Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…
Olivia Allen-Price is an interactive and engagement producer for KQED public media of San Francisco, Calif. A 2009 graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, Olivia was editor-in-chief of the student paper there, the Pendulum, and interned at the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pa. and in the press office of the Liberal Democrats in London, England, before joining the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk in 2009 as an online producer. She moved to the Baltimore Sun in 2011 as deputy director of audience engagement. She moved to the west coast in 2013. Find her web site here, her blog here and her Twitter feed here.
Joanita Cillié is a lifestyles editor for Media24′s parenting magazines Your Pregnancy, Your Baby, Baba and Kleuter. She’s based in Johannesburg, South Africa. A graduate of the University of Stellenbosch, Joanita spent several years as a reporter for Sake24, a business news operation that supplies pages for three daily Afrikaans-language newspapers across South Africa. She moved over to the magazine division in 2010. Find her Twitter feed here.
J. Ford Huffman is a news media consultant based in Washington, D.C. A magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University, J. Ford worked at the Wheeling (W.Va.) News-Register and then moved to Gannett in 1977. He was part of the group that built the first prototypes for USA Today and served as a content editor for the Life section once that paper launched. He was named managing editor of the Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union in 1984 and then managing editor of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in 1986. He then became the first managing editor for features, graphics and photography at the Gannett News Service. He moved back into USA Today in 1999 as deputy managing editor, art-directing page one. He left USA Today in 2007 to become a consultant, instructor and a fine artist. In 2011, he co-edited a book for the Marine Corps War College. Find his artwork site here.
Todd Lindeman is senior graphics editor for the Washington Post. A 1993 graduate of Rhode Island College, Todd spent three years as a staff artist for the Providence Journal and then four more years with the Rocky Mountain News before moving to Washington, D.C., in 2000 to work for a wire service there. He moved to the Post in 2005. Find samples of his work here and his Twitter feed here.
Jodi Miskell is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix, Ariz. A 2005 graduate of Indiana University, Jodi spent a summer as a skipper for the Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World and then two more summers as a communications coordinator for Disney’s real, live cruise line. She spent three years as a copy editor and artist for the Herald-Times of Bloomington, Ind., and then nearly five years as an editor for the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif., before migrating to the design studio in 2012. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Jodi turns 37 today.
Eryn Myrick is marketing brand manager for ChenMed, a health care operation in Miami, Fla. A 2002 graduate of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., Eryn spent three years as a copy editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal and then three more as a desk staffer at the Lawrence Journal-World. She left newspapers in 2008 to go into marketing communications at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka. She moved to Miami in July. Find her Twitter feed here.
Eryn, Olivia, Joanita, Todd, Jodi and J. Ford share a birthday with actors Garrett Hedlund, Samuel Nicholas “Nick” Wechsler, Christine Woods, Ashley Aubra Jones, Merritt Butrick, Alan Walbridge Ladd, Valerie Ritchie Perrine, Catherine Conn (better known as Kitty Carlisle Hart) and Carlos Irwin Estévez (that walking trainwreck better known as Charlie Sheen); musicians Alan Charles “Al” Jardine (of the Beach Boys), Don Brewer (of Grand Funk Railroad) and Jennifer Paige; sports greats Shaun Roger White (snowboarding), James Neal (hockey), Jevon Kearse, Mason Walker Crosby (both football) and John Richard “Dick” Motta (basketball coach); MTV video jockey Adam Clark Curry; radio host David L. Ramsey III; 9/11 Flight 93 hero Jeremy Logan Glick; architect Louis Henri Sullivan; automotive engineer Ferdinand Porche and cartoonist Addison Morton “Mort” Walker.
In addition, today is Penny Press Day. Seriously.
Have an excellent birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!