Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five talented visual journalists…
Dennis Bolt is a freelance graphic artist and illustrator and proprietor of Dennis Bolt Studio in Sebastopol, Calif. A 1997 graduate of the University of Oregon, Dennis spent seven years as an artist for the Marin Independent Journal in Novato, Calif., before becoming graphics editor of the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa. He left the PD to go freelance in 2007. Find his online portfolio here, his studio’s Facebook page here and his art teaching blog here. Find his Twitter feed here. Dennis turns 40 today.
Doug Hardy is a web developer and online publisher, most notably via Independent Media and CTNewsJunkie.com. A 1991 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Doug worked as a sportswriter for the Register Citizen of Litchfield, Conn., a wire editor for the Bristol (Conn.) Press and news editor for the Durango (Colo.) Herald before signing on as associate editor and internet supervisor for the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Conn. He left the paper in 2011 to concentrate on his current ventures. Find his Twitter feed here. Doug turns 46 today.
Alex Probst Pruneda is art director of Periódico Noroeste in Culiacán, Mexico. Find his blog here.
Betty Villalobos is a features designer for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. A 2013 graduate of Cal State Long Beach, Betty worked for the student paper there, the Daily 49er, starting out as an ad sales associate and working her way up to design director. She interned at Haute Life PR of Redondo Beach and at Sun Newspapers of Seal Beach, Calif. She start work for LANG last year. Find her portfolio here. Betty turns 23 today.
Betty, Alex, John, Dennis and Doug share a birthday with actors Macauley Carson Culkin, Michael Jeter, Melissa Ann McCarthy, Tori Black and Christopher Whitelaw “Chris” Pine; musicians Branford Marsalis, Casandra Elizabeth “Cassie” Ventura and Shirley Ann Manson; movie trailer narrator Donald Leroy “Don” LaFontaine; explorer Christopher Columbus; sports greats Jamal Lafitte Lewis (football), Elvis Augusto Andrus Torres (baseball), James Edward Harden Jr., Stanley Van Gundy and Thomas William “Tom” Heinsohn (all three basketball); politician Geraldine Anne Ferraro; novelist Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood; astronaut John Elmer Blaha; journalists Irving Raskin Levine and Benjamin Crowninshield “Ben” Bradlee and humanitarian Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (better known as Mother Teresa).
In addition, today is National Dog Day and Women’s Equality Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday!