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School of Journalism & Broadcasting Staff - Josh Meltzer, M.A.

Josh Meltzer, M.A.

Josh Meltzer, M.A.

Assistant Professor

Office:  MMTH 130
Phone:  (270) 745-2070


New Media
Digital imaging
Picture editing

Web storytelling



  • Photojournalist-in-Residence, Western Kentucky University 2009-present
  • Fulbright Scholar – México 2008-2009
  • Coordinator Listen to My Pictures, Guadalajara, México 2008-2009
  • Staff Photojournalist / Multimedia Reporter, The Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Virginia 1999-2008
  • Staff Photojournalist, Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, Minnesota 1995-1999
  • Photojournalist Intern, Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, Minnesota 1994
  • Photojournalist Intern, The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia 1993


  • B.A. American Studies, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1995
  • Poynter Institute Teamwork Workshop 2003
  • Poynter Institute Visual Edge 2000
  • Masters candidate in Multimedia Journalism, the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. 2012


Professional Activities

Contract photojournalist

  • America 24/7 (Virginia), May, 2003
    Contracted to photograph the nation-wide week in the life of America project.

Freelance photojournalist

  • Published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, USA Today

Workshop presentations/Fellowships/Judgings

  • 2007-2009 instructor, speaker NPPA Multimedia Immersion Seminar
  • 2007 Photo coach/instructor, Mountain Workshops, WKU
  • 2007 Lecturer, weekly convocation, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
  • 2007 Judge NPPA national Best of Web Photojournalism competition
  • 2007 Judge/speaker state photojournalism associations for MN, NC, SC and KY
  • 2007 Panel speaker, Associated Press Managing Editors National Meeting
  • 2006 Lecturer, Freedom Forum Newseum Diversity Institute
  • 2006 Speaker, National Faculty of the NPPA Flying Short Course


  • 2010 Grand Prize Professional Award from Photophilanthropy
  • 2009 Pictures of the Year International (POYi) first place documentary
  • 2009 Casey Medals first place multimedia
  • 2009 Virginia Press Association Community Service Award
  • 2008 Associated Press Managing Editors first place convergence award
  • 2007 NPPA Best of Web Photojournalism Best in Show Gallery, 1st news audio slideshow, 3rd news audio slideshow, 3rd feature audio slideshow
  • 2007 Northern Short Course 2nd place portfolio
  • 2006 NPPA Best of Photojournalism Photographer of the Year
  • 2006 Southern Short Course, runner-up portfolio
  • 2006 Northern Short Course, 3rd place portfolio
  • 2006 Virginia News Photographers Association 1st place portfolio, best in show
  • 2006 Virginia Press Association Photographer of the Year, best in show
  • 2001-2005 VNPA clip contest winner (end of year totals)
  • 2004 NPPA Best of Photojournalism HM, Nature and Environment Picture story
  • 2002-2003 first place multimedia contest
  • 2002 Northern Short Course 2nd place portfolio


Josh Meltzer joined the faculty at Western Kentucky University in August 2009 to

work and teach as a Photojournalist-in-Residence where he teaches photojournalism

and web storytelling.  A native of Athens, Georgia, Josh is a 1995 graduate of Carleton

College in Minnesota and is a 2012 Masters candidate in Multimedia Journalism from

the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

In 2008, after 9 years as a staff photographer and multimedia journalist at

The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia, Josh Meltzer accepted a Fulbright Scholarship

to work and teach in Mexico where worked to create a multimedia project about the

migration of indigenous families within Mexico.  A selection of his work from his

Fulbright year won the Grand Prize Professional Award from Photophilanthropy in 2010.

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