Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven superlative visual journalists…
Bill Bootz is assistant managing editor for design at the Villages Daily Sun in Florida. A 1998 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, Bill spent three years as a sports copy editor for the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City and then three more years as sports news editor. He was promoted to presentation editor in 2003. In 2007, he became assistant managing editor for presentation of the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa, but family matters brought him back to Oklahoma City the next year. He moved to Florida in 2013. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 48 today.
Tracy Collins is director of Gannett’s Design Studio in Phoenix, Ariz. A 1983 graduate of Bowling Green University, Tracy spent two years at the Robesonian of Lumberton, N.C., as a reporter, sports editor and then news editor. He then spent five years in York, Pa., first as features editor and then managing editor of the Daily Record and then as deputy managing editor of the Dispatch. In 1990, Tracy moved to Pittsburgh to become a copy editor, then features editor of the Pittsburgh Press. He became associate editor for graphics and design of the Post-Gazette in 1993 and was promoted to assistant managing editor for news three years later. Tracy moved to the Arizona Republic in 2000 — first as sports editor, then as deputy managing editor and then as senior director of print and multimedia operations in 2007. He was put in charge of the design studio when it opened in 2010.
Tonia Cowan is graphics editor of the Boston Globe. A 1989 graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Tonia spent four years as a news artist for the Canadian Press before becoming deputy art director for the Associated Press in 1994. In 2000, she moved to Newsweek as an artist specializing in 3D graphics. She became graphics director of the Toronto Star in 2004 and leaped to the same post at the Globe and Mail in 2007. She moved to Boston in June. Find Tonia’s portfolio here, her very cool sketch blog here and her Twitter feed here.
Mark Friesen is a web designer and developer for the Portland Oregonian. A 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri, Mark spent two years as a copy editor and designer for the Gazette Times of Corvallis, Ore., and then five years as a designer and design editor for the Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger before joining the Oregonian in 1994. After 12 years on page one, Mark moved to the business front in 2006 and then to the online side in 2007. For many years, Mark’s NewsDesigner blog was the place to go for news about news design — and, in my opinion, he was a much better blogger than I’ll ever be. Find his Twitter feed here. Mark turns 51 today.
Randy Greenwell is director of photography of the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. A 1990 graduate of Western Kentucky University, Randy spent 10 years as a photographer, designer and editor for the Courier & Press of Evansville, Ind., before moving to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2000 to become sports picture editor. He was later promoted to director of photography but left the Chronicle for the Pilot in 2007. He spent a year as president of the Associated Press Photo Managers and has taught at the Eddie Adams Workshop and the Kalish Visual Editing Workshop.
Carlos Moreno is a photographer for Designer Studio Inc. of San Diego. A 2007 graduate of Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, Calif. and a 2010 graduate of San Jose State University, Carlos has worked for a number of clients including Southwestern College, El Latino, the San Diego Star-News, Jet magazine, CNN and the New York Times. He has shot for VoiceOfSanDiego.org, an online nonprofit covering news in and around San Diego, for Patch and for the Center for Investigative Reporting. He joined Designer Studio in 2012. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Carlos turns 29 today.
Niketa Patel is manager of partnerships for news for Twitter, based in New York City. A 2003 graduate of Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., Niketa spent a year producing interactive content for Media General and then the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville, Fla., for a-year-and-a-half before joining the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2005 as a strategic channel manager. She moved to CBS News as a national news producer and editor in 2008 and then to ABC News in 2009 as social media editor. She moved to CNN Money in 2011 as a product manager for social media and money and then, in 2013, moved to RebelMouse as director of content. She moved to Twitter in June. Find Niketa’s Twitter feed here.
Carlos, Bill, Niketa, Tonia, Randy, Mark and Tracy share a birthday with actors Andrew Russell Garfield, Amy Lou Adams, Joan Allen, James Wesley Marsters, Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith (better known as Sylvester McCoy) and Sophie Aldred; musicians Demetria Devonne “Demi” Lovato, Robert Anthony Plant, John Hiatt, William Frederick “Fred” Durst (of Limp Bizkit) and Isaac Lee Hayes Jr.; TV weatherman Albert Lincoln “Al” Roker Jr.; TV journalist Constance Yu-Hwa “Connie” Chung; novelist Jacqueline Susann; sports greats Andrew Charles Benes, Graig Nettles, Alfonso Ramon “Al” Lopez and Todd Lynn Helton (all four baseball), William Quinn Buckner (basketball) and Donald “Don” King (boxing promoter) and politicians Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul and Benjamin Harrison.
In addition, today is National Radio Day and Ecological Debt Day. Seriously.
Have a truly great birthday today, all! Best wishes!