Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five superlative visual journalists…
Paige Braddock is creative director for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates in Santa Rosa, Calif. A 1985 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Paige spent two years as an artist and illustrator with the Orlando Sentinel before joining the Chicago Tribune in 1991. A year later, she moved to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She left newspapers in 1999 to go to work for Schulz — the famed creator of the Peanuts comic strip — editing and art directing every Peanuts product created in the world and, on occasion, illustrating some herself. Find the Schulz empire’s online home here and Paige’s home page here. Find the home of Paige’s own comic strip, Jane’s World, here. Find a series of graphic novels she’s illustrated — the Martian Confederacy — here. Find her Twitter feed here. Paige turns 52 today.
Josh Kerns is a multimedia storyteller for News Talk 97.3 FM radio, KIRO in Seattle, Wash. A 1991 graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., Josh earned a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. He worked for KOMO TV in Seattle, Waggener Edstrom in Bellevue, Wash., Weber Shandwick in Seattle and GCTV and WCTV in New York City before joining KIRO in 2007. Find his Twitter feed here.
Jill Reed is a community relations specialist for the city of Torrance, Calif. A 1999 graduate of El Camino College, Jill spent eight years as a designer and copy editor for the Daily Breeze of Torrance. She moved to the Orange County Register in 2006 and worked as a copy editor, page designer and photo editor. She also wrote a food column. Jill left the OCR last summer and started municipal work last September.
Allyson Switzer is a photographer based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A 1987 graduate of Winthrop College in Rock Hill, Allyson went to both high school and college with yours truly. She’s one of my best and oldest friends in the world. She started shooting a couple of years ago and is now taking on assignments for the local alt-weekly, Surge. She’s also doing weddings and portrait work. Find her web site here and her Facebook fan page here. In her spare time, Allyson is a school psychologist. Find her Instagram feed here and her Twitter feed here.
Laura Widner is associate director of the Associated Collegiate Press/National Scholastic Press Association and based in Minneapolis. A 1979 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Laura spent 29 years as director of student publications there at Northwest Missouri State. She earned a master’s degree in 2001 from Iowa State University and a second degree in 2012 from Northwest Missouri State. She became general manager of the Iowa State Daily in 2012 and moved to her current position in January. Find her Twitter feed here.
Josh, Jill, Laura, Allyson and Paige share a birthday with actors George Timothy Clooney, Adrianne Palicki, Gabourey Sidibe and Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Piero Filiberto Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla (better known as Rudolph Valentino); musicians Robert Broderick James “Robbie” McIntosh (of the Average White Band) and Robert Clarke “Bob” Seger; writer/director/actor George Orson Welles; movie production designer Anton Furst; voice actor Ross Bagdasarian Jr.; TV host Tom Bergeron; sports greats Martin Pierre Brodeur (hockey), Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (boxing), Wendy Ward (golf), Willie Howard Mays Jr. (baseball), Christopher Jason Witten (football), Wilbur Charles “Weeb” Ewbank (football coach) and Christopher “Chris” Emmanuel Paul (basketball); U.K. prime minister Anthony Charles Lynton “Tony” Blair; explorer Robert Edwin Peary; historian Theodore Harold White; author Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux and the inventor of psychoanalysis, Sigismund Schlomo Freud.
In addition, today is Bike to School Day, No Diet Day, No Homework Day, Nurses Day, World Asthma Day and the Great American Grump Out. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, y’all! Best wishes!