Patty Reksten grew up in the mountains of Montana, taking her first pictures when she was 10. She emphasized reporting and photojournalism at the University of Missouri, worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and designer at small newspapers in many states. After receiving her Masters, she taught at the University of Montana for 14+ years, becoming a full professor before leaving for Portland. There she was the Director of Photography at The Oregonian.
Her students won numerous awards in CPOY contests and in annual Hearst competitions. She and the Oregonian staff also won numerous photography and picture editing awards in POYi. One of the staffers, Rob Finch, was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year during that time.
Reksten taught at the Kalish Picture Editing workshops for several years and has been a judge at both CPOY and POYi.
After leaving the Oregonian she was a photojournalist-in-residence at WKU for a semester. And has recently served as a curator for a couple of photo galleries in Portland. In August she moved to Manzanita, OR and spends time in the coastal mountains.