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School of Media Faculty and Staff

James Kenney, M.S.
James Kenney, M.S.
- Coordinator Photojournalism, Professor

Introduction to Photojournalism

Introduction to Multimedia

Introduction to Digital Photography


Syracuse University - Master of Science

California State University - Bachelor of Arts


Professor James H. Kenney received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Fresno, and his master’s degree at Syracuse University. He has taught at Western Kentucky University since 1993 and has been the coordinator of the photojournalism program since 2001. Professor Kenney has taught courses in photojournalism, multimedia, digital technology, design and picture editing. He is also the director of the Mountain Workshops. He received the Western Kentucky University Teaching Award in 2001.
Professor Kenney was a photographer and photography editor for newspapers in Las Vegas, Nev., before entering the teaching profession. He has spent his summers photographing projects in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, Nigeria and Jamaica. He spent a summer as a photographer for the Lexington Herald-Leader and worked a summer for National Geographic in their faculty fellowship program. In the spring and fall of 2012, Professor Kenney made three trips to Haiti to work on video and still photography projects that were part of his Spring 2012 sabbatical.
Some of Professor Kenney’s professional credits include still photography and multimedia awards in the Best of Photojournalism 2007 and 2008 contests, a multimedia award in the 2008 Pictures of the Year International contest, a Best of Show in the 2007 Southern Short Course and awards in the Kentucky Newspaper Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year contests in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Kenney’s greatest reward in life is that he is blessed with a wonderful wife, Nancy, and six incredible kids – James III, Weston, Will, Olivia, Luke and Ian.

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