Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four excellent visual journalists…
Robert Ahrens is a freelance graphic artist based in Chicago, Ill. A 1987 graduate of Elgin Community College, Robert spent a year as a production artist at Elgin’s Joseph Spiess Company before joining the Northwest Herald of Crystal Lake, Ill. He spent two years there as an advertising artist and then three-and-a-half more as a news artist before moving to the Courier News of Bridgewater, N.J., in 1993 as a news artist. He became graphics editor of the Times of Munster, Ind., in 1996 and then moved again to the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., in 1999. He joined USA Today in 2001 and worked there for 12 years before going freelance in 2013. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Robert turns 49 today.
Mark McTyre is sports editor of information and content experiences for Microsoft in Bellevue, Wash. A 1997 graduate of the University of Oregon, Mark worked at the Olympian and the Eastside Journal of Bellevue, Wash., before landing in 1998 as lead sports designer for the Fresno Bee. He became sports design editor of the Seattle Times in 2000 and was promoted to assistant sports editor for presentation in 2006. He left newspapers for the online side in February 2008, working as senior editor for NBCSports.com and NBCNews.com. He moved to Microsoft in 2012. Find his old print portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Mark turns 42 today.
Jeff Patterson is lead sports designer for the Houston Chronicle. A 2005 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Jeff spent two years as a sports reporter for the Danville, Va., Register & Bee before joining the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., in 2007 as lead sports designer. He moved to the Louisville Courier-Journal in 2010 and slid over to the Gannett design studio there in 2011 as assistant sports team leader. He moved to Houston a year ago. Find Jeff’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. He turns 34 today.
Todd Stewart is head of interactive content for the Orlando Sentinel. A 1999 graduate of Kansas State University, Todd spent two years as news design editor of the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill., before becoming lead A1 designer for the San Antonio Express-News. He moved to the Sentinel as a page designer in 2005 and was named design editor for A1, graphics and multimedia in 2007. He took on his current duties in 2011. Find his Twitter feed here. Todd turns 39 today.
Jeff, Todd, Robert and Mark share a birthday with actors Richard Tiffany Gere and James Harrison Coburn Jr.; musicians Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gibson, George Ivan “Van” Morrison, Jerry Ivan Allison (of the Crickets), Regina Ann “Gina” Schock (of the Go-Go’s), Alan Jay Lerner and Itzhak Perlman; comedians Christopher “Chris” Tucker, Julie Ann Brown and Leonard Hacker (better known as Buddy Hackett); TV and radio host Arthur Morton Godfrey; sports greats Edwin Corley Moses (track and field), Isao Aoki, Pádraig Harrington, Charl Adriaan Schwartzel (all three golf), Frank Robinson, Matthew James “Matt” Adams (both baseball), Scott Niedermayer (hockey), William O. DeWitt, Jr. (baseball owner), Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr., Lance Andrew Moore (both football) and Thomas Richard “Tom” Coughlin (football coach); activist Leroy Eldridge Cleaver; prosecutor Marcia Rachel Clark; photographer Amy Stein and radio journalist Daniel Louis Schorr.
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Have a wonderful birthday today, all! Best wishes!