Professor James H. Kenney received his bachelor’s degree from California State
University, Fresno, and his master’s degree from Syracuse University. He has taught at Western Kentucky University since 1993 and has been the coordinator of the photojournalism program since 2001. Kenney has taught courses in photojournalism, multimedia, design and picture editing. He is also the director of the Mountain Workshops. He received the WKU Teaching Award in 2001.
Kenney was a photographer and photography editor for newspapers in Las Vegas, Nevada, 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 2012, Kenney made three trips to Haiti for a documentary project that was part of his sabbatical. He has photographed the 2015 and 2016 Tennessee Titans NFL home football games for the Associated Press.
Some of 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, AEJMC's 2008 First Prize in its Creative Project Competition and multiple awards from 2000-2016 in the Kentucky Newspaper Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year contest.
Kenney has spent the last three summers teaching in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program.
Kenney’s greatest reward in life is being blessed with a wonderful wife, Nancy, and six incredible kids – James III, Weston, Will, Olivia, Luke and Ian.