Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six excellent visual journalists…
Will Harris is a freelance pop culture and entertainment writer for the Onion AV Club, Popdose and the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., and associate editor of Bullz-Eye.com. A 1992 graduate of Averett University in Newport News, Va., Will has also written for Amplifier magazine, PopMatters.com and PortFolio Weekly. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Will turns 44 today.
Don Landgren is graphics editor for the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass. A 1984 graduate of Anna Maria College, Don went to work right away for the Telegram & Gazette as an artist. He was promoted to marketing services supervisor in 1989, to designer in 1992 and to chief graphic designer in 1997. He was named graphics editor last summer. In addition, Don has freelanced editorial cartoons and owns his own caricature business on the side. Find his editorial cartoon site here, his caricature business site here and his Twitter feed here.
Bill Ostendorf is owner of Creative Circle Media Consulting of Providence, R.I. A 1980 graduate of Northwestern University, Bill spent two years as news editor and copy desk chief of the Standard-Examiner of Ogden, Utah, before becoming graphics director of the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1985. He was promoted to assistant managing editor for visuals but then left to become managing editor for visuals and new product development of the Providence Journal in 1987. He left the Journal in 2000.
Will Sullivan is chief of mobile products for the Broadcasting Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., the agency that operates the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other projects. A graduate of Northwestern University, Will worked as a photographer and writer for the Toledo, Ohio, City Paper and then a designer and market researcher for the Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa, before moving to Florida in 2005. He worked as an online producer for Scripps’ Treasure Coast newspapers and the Palm Beach Post before moving to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2008 to become interactive director. He spent 2010 serving a Donald W. Reynolds journalism fellowship at the University of Missouri, studying the development of news content for mobile devices. In 2011, he returned to St. Louis as director of mobile news for Lee Enterprises and to serve as co-director for the 2011 Society for News Design workshop in St. Louis. Will moved to D.C. in 2012. In addition, Will is an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute, his Journerdism blog covers all aspects of online journalism and he’s secretary of the Online News Association. He’s co-founder and co-director of the Multimedia Immersion Workshop of the National Press Photographers Association. Find his Twitter feed here.
Eddie Wooten is sports editor of the News & Record of Greensboro, N.C. A 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina, spent two years as a reporter and wire editor for the Wilson (N.C.) Times before joining the News & Observer of Raleigh in 1986. Eddie worked as a news copy editor, sports copy editor and then assistant sports editor before moving to Greensboro in 2004 as government editor. He moved into sports again in 2010. A runner, Eddie has participated in 16 marathons since his first in 2004. Find his Running Shorts blog here and his Twitter feed here.
Jeremy Wyatt is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville, Tenn. A 2006 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Jeremy worked as online editor and then art director of the student publication there, Sidelines. Upon graduation, he joined the Tennessean as a designer and then slid over to the studio in 2011.
Will, Jeremy, Will, Don, Eddie and Bill share a birthday with actors Kristen Carroll Wiig, Honor Blackman, Cynthia Jane “Cindy” Williams and Valerie Harper; musicians Myra Ellen “Tori” Amos, Layne Thomas Staley (of Alice in Chains), Carmine Granito (better known as Ron Dante, the lead singer of the Archies), Roland Orzabal (of Tears for Fears), John Lee Hooker, Chuck Brown and Claude-Achille Debussy; chef and TV host Giada De Laurentiis; sports greats Paul Leo Molitor, Carl Michael Yastrzemski (both baseball), Mats Wilander (tennis), Randall Ladonald Cobb II (football) and Duane Charles “Bill” Parcells (football coach); U.S. Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf; Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping; writers Dorothy Rothschild (better known as Dorothy Parker) and Ray Douglas Bradbury; photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Washington Star columnist Mary McGrory and 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft.
In addition, today is Hug Your Boss Day, International Tongue Twister Day, Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, World Daffodil Day and Be and Angel Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday!