Patty Reksten was director of photography at The Oregonian for 12 years. She came to the newspaper after 14 1/2 years as a professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism. She received the Robin F. Garland Award for outstanding teaching from NPPA in 1997. Her students placed first in many CPOY categories and the William Randolph Hearst Photojournalism Contest. Before teaching she worked as a reporter, photographer and editor at various newspapers.
Reksten and the photographers and picture editors won numerous awards during the years she was at The Oregonian. One of the photographers was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year for POYi. The picture editing staff placed first, second and third in POYi categories including second place for best use of photography. The staff also won numerous other national and regional contests.
She taught the Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshops for several years and has been a faculty member of the Mountain Workshops and the Missouri Photo Workshop .
Reksten also taught for a semester as a photojournalist-in-residence at Western Kentucky University.
She has twice been a judge for Pictures of the Year International (POYi). As a photographer Reksten placed first in the sports action category of POY.
She now lives in Manzanita, a tiny oceanside community on the Oregon coast.