Charles Apple — Focus page editor of the Orange County Register — has been a leader in infographics and news design for more than 20 years.
Previously, Apple was art director of Sporting News Today, graphics director of The Virginian-Pilot, graphics editor of The Des Moines Register and an artist for the Chicago Tribune, The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer, and for small papers in South Carolina and Georgia.
He has won numerous awards from the Society for News Design for graphics and graphics reporting. He has taught design and graphics seminars around the country, including sessions for the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the American Press Institute, the Tulsa (Okla.) Press Club and SND. He has spoken at three annual SND workshops: Minneapolis in 2000, Orlando in 2006 and St. Louis in 2011. He was an instructor at an IFRA design and graphics workshop in Manila in 2007.
He also has consulted for papers around the U.S. and the world. He spent nearly three months in 2009 and five months in 2010 and 2011 teaching and consulting in South Africa. He spent two weeks in 2010 teaching in Abuja, Nigeria and two more week teaching in Nairobi, Kenya.
Apple has been a columnist and frequent contributor to SND’s quarterly magazine, Design. He blogged for API during the Iraqi war in 2003. After six years of working at VisualEditors.com, Apple moved his visual journalism blog to ACES in July 2010.
Apple, 50, tweeted and facebooked his way across the U.S. to Santa Ana, Calif., in March. His wife and 20-year-old daughter still live in Virginia Beach. In his spare time, he reads 20th century U.S. History, collects Star Trek action figures and writes about himself in the third person.