Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to eight top-notch visual journalists…
David Anesta is design team leader for the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park, N.J. A 2000 graduate of the University of Miami, David spent two years as a designer for the Prague Post, two more as a designer for the New York Post and then two more yet at the Boston Herald before moving to the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale in 2006. He joined Gannett in 2011, working as a features design team leader in Asbury Park, becoming creative director in the Nasville studio in 2013, spending a year as consumer experience director for the Tennessean and then moving back to Jersey in October. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.
Eric Ebert is a technology application analyst for US Bank in Minneapolis, Minn. A 2006 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Eric spent a year as a cops reporter for the West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minn., before moving to the Green Bay Press-Gazette in 2007 as a copy editor and designer. He was promoted to presentation director in 2008. Eric left the Press-Gazette in 2010 to join Sport Ngin of Minneapolis, which designs marketing web sites for professional and amateur sports teams and leagues. He moved to US Bank in 2013. Eric turns 32 today.
Charmaine Engelsman-Robins is a freelance writer, photographer, artist and marketing consultant in Sarasota, Fla. A product of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and the Ringling College of Art and Design, Charmaine spent 10 years as a music columnist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and a contributing editor for Sarasota magazine. She’s also worked as a contributing editor and photographer for Attitudes magazine.
Alan Jacobson is the creator of Teen Tribune and Tween Tribune, daily news sites geared toward youngsters and classrooms and now owned and operated by the Smithsonian Institute. A 1978 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, Alan is also a news design consultant based in Norfolk, Va. His latest venture helps web sites examine their potential profitability. Find his Twitter feed here.
Tina Luster is a communications manager for the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau near San Francisco, Calif. A 1984 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Tina spent seven years as editor of the Weekender — an entertainment weekly that served California, Arizona and Nevada — before moving to State Farm in 1997 as regional communications coordinator. She spent a year-and-a-half as a designer for the Napa Valley Register and then signed on in her current gig in 2007.
Johnn-Grant Munro is head of design for die Burger, an Afrikaans-language daily in Cape Town, South Africa. A 2003 graduate of the University of Stellenbosch, Johnn worked as a visual journalist for Eikestadnuus before moving to die Burger in 2004. He served as a layout artist for corporate content, then became the same for the main paper and moved to assistant chief sub editor in 2006. He was named the paper’s chief layout artist in 2008 and moved into his current position in 2014. Find his Twitter feed here. Johnn turns 36 today.
Caitlin Rother is a writer of true crime books, based in San Diego and an instructor at UCSD. A 1984 graduate of Cal Berkeley, Caitlin earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1987 and then spent a year each at the Springfield-Union News, the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Daily News before signing on with the Union-Tribune of San Diego. She worked there for 13 years as an investigative reporter before leaving the newspaper world in 2006. Caitlin’s the author of ten books, including seven with a “true crime” bent. I’ll Take Care of You was released in January and Then No One Can Have Her came out last month.
In addition, her one novel — Naked Addiction – was released in 2014.
Find Caitlin’s web site here and her Twitter feed here.
Megan Tkacy is a designer for the Lee Enterprises hub in Munster, Ind. A 2011 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Megan interned for the NextMedia radio group of Waukegan, Ill., and then spent year designing for the GateHouse hub in Rockford. She moved to the Lee hub in 2013. Find her entertainment blog here and her Twitter feed here.
Eric, Megan, Tina, Charmaine, David, Johnn-Grant, Caitlin and Alan share a birthday with actors Janine Loraine Gauntt (better known as Janine Turner), Noel Anthony Clarke, Thomas Edward “Tom” Hulce, Wallace Maynard “Wally” Cox, Margaret JoBeth Williams, Agnes Robertson Moorehead and Lillie Louise “Lynn” Fontanne; musicians Peter Lawrence Buck (of R.E.M.), David Warren “Dave” Brubeck and Israel Gershowitz (better known as Ira Gershwin); comedian Steven Alexander Wright; director Judd Apatow; comedian-turned-director Wil Shriner; animator Nicholas Wulstan “Nick” Park; poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer; politician Andrew Mark Cuomo; Civil War Gen. John Singleton Mosby; AIDS victim Ryan Wayne White; sports greats Alberto Contador Velasco (bicycling), Lawrence Robert “Larry” Bowa, Gary Lamell Ward, Stanley Camfield Hack (all three baseball), Otto Everett Graham Jr. and Jonathan Paul “Johnny” Manziel (both football); photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt; editorial cartoonist Douglas Nigel Marlette and Craigslist founder Craig Alexander Newmark.
In addition, today is National Pawnbrokers Day and St. Nicholas Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday today, all! Best wishes!