Birthdays for Wednesday, Nov. 25

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to ten top-notch visual journalists…


Dale Alison is managing editor of the Hawk Eye of Burlington, Iowa. A 1977 graduate of Kansas State University, Dale earned a master’s degree from that same institution in 1982. He spent three years as managing editor of Harris Electronic News before moving to the Hawk Eye in 1985. He has also taught at Iowa Wesleyan and Southeastern Community colleges. He’s a past president of the Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors. Find his Twitter feed here.


Jaqueline Bica is a freelance editorial designer in Santa Rosa, Brazil. A 2004 graduate of the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Jaqueline spent five years as a designer and artist for the Jornal do Comércio and Jornal Bem Estar in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Jaqueline turns 34 today.


Tom Brew is editor of Saturday Down South, which covers SEC football. He’s based in Longwood, Fla. A 1980 graduate of Indiana University, Tom was a sportswriter for the St. Petersburg Times and then spent five years as night sports editor for the Tampa Tribune. He moved to the Indianapolis Star in 2004 as chief of the copy desk but was laid off in June 2011. He then spent three years as an editor for the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tom left that job earlier this year.


His novel — The Ties that Bind — was released in 2014. Find his Twitter feed here. Tom turns 57 today.


Alex Chihak is an editor for the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix, Ariz. A 2005 graduate of the University of Arizona, Alex served as chief of the copy desk for the Arizona Daily Wildcat and a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund internship at the Denver Post before signing on as a copy editor and page designer for the News-Messenger/News Herald of Fremont, Ohio. In 2008, he moved to the Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas to work slot, design pages and produce web pages. He moved to the Austin American-Statesman in 2011 but was then folded into the Cox Media Group editing hub in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 2012. He spent a year-and-a-half with the Associated Press before joining the Phoenix hub last month. Alex is also a huge fan of amusement park roller coasters. Find his hobby web site here and his photo blog here. Alex turns 33 today.


Jeff Eckhoff is communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. A 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri, Jeff spent two years with the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune before moving to the Philadelphia Inquirer as a suburban reporter. He then worked with the Central Penn Business Journal before moving to the Des Moines Register in 1996 as a courts reporter. He also covered business and government in his 17 years with the Register. Gannett laid off in 2013. He freelanced a while before joining CIRAS last winter. Find Jeff’s Twitter feed here.


Mike Hixenbaugh is a military reporter for the Virginian-Pilot. A 2007 graduate of the University of Akron, Mike was news editor of the student paper there, the Buchtelite. He reported for the Courier-Journal of Ravenna, Ohio before signing on with the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram in 2007. He moved to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer in 2010 and then to the Pilot in 2011. He switched from education to the military beat in 2012. Find Mike’s web site here and his Twitter feed here. Mike turns 31 today.


Cindy Miller is a communications, management and training consultant via her firm, Cindy Miller Communications based in Marietta, Ga. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Cindy earned a master’s degree from Kennesaw State University and spent seven years as a features editor at the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily News and then ten years as metro editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She works as a consultant by herself and also as a team with her husband, Edward. In addition, Cindy is director of marketing and strategy for WOW! transformations, a training firm. Find her blog here, her Twitter feed here and Edward’s page here.


Terry Plumb retired eight years ago after 20 years as editor of the Herald of Rock Hill, S.C. A 1966 graduate of Notre Dame, Terry spent time working in U.S. Army Intelligence. He spent two years as editor of the Sun of Clearwater, Fla., and nine as editor of the Island Packet of Hilton Head, S.C. before moving to Rock Hill in 1987. He spent a year or so as a media relations specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau and still does some writing and editing on the side. Terry turns 70 today.


Elizabeth Sedrel is copy chief for Better Homes and Gardens magazine in Des Moines, Iowa. A graduate of Northwestern University, she spent several years at the Des Moines Register and then at Meredith/Kraft Integrated Marketing. She’s also an instructor at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping in Des Moines.


Warren Watson is the former executive editor of the Telegraph of Alton, Ill. A 1973 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Warren spent seven years as managing editor of the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and six years as a vice president at the American Press Institute in Reston, Va. He served as president of the Society for News Design in 2003 and then was Director of J-Ideas for Ball State University’s First Amendment Institute. He earned a master’s degree from Ball State in 2008 and spent five years as executive director of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in Phoenix, Ariz. He spent a year as a journalism consultant and trainer and moved to the Telegraph in April. He was informed two weeks ago that his position was being eliminated. Warren turns 65 today.

Mike, Alex, Dale, Jacquelina, Jeff, Elizabeth, Cindy, Tom, Warren and Terry share a birthday with actors Christina Applegate, Jillian Noel Hennessy, William Albert “Billy” Burke, John Barnard Larroquette, Henry Herman McKinnies (better known as Jeffrey Hunter), Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino (better known as just Ricardo Montalbán) and Noel Neill; musicians Percy Sledge and Amy Lee Grant; presidential children Jenna Welch Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush and John Fitzgerald “John-John” Kennedy Jr.; sports greats Edward William “Eddie” Shore (hockey), Russell Earl O’Dey (better known as Bucky Dent), Joseph Paul DiMaggio, Nicholas Thompson “Nick” Swisher (all three baseball), Donovan Jamal McNabb, Cristopher D. “Cris” Carter, Bernard Joseph “Bernie” Kosar Jr. (all three football), Joe Jackson Gibbs and Charles “Chip” Kelly (football coaches); mystery author Charlaine Harris; steel magnate-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie; automotive inventor Karl Benz; Chilean leader Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte; prohibition advocate Carrie Amelia Moore Nation, convicted Enron executive Jeffrey Keith “Jeff” Skilling and Nixon-speechwriter-turned-actor-turned TV pitchman Benjamin Jeremy “Ben” Stein.

In addition, today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, International Hat Day, Blasé Day and Tie One On Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Nov. 24

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


Larry Buchanan is a graphics and multimedia editor for the New York Times. A 2011 graduate of Indiana University, Larry served as art director for the Indiana Daily Student newspaper and Inside magazine, interned for the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and the school’s office of creative services. In addition, he spent a couple of years as a visual columnist for McSweeney’s magazine. Larry joined the Times in 2013. Find his personal web site here, his McSweeney’s work here and his Twitter feed here. Larry turns 27 today.


Ricardo Cervera is a designer for Grupo La República in Lima, Peru. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.


Katie Davis is a nursing assistant in Decatur, Ill. A 2006 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Katie spent a year at the News Democrat in Belleville, Ill, before moving to the State Journal Register of Springfield, Ill. She and her Springfield colleagues were laid off in 2012 when GateHouse moved all its editing and design functions to Rockford, Ill. Katie had also worked with adults with developmental disabilities, so it’s not surprising that she went into nursing. She still freelances for the News-Progress of Sullivan, Ill., and writes obits for the Herald & Review of Decatur. Find her portfolio here. Katie turns 33 today.


Alex Podlogar is content and social media manager for Pinehurst Resort in Sanford, N.C. A 1998 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Alex spent six years as sports editor of the Daily Courier of Forest City, N.C., before moving to the Sanford (N.C.) Herald in 2004. He spent two years as assistant sports information director at Fayetteville State University before moving to Pinehurst in 2012. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Alex turns 40 today.


Chuck Todd is a freelance illustrator and graphic artist via his firm, Chuck Todd Illustration, based in San Francisco. A 1989 graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, Chuck spent seven years as an artist for the News-Leader of Springfield, Mo., before moving to San Francisco to attend grad school at the Academy of Art. He earned a master’s degree in 1999 and then taught there four years while working as an artist and then graphics chief of the Contra Costa Times. He was promoted to presentation editor of the Bay Area News Group in Walnut Creek, Calif. in 2005 and then to deputy graphics director in 2011. Chuck left newspapers for the world of academia in 2014 and spent a years as an infographics designer for the office of the president of the University of California and the university’s UCPath project. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here.


René Vollgraaff is a reporter for the Sunday Times of Johannesburg, South Africa. A graduate of Stellenbosch University, René previously worked for Sake24, a business news report also based in Johannesburg. René turns 34 today.

Larry, Richard, Katie, René, Alex and Todd share a birthday with actors Sarah Jane Hyland, Katherine Marie Heigl, William “Billy” Connolly Jr., Denise Michelle Crosby, William Dwight Schultz and Colin Lewes Hanks; musicians Donald “Duck” Dunn, Beverly “Bev” Bevan (of ELO), Pete Best (not of the Beatles) and Scott Joplin; sports greats Daniel Leonard Orzechowski (better known as baseball manager Danny Ozark), Stephen Wayne “Steve” Yeager (baseball), Carmelita Jeter (track and field), David “Dave” Bing, Oscar Palmer Robertson (both basketball), Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Graham (both football) and Paul John Tagliabue (NFL commissioner); self-improvement guru Dale Breckenridge Carnegie; sci-fi writers Spider Robinson and Forrest James Ackerman; wild-west figure-turned-sports editor William Barclay “Bat” Masterson; president Zachary Taylor; whistle-blower Linda Rose Carotenuto (better known as Linda Tripp); convicted mobster Salvatore Charles “Lucky” Luciano; serial killer Theodore Robert Cowell (better known as Ted Bundy); physicist Simon van deer Meer; commentator William Frank Buckley Jr. and Flight 93 hero Todd Morgan Beamer.

In addition, today is Brownielocks Day, D.B. Cooper Day and Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. Seriously.

Have a great birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Monday, Nov. 23

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


Meredith Cash is a senior copy editor and page designer for the Advocate of Victoria, Texas. Her husband, Curtiss, is a fishing guide.


Gary Metzker is a professor of media design and mass communications at California State University, Long Beach and adviser to the school’s student newspaper, the Daily 49er and for Dig magazine. A 1976 graduate of the University of Missouri, Gary worked as assistant sports editor, sports designer, assistant sports editor, and sports news editor for the Clearwater (Fla.) Sun, the Florida Times Union of Jacksonville, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and the Long Beach Press Telegram before joining the Los Angeles Times in 1984. He spent nearly 24 years with the Times, as sports news editor, metro news editor, senior design editor and then senior editor for news and technology. He served as lead designer for five Pulitzer-winning projects, including the Rodney King riots, the Northridge earthquake and the Southern California wildfires. The Times laid Gary off in 2008, but he caught on at Cal State Long Beach, earned a master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and — in addition to Cal State Long Beach — he also teaches at Chapman University and advises that school’s student paper, the Panther. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.

Dan Swenson is graphics editor of the Advocate of New Orleans, La. A 1995 graduate of Ball State University, Dan interned for the Herald-Leader of Lexington, Ky., and spent a year at the Chicago Tribune before joining the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 1997. He was promoted to graphics editor in 2009 but laid off earlier this year. He was picked up quickly by the Advocate. Find samples of Dan’s work here and his online portfolio here. Find his Twitter feed here.


Lee Warnick is a communications professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg. A 1980 graduate of Brigham Young in Provo, Lee earned a master’s degree in media management from Utah State in 1991 and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska in 2001. He’s worked at BYU-Idaho for 27 years and is chairman of the design committee for the College Media Advisers. Find his Twitter feed here.

Dan, Meredith, Gary and Lee share a birthday with actors William Henry Pratt (better known as Boris Karloff), Arthur Adolph “Harpo” Marx, David Stephen Rappaport and Steve Landesberg; musicians Destiny Hope “Miley” Cyrus, Bruce Randall Hornsby, Johnny Mandel; TV personality Nicole Elizabeth “Snooki” Polizzi; TV writer Bruce Vilanch; movie writer József A. “Joe” Eszterhas; outlaw Henry McCarty (better known as Billy the Kid); baseball great Luis Clemente Tiant Vega; president Franklin Pierce; radio talk show host Thomas “Tom” Joyner and Good Morning America host Robin René Roberts.

In addition, today is Doctor Who Day, the International Day to End Impunity, International Image Consultant Day and National Expresso Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Sunday, Nov. 22

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


Cindy Jones-Hulfachor is a visual journalist based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A 1985 graduate of Northern Illinois University, Cindy spent two years as an artist for the Herald-News of Joliet, Ill., before moving to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an artist, illustrator and Mac systems manager in 1988. She moved to the News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1992 and then moved again in 1998 to the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale. She left newspapers in January. Find her portfolio here.


Ron Johnson is director of student media at Indiana University in Bloomington. A 1981 graduate of Fort Hays State University in Kansas, Ron earned a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1982. He spent 15 years as a professor and director of student publications at Kansas State University. He moved to Indiana University in 2008. Find his Twitter feed here. Ron turns 56 today.


Michael Palm is social media editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. A 1997 graduate of Penn State University, Michael worked as night sports editor on the sports sections of five daily newspapers published by the Trib. Find his Twitter feed here.

Cindy, Michael and Ron share a birthday with actors Scarlett Johansson, Mark Alan Ruffalo, Mariel Hadley Hemingway, Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert Francis Vaughn; musicians Hoagland Howard “Hoagy” Carmichael, Edward Benjamin Britten, Terry LaVerne Stafford and Martina Michèle “Tina” Weymouth; comedians Jacob Cohen (better known as Rodney Dangerfield) and Terrence Vance “Terry” Gilliam (of Monty Python); sports greats Selva Lewis “Lew” Burdette Jr., Jonny Johnson Gomes (both baseball), Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (track and field), Yvan Serge Cournoyer (hockey), Billie Jean King and Boris Franz Becker (both tennis); sportswriter Robert “Scoop” Jackson; French president Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle; Napster creator Shawn Fanning and comic book writer Roy William Thomas Jr.

In addition, today is Humane Society Anniversary Day, Mother Goose Day and Do Dah Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, you three! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Nov. 21

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


Peter Conradi is editor-in-chief of the Saint Catharines Standard in Ontario, Canada. A 1981 graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Peter spent 25 years at the Standard. In 2006, he became managing editor of the Niagara Falls Review, where he stayed for four years. He also began teaching journalism in 2007, at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario. He created Bullet News in 2010 and published it through 2013, when he moved back to the Sun Media Corp., as managing editor of the Tribune of Welland. He slid back over to the Standard in 2013. Find Peter’s Twitter feed here.


Kenney Marlatt is a designer and editor at the Chicago Tribune. A 2000 graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., Kenney spent five years as a designer with the San Jose Mercury News before becoming news design editor of the Indianapolis Star in 2005. He moved to the Tribune in early 2008. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Kenny turns 38 today.


Dick Morris is creative director for the Daily Standard of Celina, Ohio. A 1983 graduate of Ashland University, Dick spent nearly 14 years as vice president and general manager of the Galion Inquirer and then 23 years as vice president and general manager of the Sentinel company. From 2010 to 2012, he was president of the Ohio Newspaper Association. Dick moved to Celina in 2014.


Richard Watkins is a digital producer and designer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A graduate of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Richard spent six years at the Flint Journal and then four more at the Detroit News before joining the AJC in 2004. Richard turns 45 today.

Kenney, Peter, Dick and Richard share a birthday with actors Margaret Julio “Marlo” Thomas, Goldie Jeanne Hawn, Juliet Maryon Mills, Joseph Campanella, Cherry Jones, Laurence George Luckinbill and Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi (better known as Alexander Siddig); writer/actor/director Harold Allen Ramis; musicians Carly Rae Jepsen, Björk Guðmundsdóttir and Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. (better known as Dr. John); painter René François Ghislain Magritte; writer François-Marie Aroute (better known as Voltaire) and sports greats Troy Kenneth Aikman, Michael Anthony Strahan (both football), Vernon Earl Monroe, Cedric Bryan “Cornbread” Maxwell (both basketball), George Kenneth Griffey Jr. and Stanley Frank “Stan” Musial (baseball).

In addition, today is Family Volunteer Day, Guiness World Record Day, National Adoption Day, National Survivors of Suicide Day, the National Day of Play and World Television Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, folks! Best wishes!