Denny Simmons has been making pictures and getting paid for it since landing his first job at the Jacksonville (Ill.) Journal-Courier after graduating from Mizzou in '93. He has been lucky enough to work for "photography friendly" newspapers his entire career. Simmons was a photo editor at the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, picture editor at the Waukegan (Ill.) News-Sun (Copley Nation represent!) and now is the "visuals content coach" for the Courier & Press in Evansville, Ind., and The Gleaner in Henderson, Ky.
As the changes in the industry have thrown most of us for a loop, Simmons and his staff continue to fight the good fight for the telling of stories with pictures. It is never easy to find the time to invest in good storytelling, but he believes the time can be found if the desire is strong enough.
Simmons is strong believer in maintaining balance in his life (thank you, Tom Kennedy, for the advice), so when he isn't working, he can usually be found chasing after his wife of 24 years, Penny, as she motors along the newly created trails at Friedman Park in Paradise, Ind. Skateboards and fishing poles are also always close-at-hand in case Simmons ever comes upon any smooth 'crete or good water. Their two children, Ben, 21, and Hannah, 19, are spending their days at the University of Evansville and Murray State University and have shown zero interest in journalism.