Birthdays for Friday, Nov. 27

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four extraordinary visual journalists…

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Julie Frady is a designer at the GateHouse Media Center for News and Design in Austin, Texas. A 1986 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Julie spent 11 years as a features art director for the Chicago Tribune and then six-and-a-half years as a senior features designer for the New York Post. She left New York in 2011 to move to the West Coast. She spent a few months doing contract work for the features department of the Los Angeles Times, and then a year as a senior features designer for the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. She also volunteered at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Julie moved to Austin earlier this year.

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Jeremy Gustafson is sports team leader for the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A 2002 graduate of Iowa State University, Jeremy went to work right away for the Des Moines Register. He moved over to the studio when it staffed up in 2011. Find Jeremy’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Jeremy turns 37 today.

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Michael Miller is director of news and community content for the United Way of Greater Cleveland. A 1996 graduate of the University of Toledo, Michael worked as news editor of the Daily Telegram of Adrian, Mich., before taking over in 2005 as editor in chief of the Toledo (Ohio) Free Press. After the Free Press shut down last fall, Michael moved to the United Way.

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Bill Wambeke is Wisconsin team leader for the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A graduate of Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D., Bill sever as a reporter, copy editor and outdoors editor for the Aberdeen, S.D., American News and the Press of Sheridan, Wyo., before joining the Twin Falls, Idaho, Times-News in 2006 as a copy editor and page designer. He moved to the Journal Star of Lincoln, Neb., in 2010 and then again to the Forum of Fargo, N.D., in 2011 as presentation editor. He moved to Des Moines in 2013. Find his portfolio here. Bill turns 34 today.

Bill, Jeremy, Michael and Julie share a birthday with actors Sharlto Copley, Alison Courtney Pill, Brooke Langton, William Edward Fichtner, Samantha Bond, Jaleel Ahman White (the guy who played “Urkel” on Family Matters), Robin Simone Givens, and the late, great Lee Jun-fan (better known as Bruce Lee); musicians Edward Thomas “Eddie” Rabbitt and Johnny Allen “Jimi” Hendrix; directors Adam Michael Shankman and Kathryn Ann Bigelow; screenwriter James Rufus Agee; children’s TV show hosts Robert Emil Schmidt (better known as Buffalo Bob Smith) and William Sanford “Bill” Nye (“the Science Guy”); Dancing With the Stars co-host Samantha Harris; sports greats Larry Christopher Allen and Kenneth John O’Brien (both football), Iván Rodríguez, James Calvin “Jimmy” Rollins, Michael Lorri “Mike” Scioscia (all three baseball) and Francis Dayle “Chick” Hearn (basketball announcer); children’s book author Kevin Henkes; biographer Gail Sheehy, Filipino leader Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., politician Timothy James “Tim” Pawlenty and presidential daughter — and ambassador to Japan – Caroline Bouvier Kennedy.

In addition to Black Friday, today is National Native American Heritage Day, Flossing Day, Maize Day, the National Day of Listening and Sink Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Oct. 10

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three wonderful visual journalists…

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Tiffany Butler is a visual journalist based in Brownsville, Texas. A 2007 graduate of the University of Alabama, Tiff interned at the Dothan Eagle, the Asbury Park Press, the Tuscaloosa News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before moving to Durham, N.C., in 2009 to become a designer for Baseball America magazine. She moved back to Tuscaloosa in 2011 first as a marketing assistant and then events coordinator for the university’s school of music. You might remember her as Tiffany Schwarz — she got married in 2013. Find her online portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.

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Elizabeth Merab is a features reporter for the Nation newspaper of Nairobi, Kenya. She’s a 2014 graduate of Kenyatta University. Find Elizabeth’s blog here and her Twitter feed here.

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Renee Petrina is an instructional design and technology specialist for Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind. A 2004 graduate of Penn State University, Renee interned with the Washington Post and the New York Times. She spent a year-and-a-half as a copy editor for the Times Union of Jacksonville, Fla., before moving to the copy desk of the Indianapolis Star in 2006. She left in 2009 to teach at Ball State University in Muncie. For six months, she drove back to Indianapolis on the weekends for additional work at the Star. In 2010, she became an instructor in the public affairs department of the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Md. She moved to her current position in 2013. Find her Twitter feed here.

Tiff, Elizabeth and Renee share a birthday with actors Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon (better known as Peter Coyote), Bradley Whitford, Julia Anne Sweeney, Mario Michael Lopez Jr., Aimee Richelle Teegarden, Helen Hayes Brown, Benjamin Augustus Middleton (better known as Ben Vereen) and Ibsen Dana Elcar; musicians Tanya Denise Tucker, Mýa Marie Harrison (who normally goes by just her first name), Una Threasa Imogene Healy (of the Saturdays), David Lee Roth, Thelonious Sphere Monk and Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi; B-movie director Edward Davis “Ed” Wood Jr.; hair stylist Thomas John Kummer (better known as Jay Sebring); sports greats Robert Dean Silva Burnquist (skateboarding), Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (auto racing), Patrick Brian “Pat” Burrell, Andrew Stefan McCutchen, Troy Trevor Tulowitzki (all three baseball), Ryan Jefforey Mathews, Eugene Cyril “Geno” Smith and Brett Lorenzo Favre (all three football); romance novelist Eleanor Marie Robertson (better known as Nora Roberts) and murdered Wall Street Journal bureau chief Daniel Jacob Pearl.

In addition, today is National Costume Shop Day, National Family Bowling Day, National Handbag Day, World Homeless Day, World Mental Health Day, the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction and International Newspaper Carriers Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a truly great birthday today!

Birthdays for Wednesday, Sept. 30

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six excellent visual journalists…

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Siyabonga Africa is a digital media specialist for the SABC television network in Johannesburg, South Africa. A 2006 graduate in International Relations and Public Management at the University of Pretoria, Siyabonga earned a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Stellenbosch in 2007 and then worked as a reporter and a columnist for the Sowetan, Joburg Style magazine and ITWeb. In 2009, he moved to the U.S. via a Ford Foundation fellowship to study new media. Siya earned a master’s degree from Indiana University in 2011, after having served internships in various online or social media capacities with the Ford Foundation, Blueline Style and Media Productions, the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction and Indiana Public Media. He moved back to South Africa in 2012 and has worked for Code for South Africa, Trigger/Isobar and media giant Media24. Find Siyabonga’s web site here and his Twitter feed here. Siya turns the big three-oh today.

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Cori Faklaris is a graduate student in informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis — better known as IUPUI. A 1995 graduate of the University of Illinois, Cori spent a year as a correspondent for the Peoria, Ill., Journal Star before joining the Indianapolis Star in 1997. She designed news and served as the paper’s CCI super user. She was moved to the Star’s digital operation in 2013 as Local Network Editor. She spent a year as engagement producer before leaving to go back to school in January. Find her personal web site here and her Twitter feed here.

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Kerry Johnson is art director and special publications manager for the American Physical Society in Washington, D.C. A 1990 graduate of Ohio State University, Kerry worked as an artist at the North Hills News Record and then the Post-Gazette, both of Pittsburgh, before becoming graphics director of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 1998. He moved to the Baltimore Sun as graphics editor in 2002 and moved on to the APS in 2005. He also does cartoons and caricatures on the side. Find his web site here, his Facebook fan page here and his Twitter feed here.

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Kathryn Morton is managing editor for design at the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg, Pa. The holder of both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, Kathryn worked at the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, the Daily Sentinel‘s Buzz magazine and the Stephen F. Austin Pine Log before moving to Pennsylvania in 2005. She’s married to designer Chris Anderson. Find Kathryn’s web site here and her Twitter feed here.

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Kinyanjui Wa Ngugi is an online sub editor for the Nation Media Group of Nairbi, Kenya. He’s a product of the University of Nairobi. Find his Twitter feed here.

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Heather Price is a copy editor for eMarketer of New York. A 2009 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Heather served as slot editor for the student paper there, the Daily Nebraskan, and interned for the L.A. City Beat before moving to the American News & Farm Forum of Aberdeen, S.D. After a year there, she moved back to Lincoln and spent two years as a copy editor and page designer for the Journal Star. She moved to New York in 2013. Find Heather’s Tumblr blog here, her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.

Cori, Kerry, Kinyanjui, Heather, Siya and Kathryn share a birthday with actors Lacey Nicole Chabert, Jennifer Mary Butala (better known as Jenna Elfman), Monica Bellucci, Eric Stoltz, Francine Joy “Fran” Drescher, Anthony “Tony” Hale, Angeline Brown (better known as Angie Dickinson) and Barry William Blenkhorn (better known as Barry Williams); musicians Faheem Rashad Najm (better known as T-Pain), Ernest Giuseppe “Trey” Anastasio III (of Phish), Robert Carl Takac Jr. (of the Goo Goo Dolls), drummer Bernard “Buddy” Rich; Marc Feld (better known as Marc Bolan of  T-Rex), Marilyn McCoo, Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon and John Royce “Johnny” Mathis; sports greats Martina Hingis (tennis), Dominique Moceanu (gymnastics), Justin Smith (football) and Robin Evan Roberts (baseball); chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.; politician Lester Garfield Maddox and writers Truman Streckfus Persons (better known as Truman Capote) and Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel.

In addition, today is International Translation Day, National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, Banned Websites Awareness Day, Blasphemy Day and Ask a Stupid Question Day. Seriously.

Have a truly great birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Sept. 12

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four excellent visual journalists…

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Mary Cail is a teacher and writer based in Charlottesville, Va., and author of three books…

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Mary is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Find Mary’s web site here, her blog here and her Twitter feed here.

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Kyusung Gong is a staff photographer for the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. A 2013 graduate of Cal State Long Beach, Kyusung worked as assistant photo editor for the student paper there, the Daily 49er, and served an internship at the Register. He also shot for the KoreAm Journal and for Goal.com Korea. He joined the Register full-time a year ago. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.

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Paul Hyland is chief technology officer for Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit home of Education Week, Teacher Sourcebook, Digital Directions and other educational resources. A 1984 graduate of Yale University, Paul spent six years as a programmer for IBM, three years as a producer for America Online, two years as a web developer for Cambridge Associates and then a number of years as a developer and consultant for a variety of agencies and companies in the D.C. area. He spent four years as executive producer for edweek.org and moved into his current duties in 2009. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here.

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Steve Saldivar is a blogger and social media coordinator for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The owner of both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Steve served internships at California magazine, Mission Local in San Francisco and the student paper, the Daily Californian. He spent a year as a trainer for the Knight Digital Media Center and another year as a production assistant for PBS TV and online channel Frontline/World. He joined the museum in 2010. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Steve turns 32 today.

Kyusung, Mary, Steve and Paul share a birthday with actors Jason Statham, Paul William Walker IV, Rachel Claire Ward, Jennifer Kate Hudson, Peter Scolari, Linda Ann Gray, Ian Holm Cuthbert, Maurice Auguste Chevalier and Desmond Llewelyn (from the James Bond films); musicians Barry Eugene White, George Glenn Jones, Benjamin Scott “Ben” Folds, Christopher Theodore Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Odessa Nettles (of Sugarland), Neal Ellwood Peart (of Rush), Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D’Amato (better known as Maria Muldaur) and Gerald Linford “Gerry” Beckley (of America); comedian Louis “C.K.” Szekely; sports greats Yao Ming, Vernon Maxwell (both hoops), Michael Stephen “Mickey” Lolich (baseball), Andrew Austin Luck (football), Ángel Cabrera (golf), Melvin E. “Tony” Bettenhausen (auto racing) and James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens (track and field); explorer Henry Hudson; book publisher Alfred Abraham Knopf Sr.; New York Times publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger; NBC anchor Frank McGee and legendary Baltimore Sun journalist Henry Louis “H.L.” Mencken.

In addition, today is Prairie Day, Video Games Day, National Hollerin’ Day, National Iguana Awareness Day, the International Day for South-South Cooperation and International Drive Your Studebaker Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Friday, July 3

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three brilliant visual journalists…

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Bruce Austin is a content architect for Mood Media, a digital signage company in Fort Mill, S.C. A 1989 graduate of UNC Charlotte, Bruce spent seven years as an advertising designer for the Rock Hill, S.C., Herald before becoming ad design team leader at the Charlotte Observer in 1997. He left the Observer in 2008 to become marketing manager for Springs Creative Products Group in Rock Hill, S.C. He moved to Mood in 2012. Find his personal web site here. Bruce turns 49 today.

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Chris Courtney is lead mentor for design for Bloc Inc., an online programming and user interface design instructor. A 1998 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Chris worked as a sports designer for the Tulsa World, the Indianapolis Star and the Chicago Tribune before becoming design director of RedEye in 2002. In 2008, he was named a senior designer at Tribune Interactive. He was promoted to mobile product manager in 2009. Chris spent much of 2010 successfully battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Read more about that here, here, here and here. Last year, he moved back into the newsroom, working less with apps and more with quick build sites and responsive web design. Chris left the Tribune last winter. Find DesignHawg — his personal web site and blog — here and his Twitter feed here. Chris turns 41 today.

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Ernie Webb is a media specialist for the alumni association of Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. A 1999 graduate of that same institution, Ernie worked as a sportswriter and sports editor for the Independence (Kan.) Daily Reporter, the Emporia (Kan.) Gazette and the Monitor of McAllen, Texas, before signing on as the lead sports designer for the Topeka Capital-Journal in 2003. He moved to the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., in 2007 but then moved to the Tulsa (Okla.) World in 2009. He spent a year as a coordinator for regulatory affairs for Hill’s Pet Nutrition company and started work at his alma mater in 2011. Find his print portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Ernie turns 39 today.

Ernie, Chris and Bruce share a birthday with actors Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (better known as Tom Cruise), Patrick Wilson, Yeardley Smith, Connie Inge-Liese Nielsen, Lisa Olivia Munn, Karin Jan Smithers, Kurtwood Larson Smith and Lawrence Weiss Larry Harmon (the creator of Bozo); musicians Laura Ann Branigan, John Lee “Johnny” Lee and George Michael Cohan; TV hosts Kenneth Oberding (better known as Ken Ober), Sandra Lee Christiansen and Montel Brian Anthony Williams; radio host Carlos Alan Autry; director Henry Kenneth Alfred “Ken” Russell; sports greats Sebastian Vettel (auto racing), Juan Luis Rivera and Moisés Rojas Alou (both baseball); cancer victim Mary Elizabeth Anania Edwards; playwright Tomáš Straüssler (better known as Tom Stoppard); novelist Franz Kafka; astronaut Harrison Hagan “Jack” Schmitt; humor writer David “Dave” Barry and Wikileaks founder Julian Paul Assange.

In addition, today is International Chicken Wing Day, International Plastic Bag Free Day, Stay Out of the Sun Day and Superman Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, you three! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Friday, June 12

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…

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Kevin Dilmore is a senior writer for Hallmark Cards and the author of a number of short stories, novels and children’s books — most of them about Star Trek. A 1988 graduate of the University of Kansas, Kevin spent 15 years as a reporter and news editor for the Miami County Publishing Company of Paola, Kansas. He began writing in 1998 for the Communicator, an officially-licensed Star Trek magazine and moved into novels via the Star Trek: S.C.E. children’s book series in 2001. He’s up to 24 books now, written by himself or with collaborators. Find his Twitter feed here.

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Dave Mayfield is former business editor for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. A 1977 graduate of West Virginia University, David has worked as a business reporter, military writer, assigning editor and copy editor. He served a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in 2000-01. Dave turns 60 today.

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Katie Myrick is a designer for the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald. A 2010 graduate of Indiana University, she served internships at the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Arizona Republic and the St. Petersburg Times. In addition, she was a Poynter Fellow in 2009. Upon graduation, Katie went to work as a news designer for the Washington Post. She spent a year as projects designer for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minn., and moved to Omaha in May. In addition, Katie is the editor of the Society for News Design’s web site. Find a 2009 video interview with her here. Find her Twitter feed here. Katie turns 28 today.

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Karron Skog is a day editor for the New York Times. A 1994 graduate of the University of Minnesota at Duluth, Karron spent nearly five years at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. By the time she left for New York in 2005, Karron had become team leader of the Pilot’s copy desk.

Katie, Karron, Kevin and Dave share a birthday with actors James Thurston “Jim” Nabors, Timothy Busfield and Jason Edward Mewes; musicians Robin Miriam Carlsson (better known as Robyn), Vito Rocco Farinola (better known as Vic Damone) and Jonathan “Rocky” Burnette; filmmaker Irwin Allen; model Adriana Lima; sports greats Dallas Dean Clark (football), Ryan Anthony Klesko, Hideki Matsui (both baseball), Jrue Randall Holiday (basketball) and Marvin Philip Aufrichtig (better known as announcer Marv Albert); President George Herbert Walker Bush; diarist Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank and cartoonist Dave Berg.

In addition, today is Loving Day, Poultry Day, National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, National Jerky Day, Crowded Nest Awareness Day and Superman Day. Seriously.

Have an excellent birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthday for Tuesday, June 9

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to Jim Washington, a senior communications analyst for Vox/Optima LLC in Norfolk, Va.

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A 1991 graduate of Averett College in Danville, Va., Jim spent five years as a reporter for the Danville Register & Bee before moving to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer in 1996. In 2004, he moved to the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, where his wife, Michelle, still works. Jim moved to Vox in 2009. He turns 46 today.

Jim shares a birthday with actors John Christopher “Johnny” Depp II, Natalie Hershlag (better known as Natalie Portman), Michael Andrew Fox (better known as Michael J. Fox), Michaela Conlin and Alektra Blue; musicians Cole Albert Porter, Matthew James Bellamy (of Muse) and Lester William Polsfuss (better known as Les Paul); comedian Yacov Moshe Maza (better known as Jackie Mason); sports greats David Gene “Dave” Parker (baseball), Jeffrey Bryant Saturday, Tedy Lacap Bruschi (both football), Udonis Johneal Haslem (basketball), Heather Blaine Mitts (soccer) and Richard J. “Dick” Vitale (announcer); secretary of defense Robert Strange McNamara; writer-filmmaker Aaron Benjamin Sorkin; crime novelist Patricia Carroll Daniels Cornwell; sci-fi author Joe William Haldeman and comic book writer-artist George Pérez.

In addition, today is Donald Duck Day and World Pet Memorial Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, Jim! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Wednesday, April 22

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to a pair of wonderful visual journalists…

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Katherine Fowler is a graphic designer based in Raleigh, N.C. A 1990 graduate of North Carolina State University, Katherine spent six years as an artist for the News & Observer of Raleigh. Since 1992, she’s worked for a variety of clients in Raleigh, Atlanta, Saint Simons, Ga., and Sweden.

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Rob Schultz is a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. He joined the WSJ in 2010 after nearly 29 years as a sportswriter for the Capital Times, the other paper in Madison. Find his Twitter feed here.

Katherine and Rob share a birthday with actors John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson, Sheryl Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Michelle Claire Ryan and Edward Albert Heimberger (better known as Eddie Albert) and Marilyn Ann Briggs (better known as Marilyn Chambers); musicians Peter Kenneth Frampton, Glen Travis Campbell and Daniel Paul Johns (of Silverchair); director John Samuel Waters; producer Aaron Spelling; model Bettie Mae Page; aviator James Stephen Fossett; sports greats Marshawn Terrell Lynch (football) and Terry Jon Francona (baseball manager); physicist Julius Robert Oppenheimer; novelist Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov and Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.

In addition to Earth Day, today is Secretary’s Day, Girl Scout Leaders Day and “In God We Trust” Day. Seriously.

Have an great birthday today, you two! Best wishes!

This week is ‘tornado week’ for Advance’s Alabama papers

We’re coming up soon on the fourth anniversary of the gigantic tornado outbreak that killed 254 people in Alabama.

The Huntsville area was hit particularly hard that day. The Huntsville Times observed the anniversary with an enormous package and spectacular front-page illustration Sunday.

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The Alabama News Group’s director of publications Jeff Glick tells us:

The design was a collaboration between me and Rick Frennea and it appears in both Huntsville and Birmingham.

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Alabama actually holds the record as the state with most tornado-related deaths and the most F/EF5 tornadoes. So just as hurricane season is a big deal for coastal states – tornadoes are a big deal in Alabama.

Our goal was to take a “Shark Week” approach to the topic and the content and elevate the presentation to inform our readers in print and online. As well as our new digital edition (we’re now a 7-day publication on tablet and smartphone.)

We partnered with a very well-known meteorologist in the southeast that’s known for severe weather forecasting.

The first inside jump page is led with a file shot of damage from an EF5 tornado that struck Rainsville, Ala., nearly four years ago.

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Much of the rest of the page is taken up by interesting stats and figures about giant EF5 storms, including what parts of the state are most likely to be hit.

The facing page contains a map showing EF5 storms across the state since 1966.

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The “Tornado week” theme carries through to the opinion page, where the paper calls on the state government to offer tax incentives for building storm shelters.

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Jeff writes:

So Tornado Week will own the paper for this week.

Find all the stories online here.

Also, we have a five-parter on the anniversary of the Gulf oil spill. That started on Friday.

Find those stories here.

RedEye’s Jay St. Pierre moving to Minneapolis Star-Tribune

One of the better sports designers anywhere — Jay St. Pierre of Chicago’s RedEye — is relocating.

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He posted a couple of weeks ago on his Facebook page:

LIFE ANNOUNCEMENT: Five years ago yesterday I started my career at The Clarion-Ledger. I’ve worked in Colorado, Omaha and Chicago and am stoked to announce I’m moving to Minneapolis next month to join the all-star group at the Star Tribune.

I’ve had a blast working at @redeyechicago the past year and a half, but the opportunity to be the @startribune lead sports designer and transform the design of that section was too enticing to pass up.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me during my career thus far. I wouldn’t be where I am without you guys.

Jay worked his last day in Chicago last week. Again, he posted on Facebook:

Wait, a going away cover AND cheesecake?!?! @redeyechicago design staff, you are amazing!!!!

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What’s really amazing, some of his Facebook friends have noted, is that Jay actually has hair in that photo. I mean, who knew?

He starts his new job in Minneapolis on Feb. 16 — one week from today.

A 2009 graduate of Louisiana State University, Jay worked as a sportswriter, a copy editor, a page designer and as associate managing editor for the school’s student paper, the Daily Reveille. He also served as a sports stringer for Sports Illustrated On Campus, as a design intern for the Colorado Springs Gazette and as editor of Legacy magazine.

He spent several months as a designer and copy editor for the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., before moving back to Colorado Springs in 2010. He moved to the World-Herald of Omaha in July, 2011 and then to RedEye in 2013.

A few samples of his work:

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Find Jay’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

Birthdays for Monday, Jan. 26

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six excellent visual journalists…

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Kevin Cox is a senior copy editor with Meredith publications in Des Moines, Iowa. A 1992 graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, Kevin earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He spent nine years with the Des Moines Register in a variety of editing positions, including assistant features editor. He moved to Meredith in 2007. Kevin turns 45 today.

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Mike Dizon is a graphic journalist for the Straits Times of Singapore. A 1991 graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, Michael worked with Crown Cards and Avon before joining POL Advertising in 1996. He joined the Straits Times in 1998. Find a few of his paintings here. Mike turns 45 today.

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Sara Harvey is a designer for the Lee Enterprises design center in Munster, Ind. A 2009 graduate of Chicago’s Columbia College, Sara served as copy desk chief and then managing editor for the student paper there, the Columbia Chronicle. She interned for the Chicago Tribune‘s RedEye as a designer and copy editor. She went to work for the Times of Northwest Indiana in 2011. She also freelances — the Chicago Headline Club is one of her clients. Find her portfolio here.

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Max Schulte is assistant photo editor for the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y. A 1996 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Max went to work as a shooter for the D&C in 1997 and has been there for 18 years. Find his Twitter feed here. Max turns 43 today.

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Rinku Sharma is DNE for design at the Hindustan Times of Delhi, India. A graduate of the government college of Dharmshala, he turns 32 today.

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Lon Wagner is director of communications for Ameritox, a manufacturer of medication monitoring solutions in Baltimore, Md. A 1986 graduate of the University of Delaware, Lon spent nearly 15 years as a reporter and project editor for the Virginian-Pilot. In 2009, Lon left the Pilot for ValueOptions, a behavioral health company. He leaped to Ameritox in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here.

Rinku, Max, Sara, Kevin, Mike and Lon share a birthday with actors Paul Leonard Newman and Theodore Scott Glenn; musicians Lucinda Williams, Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen and Anita Baker; dancer Kherington Taylor Payne; sports greats Wayne Douglas Gretzky (hockey), Vincent Lamar “Vince” Carter (basketball), James Torrey Smith, Manti Malietau Louis Te’o (both football), Henry Thomas Cotton (golf) and Robert George “Bob” Uecker (announcer); football coach-turned-sex abuser Gerald Arthur “Jerry” Sandusky; general Douglas MacArthur; authors Angela Davis and Philip José Farmer; cartoonist Jules Ralph Feiffer and TV hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Eugene Kal “Gene” Siskel.

In addition, today is National Peanut Brittle Day, Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement, Lotus 1-2-3 Day and Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Seriously.

Have a great birthday, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Monday, Dec. 8

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three fabulous visual journalists…

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ArLuther Lee is a designer and copy editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A 1997 graduate of the University of Florida, ArLuther spent four years at the Fort Myers News-Press and then another two years at the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel before moving to Atlanta in 2003. He’s currently working on a master’s degree in fine arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Therese Shechter is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in quirky, humor-tinged documentaries. She spent ten years as associate graphics editor and a features art director of the Chicago Tribune before leaving newspapers to go work for Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Productions in New York City. She’s now on her own as an independent filmmaker, having made I Was A Teenage Feminist and How I Learned to Speak Turkish. Her most projects both premiered in 2013: How to Lose Your Virginity and SlutWalkNYC. Learn more about the Trixie Films operation here. Find Therese’s design portfolio here. Find her Twitter feed here.

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Woody Vondracek is a graphic artist in Youngsville, N.C. A former mechanic for Eastern Airlines, Woody spent several years at the Miami Herald and then the News & Observer of Raleigh. His big claim to fame, though, was as a poster artist during the art deco revival of Miami’s South Beach in the 1970s and 1980s. Find his web site — and order copies of his prints — here.

ArLuther, Therese and Woody share a birthday with actors Teri Lynn Hatcher, Kimila Ann “Kim” Basinger, Wendell Pierce, Ian Joseph Somerhalder, John Arthur “David” Carradine, James Gordon MacArthur and Maximilian Schell; musicians James Douglas “Jim” Morrison, Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor, Onika Tanya Maraj (better known as Nicki Minaj), Corey Todd Taylor (of Slipknot), Gregory Lenoir “Gregg” Allman and Samuel George “Sammy” Davis Jr.; comedians Samuel Burl “Sam” Kinison and Clerow “Flip” Wilson Jr.; director Richard O. Fleischer; fitness guru Bob Greene; painter Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez (better known as Diego Rivera); sports greats Philip Rivers (football), Michael Cole Mussina, Vernon M. Wells III (both baseball), Dwight David Howard (basketball), Drew Doughty (hockey), Amir Khan (boxing) and Ryan Joseph Newman (auto racing); inventor Eli Whitney; political commentator Ann Hart Coulter, Popeye creator Elzie Crisler “E.C.” Segar and cartoonist/writer James Grover Thurber.

In addition, today is Green Monday and Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Nov. 15

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…

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Don Boykin is a former editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A 1968 graduate of the University of Florida, Don spent 34 years as news editor, assistant managing editor for news and sports and deputy managing editor for (deep breath) sports, features, photo, news art, editing and presentation. He led Olympics coverage in Lillihammer in 1994, Sydney in 2000 and right there in Atlanta in 1996. He left the AJC in 2007. Don also runs in the Boston Marathon and leads an annual church mission to Zimbabwe. Don turns 68 today.

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Bill Gaspard is design director of the China Daily, an English-language daily in Beijing. He attended a year of seminary in Springfield, Ill, before switching to Illinois State University and graduating in 1980. He served as art director for the Kansas City Star’s Sunday magazine and then spent 12 years as senior editor for visuals at the San Diego Union-Tribune. He moved to the Los Angeles Times as news design director in 2001 and then moved again to the Las Vegas Sun in 2005 as deputy managing editor. He served as president of the Society for News Design in 2008 and was site chair for the 2008 annual workshop in Vegas. He, his wife and son moved to Beijing in 2010. Find his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 58 today.

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Susan Guernsey is a copy editor for the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn. A graduate of Ohio University, she worked previously at the Detroit News, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Review Times of Fostoria, Ohio.

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Jonathan Kleinow is a public relations specialist for Priority Marketing of Fort Myers, Fla. A 2006 graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, Jonathan spent two summers interning at radio stations. He served a summer fellowship at the Poynter Institute after graduation and then became a designer for the local section of the Kansas City Star. Jonathan moved to the Wisconsin State Journal of Madison in 2008, where he designed A1, local and business pages. He was rolled over into the Lee regional design hub in Madison in 2013. He left newspapers this past July. Find his portfolio here. Jonathan turns 31 today.

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Liz Ramos-Prado is infographics editor at Dubai Media Inc. in the UAE. A 1999 graduate of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Liz spent five years as head of infographics at Epensa in Peru before moving to the Middle East in 2007. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here.

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Nico Johan Verwey is an editor for Sondag, a weekly Afrikaans-language tabloid published in Johannesburg, South Africa. He’s also a novelist — his latest, Rose Angel: Squeal’s Redemption — is a supernatural thriller. A Nook version of his previous — Leonardis available via Barnes & Noble. Nico turns 45 today.

Susan, Jonathan, Liz, Nico, Bill and Don share a birthday with actors Samuel Atkinson “Sam” Waterston, Eddie Asner (believe it or not, that’s his birth name), Yaphet Frederick Kotto, Beverly Heather D’Angelo and Shailene Diann Woodley; musicians Kevin Tyrone Eubanks, Chad Robert Kroeger (of Nickelback), Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. (better known as B.o.B.), Russell Tyrone Jones (better known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard), Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad (of Abba), Petula Sally Olwen Clark and William Dale Fries Jr. (better known as C.W. McCall); sports greats Lorena Ochoa Reyes (golf) and Fernando Verdasco Carmona (tennis); TV judge Joseph Albert Wapner; Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter; politician Howard Henry Baker Jr.; generals Curtis Emerson LeMay and Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel; artist Georgia Totto O’Keeffe and author James Graham “J.G.” Ballard.

In addition, today is National Bundt Pan Day, Rock Your Mocs Day, America Recycles Day, I Love to Write Day, National Clean Out your Refrigerator Day and the National Day of Play. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Thursday, Nov. 13

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to a pair of wonderful visual journalists…

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Adebayo Adeola is assistant creative director for Leadership Newspapers in Abuja, Nigeria. A 2001 graduate of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, Adebayo taught fine art for a year before joining the Guardian newspaper of Lagos as a designer in 2004. In 2009, he moved to Timbuktu media, also of Lagos. He joined Green Hue Consulting in 2011, which has been working with Leadership and its affiliated publications.

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Laura Maychruk is the owner of the Buzz Cafe in Oak Park, Ill., in the suburbs of Chicago. A 1991 graduate of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, Laura moved from a position as an administrative assistant for the Chicago Tribune’s photo department and then to the graphics department as a coordinator. She left the Tribune in 1998 to open her cafe, which is still thriving, 14 years later. Find the Buzz Cafe web site here. Laura turns 45 today.

Adebayo and Laura share a birthday with actors Caryn Elaine Johnson (better known as Whoopi Goldberg), Steven James Zahn, Christopher David Noth, Rex Maynard Linn, Joseph Anthony “Joe” Mantegna Jr., Gerard James Butler, Frances Conroy, Richard Mulligan and Tracy Dawn Scoggins; musicians Candye Kane and Adrienne Monique Coleman; producer Garry Ken Marshall; sports greats Vincent Frank “Vinnie” Testaverde (football), Gilbert “Gil” Perreault (hockey), François-Louis Tremblay (speed skating), Henry Eugene “Gene” Garber, Melvin Leon “Mel” Stottlemyre (both baseball) and Ronald William Artest Jr. (the basketball player now known as Metta World Peace); comedian and talk-show host James Christian “Jimmy” Kimmel; Supreme Court justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis; writer Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson and war correspondent Peter Gregg Arnett.

In addition, today is World Kindness Day. Seriously.

Have a fabulous birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

Master artist Fred Matamoros now working for GateHouse center in Austin, Texas

Longtime artist and visual journalist Fred Matamoros is once again working in newspapers.

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My former colleague here at the Orange County Register took one of our now-famous buyouts in June and moved back to Texas. Fred tells us:

I am the first artist here at the GateHouse Media Center for News & Design in Austin. CND is now offering informational graphics and illustrations along with page design.

I’m excited to be part of this team, with great people and a real busy and progressive newsroom environment.

Fred started his new job earlier this month.

Joe Greco, the director of the GateHouse hub and Fred’s new boss tells us:

Fred’s done some great work for us already in the short time he’s been here. He’s a complete joy to work with and immensely talented. We’re glad he’s on board.

I wanted to be sure you had at least one piece of work he’s done for us. The attached ran in [Sunday’s] Rockford Register Star.

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The story was produced as part of our quarterly Pinnacle project series. The stories and Fred’s graphic will be used by a number of GateHouse publications around the country.

A 1985 graduate of Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., Fred spent four years as a designer and art director for a major L.A. ad agency before becoming a staff artist for the Daily Breeze in Torrance, Calif.

He spent three years as assistant graphics editor of the Shreveport (La.) Times and five-and-a-half years as graphics editor of the Olympian in Olympia, Wash., before moving up the road to the Tacoma, Wash., News Tribune in 1999 as an artist and illustrator.

In 2010, Fred moved to Shreveport to become creative director for SB magazine. He worked for a number of design agencies in 2011 and 2012 and then spent a year as a senior graphic artist here at the OC Register.

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Fred with The OC Register’s Kurt Snibbe at a
community graphics workshop in August 2013.

A few samples of Fred’s work:

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Last August, Fred illustrated the front page of the launch day edition of the Long Beach Register.

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He also did three gorgeous Focus pages for me.

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In addition to graphics and illustration work, Fred paints. He told us a while back:

Painting keeps me busy as well. I’m in private collections across the U.S., represented in three galleries and try to keep my website updated often.

A few examples:

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Find his paintings here and his infographics and illustration web site here.

Birthdays for Monday, Sept. 29

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…

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Tan Ly is president of Visually Dynamic, a firm that designs digital and print products and based in Washington, D.C. A 1996 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tan spent four years as a designer for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and then three more with the San Jose Mercury News before joining the Washington Post in 2003. He served as financial design director, A1 and enterprise designer and lead Sunday designer before being named deputy news editor and business design director. He left to open his design firm in 2012. Tan also spent four years as president of the D.C. chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. Find his company’s Twitter feed here.

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David Newhouse is editor at large for Advance Publications. A graduate of Cornell University, David spent ten years in retail, with his children’s store named “Best in Boston” by Boston magazine. David went to work for the Times of Trenton, N.J. as a reporter, working his way up to assistant managing editor. He moved to Harrisburg, Pa., in 2001 and was editor of the Patriot-News for 11 years. In 2004, the Patriot-News was named one of Editor & Publisher‘s “Ten That Do It Right.” In March 2012, David was awarded the Benjamin C. Bradlee award by the National Press Foundation as editor of the year in the wake of the Patriot-News’ Penn State coverage. The next month, of course, the paper won a Pulitzer for that coverage. David stepped down in May of that year.

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Bill Pitzer is senior visual information designer for Kwikpoint, a publisher of visual information guides based in Alexandria, Va. A 1981 graduate of Glenville State College in West Virginia, Bill worked at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and the Virginian-Pilot before moving to the Charlotte Observer in 1998 as news graphics editor. He left the Observer in 2011. He has created top-quality freelance infographics for a number of clients including National Geographic magazine. He earned a master’s degree from Appalachian State University in 2006 and now teaches — via the web — at West Virginia University. Find his online portfolio here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here.

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Laurie Mansfield Reiter is an editor for Fox Sports in Los Angeles, Calif. A 1998 graduate of Ohio University, Laurie earned a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Laurie spent five years as a features reporter for the Des Moines Register before moving to the Kansas City Star in 2007 as assistant features editor. She was promoted to assistant managing editor a year later. She launched Ink, a free tabloid, in January 2008. When her husband, sports columnist Bill Reiter, moved west last summer, she moved as well. Find Laurie’s Twitter feed here.

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Werner Walters is a senior applications and system specialist for Media24 in Cape Town, South Africa. A graduate of two different technological schools, Werner worked in customer support for technical support firms before joining Media24 in 2005. Werner turns 33 today.

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Lynne Wynn is a stay-at-home mother of three in Centerville, Ohio. But 30 years ago, she wrote and edited for the Johnsonian, the student newspaper of Winthrop College. Where she worked with me during our senior year.

Tan, Werner, Laurie, Lynne, David and Bill share a birthday with actors Zachary Levi Pugh, Madeline Gail Wolfson (better known as Madeline Kahn), Paul MacKenzie Crook, Alexis Cruz, Jill Whelan, Lawrence Lavon “Larry” Linville and Andrew Clay Silverstein (better known as Andrew Dice Clay); musicians Orvon Eugene “Gene” Autry, Leland Michael Postil (better known as Mike Post), Jerry Lee Lewis, Suzzy Roche (of the Roches) and Dallas Green (of Alexisonfire); TV host Bryant Gumbel; director Stanley Earl Kramer; sports greats Kevin Wayne Durant, John MacBeth Paxson (both basketball), Warren Livingston Cromartie (baseball), Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (soccer), Calvin Johnson (football) and Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips (football coach); physicist Enrico Fermi; English naval commander Horatio Nelson; Medal of Honor recipient Gary George Wetzel; authors Norman Colin Dexter and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Australian prime minister Julia Eileen Gillard and labor leader-turned-Polish president Lech Wałęsa.

In addition, today is International Coffee Day, VFW Day, World Maritime Day and National Attend Your Grandchild’s Birth Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a truly great birthday today!

Birthdays for Friday, Aug. 15

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven talented visual journalists…

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Kelly McHugh Chtcheprov is an infographics designer and social media expert for Industry Standard Research of Cary, N.C. A 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Kelly spent her senior year as visual managing editor of the student paper there, the Daily Tar Heel. She served an internship in 2011 in the infographics department at National Geographic and then worked as a fellow on UNC’s annual Powering a Nation project. She joined ISR in December. She also makes some really cool jewelry. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Kelly turns 23 today.

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Candy Hatcher Gregor is an editorial writer for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. A 1981 graduate of Wake Forest University, Candy worked for the Star-News of Wilmington, N.C., and the Times-News of Burlington, N.C. before earning a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1987. She worked as a reporter and editorial writer for the Palm Beach Post, wrote a metro column for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and joined the Chicago Tribune in 2002 as profiles editor and a bureau chief. She moved again to the Pilot in 2006 as a senior editor and then to the Pilot’s editorial page in 2008. Find Candy’s Twitter feed here.

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Michelle Herman is a vice-president of corporate marketing and communications at Alfresco of San Francisco. A graduate of Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., Michelle earned a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. She spent seven years – three of them in Hong Kong — with the Hoffman Agency and then worked with a series of marketing firms including Cadence Design Systems, Sparkpr, Hyperion Solutions and Bite Communications. Find her Twitter feed here.

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Greg Jerrett is social media and programming coordinator for the Musser Public Library in Musser, Iowa. A 1991 graduate of Iowa State University, Greg spent three years as a staff writer at the Nonpariel of Council Bluffs, Iowa. He’s also written a column for the Muscatine Journal. He has also worked as a social media and public relations consultant as a freelancer and via Big River Marketing. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Greg turns 46 today.

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Matt Mansfield is executive editor for digital at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. A 1990 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Matt spent two years as art director of the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., before moving to Munster, Ind. in 1994 to become features editor of the Times of Northwest Indiana. He was promoted to deputy managing editor, a post he held for three years before moving to the same position at the San Jose Mercury News in 2000. Matt took a buyout from the Merc in 2008, spent six months art directing Time Out, a weekly Chicago-based magazine and then joined Northwestern University in 2008 as an associate professor and co-director of the Medill School of Journalism’s Washington D.C. program. He joined National Geographic last summer. Find his Twitter feed here. Matt turns 47 today.

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Matt Martel is executive editor for photography and presentation at the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and AFR — all three owned by Fairfax Media of Sydney, Australia. A 1990 graduate of Massey University, Matt spent five years as design herald of the New Zealand Herald before moving to Fairfax Media in 2008. Find his Twitter feed here.

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Adrianna Zhang is a multimedia journalist at the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Indiana University, Adrianna served as an associate instructor at Indiana and as a reporter for the student paper there, the Indiana Daily Student. She worked an internship at Middle West Studios in Fort Thomas, Ky., near Cincinnati and earned her Master’s degree last year. Originally from Qingdao, China, Adrianna moved to D.C. last fall.

Kelly, Michelle, Adrianna, Greg, Matt, Matt and Candy share a birthday with actors Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (better known as Ben Affleck), Jennifer Shrader Lawrence, Debra Lynn Messing, Krekor Ohanian (better known as Mike Connors), Rondell Jerome Sheridan and Rose Marie Mazetta; musicians Joseph Adam “Joe” Jonas, Natalia Noemi Keery-Fisher (better known as Natalia Kills), Jimmy Layne Webb and Bill Pinkney (of the Drifters); sports greats Eugene Thurman Upshaw Jr. and Lionel Thomas Taylor (both football), Gary Wayne Kubiak (football coach), Jay Thomas “Tom” Kelly (baseball manager), Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings (volleyball) and Carl Michael Edwards (auto racing); activist Phyllis McAlpin Stewart Schlafly; philanthropist Melinda Ann French Gates; TV chef Julia Carolyn McWilliams (better known as Julia Child); game show host Jim Lange; TV news anchor Linda Jane Smith Ellerbee and military leaders Thomas Edward “T.E.” Lawrence (Great Britain) and Napoleon Bonaparte (France).

In addition, today is Best Friends Day, Men’s Grooming Day, National Relaxation Day and Men’s Grooming Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Thursday, Aug. 7

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…

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Daniel Haglund is a financial benefits counselor for the Sons of Norway in Minneapolis, Minn. A graduate of Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Daniel worked for the Forum of Fargo, N.D., three times: From 1994 to 1999, from 2000 to 20005 and then from 2008 to 2013. He turns 45 today.

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Jessica Jorgenson is a copy editor for the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. A 1998 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Jessica has been at the Register for 11 years. In her spare time, she’s also the web site coordinator for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Jessica turns 39 today.

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Carlos Gámez Kindelán is a freelance artist via his firm, Factoria dMultimedia. A graduate of both the University of Navarra and the University of Seville, Carlos worked as a free-lance graphic artist and staff for a number of companies, including Diario Médico and Diario de Sevilla. He was graphics editor for 5W infographics in Madrid, which produced graphics for el Mundo and el Semanal, among others. He spent two years as graphics editor of LaInformacion — also in Madrid — where he built interactive graphics for el Pais, Kalipedia, and other web sites. Find his web site here, his NewsPageDesigner portfolio here and his Facebook fan page here. Carlos turns 42 today.

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Theuns Kruger is an artist for the Media24 chain of newspapers in South Africa, where he’s worked since 2010. A 1993 graduate of the Technikon in Pretoria, Theuns is based in Johannesburg. In his spare time, he composes music. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Theuns turns 45 today.

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Kyle Munson is a columnist for the Des Moines Register. A 1994 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa, Kyle went to work right away for the Register, serving as a news assistant, a reporter, a music critic and a columnist before becoming online entertainment editor in November 2006. He began writing a general interest column in 2010. Find his blog and stories here and his Twitter feed here.

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Ashley Tarr is a designer for Henry Schein Practice Solutions in Salt Lake City, Utah. A 2005 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., Ashley worked at the Moline (Ill.) Dispatch and Rock Island Argus for a couple of years before moving to the Salt Lake Tribune in 2008. The Tribune laid her off in 2012. In addition, Ashley does freelance work via her company, Scarred Derby Designs. Find her poster-and-design photostream here and her older work here. Ashley turns 31 today.

Ashley, Jessica, Carlos, Theuns, Daniel and Kyle share a birthday with actors David William Duchovny, Charlize Theron, John Soursby Glover Jr., Wayne Eliot Knight, Cirroc Lofton, Edward Hardwicke and Carl Dean Switzer; musicians Billy Joe “B.J.” Thomas and Paul Bruce Dickinson (of Iron Maiden); writer/comedian Stanley Victor “Stan” Freberg; radio host Gary Edward “Garrison” Keillor; model Megan Kate Gale; magician Randall James Hamilton Zwinge (better known as the Amazing Randi); sports greats Sidney Patrick Crosby (hockey), Donald James “Don” Larson, Michael Nelson “Mike” Trout (both baseball) and Chris “Beanie” Michael Wells (football); NFL star-turned Minnesota supreme court justice Alan Cedric Page; archeologist Louis Seymour Bazette Leakey; diplomat Ralph Johnson Bunche and exotic dancer-turned-alleged spy Margaretha Geertruida Zelle (better known as Mata Hari).

In addition, today is Lighthouse Day, Purple Heart Day, Professional Speakers Day and Particularly Preposterous Packing Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a fabulous birthday!

Creepy juxtaposition alert

Submitted for your approval: The front of today’s Philadelphia Daily News.

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Eek! I’m not sure that sex-slave story works well against the refer in the rail to the “sexy singles swimsuit edition.”

You gotta put more thought into your front page than this.

The image is from the Newseum, of course. And thanks to the Newseum’s Paul Sparrow for the tip this morning via Twitter.

Find a lot more odd — and sometimes funny — juxtapositons here.

Birthdays for Friday, July 4

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five excellent visual journalists…

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Pegie Stark Adam is a communications design consultant based in Ottawa, Canada. A 1974 graduate of the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Pegie has served as graphics editor of the Detroit News, graphics director of the Detroit Free Press, art director for the St. Petersburg Times and art and design director for the Ottawa Citizen. She spent four years as director of the Poynter Institute’s graphics and design programs and is still an affiliate faculty member there. She co-directed three Poynter EyeTrack research projects, wrote a book (Color, Contrast and Dimension in News Design, published in 1991 by Poynter) and has redesigned a number of papers around the world. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Pegie turns 65 today.

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Adrian Bohannon is a designer for the Virginian-Pilot. He’s a 2004 graduate of Mississippi State University. Find his Twitter feed here.

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Steve Breen is editorial cartoonist for U-T San Diego. A 1994 graduate of UC Riverside, Steve spent nearly five years as cartoonist for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey before moving back to the west coast in 2001. He’s won two Pulitzer prizes: In 1998 and 2009. Find galleries of his work here and here. Find his Twitter feed here. Steve turns 44 today.

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Jennifer Jiggetts is a volunteer for the Peace Corps stationed in Lesotho, a small country near South Africa. A 2007 graduate of Virginia’s Norfolk State University, Jennifer served an internship at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, and then worked there part-time before moving to the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Md., in 2008. She returned to the Pilot in 2010 as a general assignment and cops reporter. She joined the Peace Corps in 2012. Find her life in Lesotho blog here, her writing clips here and her Twitter feed here.

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Travis Ricks is creative adviser for the State News at Michigan State University in Lansing. A 2007 graduate of that same institution, Travis was named SND Student Designer of the year. He served an extended internship at the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel until the Sarasota Herald-Tribune hired him. Then — four months to the day on which he started — the Herald-Tribune laid him off. In 2008, Travis went to work for Miles Media in Sarasota, Fla., a marketing publisher of print and web products to promote tourism. He moved back to Michigan in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here. Travis turns 32 today.

Travis, Jennifer, Steve, Adrian and Pegie share a birthday with actors Lugina “Gina” Lollobrigida, Eva Marie Saint and Rebecca Sara “Becki” Newton; musicians John Dempsey (better known as Jack Frost), Michael Sweet (of Boston and Stryper), William Harrison “Bill” Withers Jr. and Mitchell William “Mitch” Miller; reality TV star Michael “the Situation” Sorrentino; playwright Marvin Neil Simon; dancer-turned-politician George Lloyd Murphy; sports greats Harvey and Horace Grant (both basketball), Floyd Douglas Little, Emerson Boozer (both football), Charles William “Chuck” Tanner (baseball manager), Allen “Al” Davis (football owner), George Michael Steinbrenner III (baseball owner), and ESPN’s Jason “Jay” Crawford; presidential daughter Malia Ann Obama; President John Calvin Coolidge; rich jailbird Leona Mindy Roberts Rosenthal Helmsley; novelist Nathaniel Hathorne (better known as Nathaniel Hawthorne); TV host Gerald Michael Riviera (better known as Geraldo Rivera); twin newspaper columnists Esther Pauline “Eppie” Friedman and Pauline Esther Friedman (better known as Ann Landers and Dear Abby, respectively) and cartoonist Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg.

In addition to Independence Day, today is Indivisible Day and Boom Box Parade Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a fabulous birthday today!