Birthdays for Sunday, Dec. 6

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!

Birthdays for Saturday, Dec. 5

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


Phil Geib has been an artist for the Chicago Tribune for the past 18 years. A graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, Phil worked for a number of freelance clients before starting work for Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1987. He moved to the Trib in 1997. Find his portfolio here. Phil turns 51 today.


Linda Martinez was a copy editor and page designer with the Ventura County Star in Camarillo, Calif. She left the paper in early 2011. Linda turns 54 today.


Kim Storeygard is lead sports designer for the Detroit News. A 2005 graduate of Northwestern University, Kim earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University and served an internship with the Syracuse Post-Standard. She spent two years as a news and sports designer with the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., before moving to Detroit in 2008. She also helps tutor students in writing and editing via the Student Connection in Birmingham, Mich.


Steve Yelvington is vice president of audience for the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News. Steve spent seven years as an editor for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat before moving to the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1985. He switched to the digital side on April Fools Day 1994 as editor of Star Tribune Online and, later, of Steve was named executive editor and director of network content for Cox Interactive in 1999 but then, in 2001, moved to Morris Communications of Augusta, Ga., as a corporate-level audience development consultant. He slid into his current position in 2011. Find Steve’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.

Kim, Phil, Linda and Steve share a birthday with actors Francisco James “Frankie” Muniz IV, Paula Maxine Patton, Jessica Paré and Amy Louise Acker; musicians Gary Allan Herezberg, John Joseph Theodore Rzeznik (of the Goo Goo Dolls), Keri Lynn Hilson, James Melvin “Jim” Messina and Richard Wayne Penniman (better known as Little Richard); comedian Margaret Cho; politicians Martin Van Buren and James Strom Thurmond; Gen. George Armstrong Custer; physicist Werner Karl Heisenberg; sports greats Niklas Hagman (hockey), August Rodney “Gus” Mancuso (baseball), James Arthur “Art” Monk, James William “Jim” Plunkett (both football) and James Patrick “Jim” Tressel (football coach); directors Otto Ludwig Preminger and Friedrich Christian Anton “Fritz” Lang and animator Walter Elias Disney.

In addition, today is World Soil Day, AFL-CIO Day, Earmuff Day, Skywarn Recognition Day, Bartender Appreciation Day, Bathtub Party Day and International Ninja Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Friday, Dec. 4

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


Jarrod Evans is North American marketing manager for the Life Sciences Division of ALS Environmental, producer of environmental testing services and based in Houston, Texas. A 2004 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University — where he served as sports editor for that school’s student paper, the Pine Log — Jarrod spent two years as a designer, copy editor and columnist for the Daily Sentinel of Nacogdoches, Texas, before moving to the Wichita Eagle to become A1 and sports designer. He moved to the Houston Chronicle in 2007 and then made the leap to the marketing world in 2009. Find his Twitter feed here. Jarrod turns 35 today.


Sylvia Santivañez is a journalist with Media Networks Latin America based in Lima, Peru. She’s a graduate of the Universidad de San Martin de Porres in Lima. Find her Twitter feed here.


Bill Zapcic is a workflow product analyst for Gannett’s NewsGate news database and editing system and based in Asbury Park, N.J. A 1977 graduate of Dickinson college of Carlisle, Pa., Bill spent four years as assistant night editor of the Daily Register and five years as assistant chief copy editor of the Record.  He was named online editor of the Home News Tribune in 2002, moved up to associate editor of the Courier News in 2007 and then to executive editor of seven zoned weeklies that were part of the Courier News and Home News Tribune. He move to the Asbury Park Press in 2009 as a regional desk copy editor and then a universal desk editor. He took on his current duties in 2011. Find his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 60 today.

Sylvia, Jarrod and Bill share a birthday with actors Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Leon “Jeff” Bridges, Fred Armisen and Maximilian Adalbert “Max” Baer Jr.; musicians Shawn Corey Carter (better known as Jay-Z), Lila Elaine McCann, Aiden Samuel Grimshaw and Dennis Carl Wilson (of the Beach Boys); model Tyra Lynne Banks; game show host Winston Conrad “Wink” Martindale; sports greats Joe Thomas, Frank Michael Reich Jr. (both football), Bernard King (basketball), Ryan Michael Dungey (motocross), Jay Michael Demerit (soccer) and Kristina Groves (speedskating); canned meat merchant George Albert Hormel; Spanish leader Francisco Franco y Bahamonde and U.S. World War II hero Gregory “Pappy” Boyington.

In addition, today is National Spokesperson Day, National Dice Day, National Cookie Day and World Wildlife Conservation Day. Seriously.

Have a great birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Thursday, Dec. 3

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


Jake Crump is a designer for the Washington Post. A 2015 graduate of the University of Oregon, Jake served as a designer and design editor for the student paper there, the Emerald, and as art director for Emerald Media Group. He interned for the Chicago Tribune‘s RedEye before moving to the Post in October. Find his web site here, his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Jake turns 24 today.


Gene Warnick is sports copy editor for the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. A 1992 graduate of Western Washington University, Gene spent three years as a sportswriter for the Wenatchee World of Washington and then a year as executive sports editor of the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times. He spent a year as the Mariners beat reporter for the Everett (Wash.) Herald, three years as sports editor of the Yakima Herald-Republic and then three more on the sports copy desk of the Fresno Bee before becoming sports editor of the Los Angeles Daily News in 2005. Gene departed the LADN in 2014 and joined the OCR in August. Find his Twitter feed here.

Jake and Gene share a birthday with actors Amanda Michelle Seyfried, Brendan James Fraser, Julianne Anne Smith (better known as Julianne Moore), Daryl Christine Hannah, Steven Bradford Culp and Holly Marie Combs; musicians John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne and Howard Andrew “Andy” Williams; director Andrew Stanton; sports greats Rick Ravon Mears, Robert Arthur “Bobby” Allison (both auto racing), Katarina Witt (figure skating), Alicia Marie Sacramone (gymnastics), Alexander Peter “Alex” Delvecchio (hockey) and Charles Michael “Bucky” Lasek (skateboarding); painter Gilbert Charles Stuart, Civil War general George Brinton McClellan and Napster founder Sean Parker.

In addition, today is the International Day of Persons With Disabilities and the Day of the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree. Seriously.

Have a truly great birthday today, you two! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Dec. 1

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


Javier Muñoz Fernández is a freelance illustrator based in Bilbao, Spain. A 1978 graduate of the University of Basque Country, Javier has been published by publications such as Diario de Navarra, el Correo, le Monde of Paris and CNN. Find his web site here. Javier turns 37 today.


Jason Miller is presentation editor for the Forum of Fargo, N.D. A 2000 graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., Jason joined the Forum in 2005. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Jason turns 38 today.


Douglas Okasaki is a senior designer for the Gulf News in Dubai. Previously, Douglas worked as art editor for UOL. For the better part of a decade, he’s served as the Region 20 director (Africa/Middle East) for the Society for News Design. This year he served as secretary and treasurer of the society. Next year, he’ll be vice president. Find Douglas’ portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.


Erica Smith is digital news editor for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. A 1999 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Erica spent three years as a designer for the Times of Munster, Ind., before moving to the News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., for a year. She returned to Munster as design editor in 2004 and moved to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a news designer in 2006. She slid over to the interactive side in 2008 as a multimedia producer and then was named social media editor in 2010. She left newspapers in 2012 and worked as “curator in chief” for Infuz, a digital marketing agency in St. Louis and as online producer for St. Louis Public Radio before moving to the Pilot last April.

Erica has run a number of other sites, too. Among them:

  • Paper Cuts, which tracks the number and locations of newspaper layoffs across the U.S.
  • The Story of Man, where she collects headlines that say “man did this” or “man does that.” Funny stuff.
  • Live & Kern, a general interest blog. “Wisdom and whimsy in generous doses,” she calls it.

Find her personal web site here and her Twitter feed here.

Javier, Erica, Douglas and Jason share a birthday with actors Mary Virginia Martin, Charlene Tilton, Zo‪ë‬ Isabella Kravitz, Nestor Gastón Carbonell and Richard Treat Williams; musicians Bette Midler, Mathew William “Mat” Kearney, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Bradford Phillip “Brad” Delson (of Linkin Park), John Paul Densmore (of the Doors), Raymond Edward “Gilbert” O’Sullivan and Louis Allen “Lou” Rawls; comedians Sarah Kate Silverman, Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III and Allan Stewart Konigsberg (better known as Woody Allen); sports greats DeSean William Jackson (football), Larry Kenneth Robert Walker, George Arthur Foster, Reginald Laverne “Reggie” Sanders (all three baseball) and Lee Buck Trevino (golf); supermodels Carol Ann Alt and Chanel Iman Robinson; comic book writer Joseph Quesada; murder victim Matthew Wayne Shepard; video blogger Philip “DeFranco” Franchina, TV journalists Matt Sanchez and Laura Ling and disgraced Subway pitchman Jared Fogle.

In addition, today is Rosa Parks Day, Basketball Day, Antarctica Day, Civil Air Patrol Day and World AIDS Day. Seriously.

Have a tremendous birthday today, folks! Best wishes!