DiMarco (golf), Nicole Bobek (figure skating), Kobe Bean Bryant, Jeremy Shu-How Lin (both basketball), Christian Adolph “Sonny” Jurgensen III (both football), Kenneth “Kenny” Wallace (auto racing) and Jeremy Schaap (ESPN) and motivational speaker Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger, the man who inspired the movie Rudy.

In addition, today is Valentino Day and the Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Seriously.

Best wishes, you two! Have a truly great birthday!

Birthdays for Friday, Aug. 22

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six excellent visual journalists…


Will Harris is a freelance pop culture and entertainment writer for the Onion AV Club, Popdose and the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., and associate editor of A 1992 graduate of Averett University in Newport News, Va., Will has also written for Amplifier magazine, and PortFolio Weekly. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Will turns 44 today.


Don Landgren is graphics editor for the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass. A 1984 graduate of Anna Maria College, Don went to work right away for the Telegram & Gazette as an artist. He was promoted to marketing services supervisor in 1989, to designer in 1992 and to chief graphic designer in 1997. He was named graphics editor last summer. In addition, Don has freelanced editorial cartoons and owns his own caricature business on the side. Find his editorial cartoon site here, his caricature business site here and his Twitter feed here.


Bill Ostendorf is owner of Creative Circle Media Consulting of Providence, R.I. A 1980 graduate of Northwestern University, Bill spent two years as news editor and copy desk chief of the Standard-Examiner of Ogden, Utah, before becoming graphics director of the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1985. He was promoted to assistant managing editor for visuals but then left to become managing editor for visuals and new product development of the Providence Journal in 1987. He left the Journal in 2000.


Will Sullivan is chief of mobile products for the Broadcasting Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., the agency that operates the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other projects. A graduate of Northwestern University, Will worked as a photographer and writer for the Toledo, Ohio, City Paper and then a designer and market researcher for the Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa, before moving to Florida in 2005. He worked as an online producer for Scripps’ Treasure Coast newspapers and the Palm Beach Post before moving to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2008 to become interactive director. He spent 2010 serving a Donald W. Reynolds journalism fellowship at the University of Missouri, studying the development of news content for mobile devices. In 2011, he returned to St. Louis as director of mobile news for Lee Enterprises and to serve as co-director for the 2011 Society for News Design workshop in St. Louis. Will moved to D.C. in 2012. In addition, Will is an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute, his Journerdism blog covers all aspects of online journalism and he’s secretary of the Online News Association. He’s co-founder and co-director of the Multimedia Immersion Workshop of the National Press Photographers Association. Find his Twitter feed here.


Eddie Wooten is sports editor of the News & Record of Greensboro, N.C. A 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina, spent two years as a reporter and wire editor for the Wilson (N.C.) Times before joining the News & Observer of Raleigh in 1986. Eddie worked as a news copy editor, sports copy editor and then assistant sports editor before moving to Greensboro in 2004 as government editor. He moved into sports again in 2010. A runner, Eddie has participated in 16 marathons since his first in 2004. Find his Running Shorts blog here and his Twitter feed here.


Jeremy Wyatt is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville, Tenn. A 2006 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Jeremy worked as online editor and then art director of the student publication there, Sidelines. Upon graduation, he joined the Tennessean as a designer and then slid over to the studio in 2011.

Will, Jeremy, Will, Don, Eddie and Bill share a birthday with actors Kristen Carroll Wiig, Honor Blackman, Cynthia Jane “Cindy” Williams and Valerie Harper; musicians Myra Ellen “Tori” Amos, Layne Thomas Staley (of Alice in Chains), Carmine Granito (better known as Ron Dante, the lead singer of the Archies), Roland Orzabal (of Tears for Fears), John Lee Hooker, Chuck Brown and Claude-Achille Debussy; chef and TV host Giada De Laurentiis; sports greats Paul Leo Molitor, Carl Michael Yastrzemski (both baseball), Mats Wilander (tennis), Randall Ladonald Cobb II (football) and Duane Charles “Bill” Parcells (football coach); U.S. Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf; Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping; writers Dorothy Rothschild (better known as Dorothy Parker) and Ray Douglas Bradbury; photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Washington Star columnist Mary McGrory and 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft.

In addition, today is Hug Your Boss Day, International Tongue Twister Day, Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, World Daffodil Day and Be and Angel Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday!