Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…
Kristin Askelson is news director and content strategist for the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La. A 1991 graduate of Michigan State University, Kristin spent two-and-a-half years as copy desk chief of the Journal-News of Hamilton, Ohio. She moved to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer in 1998, serving as assistant features editor, features editor and then assistant managing editor before moving to Louisiana in 2010 as managing editor. She was promoted to her current position in 2013. Find her Twitter feed here.
Greg Haas is assistant online director for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A 1985 graduate of Colorado State University, Greg has been at the Review-Journal for 27 years, starting as a copy editor and then as assistant news editor and then assistant managing editor for systems and design. He moved into his current position in 2012. Greg turns 53 today.
Dan Murphy is head brewer at the Fairhope Brewing Company in Fairhope, Ala. A 2002 graduate of the University of Alabama, Dan served as a photographer, photo director and managing editor of the student paper there, the Crimson White. He spent five years as assistant manager of marketing for the university’s athletic department before joining the Lake City (Fla.) Reporter in 2003 as a page designer. He moved to the Mobile Press Register in 2004, designing pages and writing a beer column. He moved to the beer business in 2012. Find his Flickr feed here. Dan turns 36 today.
Patrick Smith is a digital journalist for the World-Herald of Omaha, Neb. A 2004 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Patrick worked as a reporter and a copy editor for the student paper there, the Daily Nebraskan, and served internships at the News-Post of Frederick, Md., and the New York Times. He spent a year as a copy editor for the Des Moines (Iowa) Register and then two at the Stelter marketing company before re-entering newspapers again in 2008 as night city editor of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star. In 2010, he was named assistant online editor for sports. In 2011, he leaped to the World-Herald.
Aaron Steckelberg is art and graphics director for the San Diego Union-Tribune. A 1998 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Aaron spent a year-and-a-half as an artist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and a year at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before moving to the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000. He moved to the Boston Globe in 2004 and then to the Union-Tribune in 2006 as principal news artist. He was promoted to deputy graphics director in 2012 and then to his current position in 2013. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.
Brian Stewart is media relations director for MoveOn.org and based in Washington, D.C. A 2011 graduate of the University of Iowa, Brian worked for the Student Press Law Center and served as editor of the student newspaper there, the Daily Iowan. He started work at the Center for American Progress in 2011 as an associate editor and was promoted the next year to journalism and online communications manager at Campus Progress. He moved on to MoveOn last summer. Find Brian’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.
Aaron, Brian, Dan, Kristin, Patrick and Greg share a birthday with actors Vincent Phillip D’Onofrio, Brian Keith Bloom, Wendy Davis and Elizabeth Anne “Lizzy” Caplan; musicians Fantasia Monique Barrino (who normally goes by just her first name), Cheryl Ann Tweedy (better known as Cheryl Cole), Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman (of the Supremes), Hal Andrew Lindes (of Dire Straits) and Lena Mary Calhoun Horne; sports greats Michael Fred Phelps II (swimming), Chan-Ho Park (baseball), Mitchell James “Mitch” Richmond (basketball), Miles Jonathon Austin III (football), Sterling Marlin (auto racing) and Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson (boxing); magician Harry Blackstone Jr.; oceanographer Robert Duane Ballard, Your Grammar Sucks video host John Patrick “Jack” Douglass and nationally syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell.
In addition, today is National Organization for Women Day and Leap Second Time Adjustment Day. Seriously.
Have a great birthday, folks! Best wishes!