Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six brilliant visual journalists…
Anisha Frizzell is a reporter for the Associated Press. Previously, she worked for the Austin, Texas, Statesman Journal and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She’s a 1992 graduate of Northwestern University.
Jeff Goertzen is art director of the Orange County Register. A 1986 graduate of California State University in Fresno, Jeff has worked at the Register, the Detroit Free Press, Madrid’s el Mundo and el Periódico in Barcelona. He spent several years as a senior artist and graphics reporter for the St. Petersburg Times before joining the the Denver Post in 2005 as graphics editor. He worked briefly as graphics director of USA Today before rejoining the Register in 2012 as a senior artist and in-house graphics consultant. Since then, I’ve written about his work here and here. Jeff was promoted to graphics editor in 2014. He’s also worked extensively as a consultant and instructor in Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Panama and China and has been active in the Society for News Design and IFRA. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Jeff turns 54 today.
Darren Smith is publisher at Brooke Pattrick Publications, a business-to-business media company and director of SmartR Media, a new media and web consultancy in Johannesburg, South Africa. A 1987 graduate of the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg, Darren earned a master’s degree from that same institution before starting work as a sales engineer. He spent a couple of years as a marketing manager and then 14 years as managing director of Technews Publishing. He went freelance in 2009 as a photographer and then added new media and marketing consulting to his services in 2010. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.
Kimberly Worner is editor of the Galveston County (Texas) Daily News. Kimberly spent two years as a reporter for the Daily Globe of Dodge City, Kan. After a brief time at the Clovis (N.M.) News Journal and the Garden City (Kan.) Telegram, Kimberly moved to the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph in 2001 as news editor. She spent a year as lead page designer for the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald before moving to the Salt Lake Tribune in 2008 as print director. In 2012, Kimberly was named presentation manager for Advance’s Alabama Media Group in Birmingham, Ala. She moved back to Texas in March. Find her Twitter feed here.
Kimberly, Anisha, Benjamin, Deepa, Darren and Jeff share a birthday with actors Melvin Jerome Blank (better known as Mel Blanc), Keir Dullea, Colm J. Meaney, Michael John Pollack Jr. (better known as Michael J. Pollard) and Meredith Lynn MacRae; musicians Christina Claire Ciminella (better known as Wynonna Judd), Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (better known as Cee Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley), Thomas Baptiste “Tom” Morello (of Rage Against the Machine) and Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman; filmmaker Irving Grant Thalberg; TV producer Michael Piller; sports greats Steven George Gerrard (soccer), Manuel Aristides “Manny” Ramírez Onelcida (baseball), Gale Eugene Sayers (football), Clint Bowyer (auto racing) and William John “Billy” Donovan (basketball coach); cosmonaut Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov and comic book creator Kevin Brooks Eastman.
In addition, today is Mint Julep Day, Loomis Day and the Wicket World of Croquet Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, y’all! Best wishes!