SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 23, 2015) – Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Kim Komenich was today named an assistant professor of photojournalism for San Francisco State University.
Komenich, who has been an assistant professor of new media studies at San Jose State University, will begin teaching two advanced photojournalism classes at SFSU this coming Fall semester.
He joins legendary photographer and SFSU teacher Ken Kobre on the school's staff, and for the next few semesters the two will teach together, Komenich told News Photographer magazine today. When Kobre retires as the director of the photojournalism program, Komenich will be in line to transition into the post.
Komenich worked as a staff photographer and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle from 2000 to 2009, and the San Francisco Examiner from 1982 to 2000. He was awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for photographs of the Philippine Revolution he made while on assignment for the Examiner.
Last year in an NPPA podcast "Words On Pictures," Komenich talked with journalist Chuck Gathard about the early influences certain photographers and photographs had on shaping his career.
Komenich received the 1987 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the 1981 World Press Photo News Picture Story Award, and three National Headliner Awards.
From fall, 1998 to winter, 2000 he was a visiting instructor at the University of Missouri, where he taught the capstone "Picture Story and the Photographic Essay" course. While at Missouri he received the Donald K. Reynolds Graduate Teaching Award. He is a 2005 recipient of the Clifton C. Edom Education Award from the National Press Photographers Association.
According to his biography, Komenich was a 1993-94 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford and a fall, 2001 teaching fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies at U.C. Berkeley. He was a 2006-07 Dart Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, based at Columbia University.