Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six brilliant visual journalists…
Josh Awtry is executive editor of Gannett’s Ashville, N.C., Citizen-Times and the News of Greenville, S.C. A 1998 graduate of Hastings College in south central Nebraska, Josh spent two years as a copy editor, entertainment editor and one-man graphics staff at the Independent of Grand Island, Neb. In 2000, he became design director for the Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. In 2003, he moved back to Grand Island to serve as managing editor for presentation. In 2004, Josh was named assistant managing editor for presentation for the Salt Lake Tribune. In 2011, he was named editor of the Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho. He moved to the Coloradoan of Fort Collins, Colo., that December. Last year, the Columbia Journalism Review recognized the work Josh did at the Coloradoan. He moved back to the Carolinas last winter. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Josh turns 39 today.
Bethany Bickley is a designer for the Star Advertiser of Honolulu, Hawaii. A 2010 graduate of Ohio University, Bethany won first place for features page and second place for art and illustration in the Society for News Design student design contest sponsored by Michigan State University. She signed on as a summer intern that year at the Huntsville (Ala.) Times, which wisely elected to keep her on permanently. Bethany moved to the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., in 2012, just before the Times’ parent company downsized and consolidated design into a hub in Birmingham. She started work for the Star-Advertiser in October. Find her online portfolio here, her NewspageDesigner gallery here and her Twitter feed here. Bethany turns 27 today.
Phillip Blanchard is a Bethesda, Md.-based free-lance editor and a contract editor for Tribune News Services. He’s also the man behind the Testy Copy Editors bulletin board site. Phillip started out as a reporter for a radio station in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1967 and worked his way through stations and newspapers across the state. In 1981, he became assistant city editor of the Schenectady Gazette and then chief slot editor of the Albany Times Union in 1986. In 1989, he moved to the Chicago Sun-Times and then again to the Washington Post in 2000. He left the Post in 2008. Find the Testy Copy Editors site here and its Facebook page here. Find Phillip’s Twitter feed here. Phillip turns 61 today.
Darla Cameron is an interactive graphics editor for the Washington Post. As a student at the University of Missouri, Darla worked as production manager for the Maneater and a designer and infographics teaching assistant at the Columbia Missourian. She also interned at the Tulsa (Okla.) World and served a summer fellowship at the Poynter Institute. She went to work for the St. Petersburg Times after she graduated in 2008, producing print and multimedia graphics and editing the paper’s home page two nights a week. She moved to the Post in 2012. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Darla turns 29 today.
Keith Kohn is assistant Long Island editor for Newsday in Melville, N.Y. A 1981 graduate of the University of South Florida, Keith spent two years as a writer for the Miami News. He spent 19 years as an editor at the Tampa Tribune and then two years as business editor of the Times Union of Albany, N.Y., before becoming night editor of the Orlando Sentinel in 1999. He moved to Newsday in 2011. Find his cancer survivor blog here (esophageal cancer; in remission for seven years) and his Twitter feed here.
Pat Weeden is curator of the Kelch Aviation Museum of Brodhead, Wis. A 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Pat spent 17 years as operations manager for weather services at Weather Central of Madison, Wis., the guys who produce weather maps for many of the nation’s newspapers. A railway fan, Pat edits a magazine for the Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society. He also sells helicopters and helicopter parts and freelances web site design.
Bethany, Darla, Josh, Keith, Pat and Philip share a birthday with actors Karen Sheila Gillan, Judd Asher Nelson, Edward Allen “Ed” Harris, Ryan Christian Kwanten and Hope Elise Ross Lange; musicians Paul Allen Wood Shaffer, Randall Stuart “Randy” Newman, Tremaine Aldon Neverson (better known as Trey Songz) and Berry Gordy Jr.; director Joseph “Joe” Dante Jr., dancer Alexander Borisovich Godunov; model Vickie Lynn Hogan (better known as Anna Nicole Smith); sports greats Paul Dryden Warfield (football), Matthew Derrick “Matt” Williams (baseball), Marc-André Fleury (hockey) and Henry Gilford Picard (golf); political consultant Dick Morris; politician Gary Warren Hartpence (better known as Gary Hart); longtime New York Times theater critic Justin Brooks Atkinson and faux newsman Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz (better known as Jon Stewart).
In addition to Black Friday, today is Flossing Day, Maize Day, National Native American Heritage Day and the National Day of Listening. Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have a wonderful birthday today!