Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…
Jason Clayworth is a political reporter for the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. A 1999 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Jason interned with the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Record-Herald of Indianola before signing on with the Register in 2000. Find his Twitter feed here. Jason turns 38 today.
Kristen Hansen is a copy editor and designer for the Gwinnett Daily Post of Lawrenceville, Ga. She’s a 2006 graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper there, the Profile. Find her portfolio here and her blog here.
Megan Lavey-Heaton is a web and mobile news producer and a SMO specialist for the PA Media Group of Harrisburg, Pa. A 2002 graduate of the University of Alabama, Meg worked for the student paper — the Crimson White — and was a member of ‘Bama’s famed Million Dollar Band. Meg worked at the Selma (Ala.) Times-Journal and the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier before joining the Lewiston, Maine, Sun Journal in 2004. She moved to the Arizona Daily Star of Tucson in 2006 but left the newspaper business two years later. She returned in 2010 with the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa. I shadowed her one night, in her first month there. In addition, Meg spent several years as a tech blogger for the Unofficial Apple Weblog and she collaborates on a web comic called Namesake. I wrote a Q&A with her when she and her pal, Isabelle Melançon, started that comic. There are two collected volumes of Namesake available.
They’re darned good and they’re available darned cheaply. Find them both here.
Dave Martineau is part owner of Bullet News Niagara, a four-year-old hyperlocal site covering news in Niagara, Toronto, Canada. Previously, Dave was publisher of the Niagara Falls Review. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Dave turns 50 today.
Wes Rand is an artist and illustrator for the Hartford Courant. A 1987 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Wes spent three years working for Wilson Publishing before joining the Bulletin of Norwich, Conn., in 1991. He moved to the Courant in 2000 and has worked there ever since. Find his portfolio page here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Wes turns 52 today.
Leonard Vaughan retired in 2009 from the prepress production department of the Raleigh, N.C. News & Observer. Leonard turns 65 today.
Kristen, Megan, Jason, Dave, Wes and Leonard share a birthday with actors Robert Sean Leonard, John Michael Turturro, Gilbert Gottfried, Bernadette Lazzara (better known as Bernadette Peters), Allan George See (better known as Gavin McLeod), Charles Durning, Mercedes J. Ruehl, Dorothy Stratten, Rae Dawn Chong, Sarah Lee Bolger, Alison Elizabeth “Ali” Larter and Samuel Joel “Zero” Mostel; musicians Cynthia Leigh “Cindy” Wilson (of the B-52s), Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones (of the Rolling Stones) and Jason Aldine Williams (better known as Jason Aldean); choreographer Thomas James “Tommy” Tune; car painter Earl Scheib; TV chef Ainsley Harriott; sports greats Eric Bryan Lindros (hockey), Mario Gabriele Andretti (auto racing), Charles Aaron “Bubba” Smith (football), John Hayden Fry, Brian Harold Billick (football coaches) and Dean Edwards Smith (basketball coach); gangster Benjamin Siegelbaum (better known as Bugsy Siegel); convicted corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff; molecular biologist Linus Carl Pauling and cartoonist Milton Arthur Paul Caniff.
In addition, today is National Tooth Fairy Day, International Sword Swallowers Day, National Floral Design Day, Open That Bottle Night and Rare Disease Day. Seriously.
Have a great birthday today, folks! Best wishes!