Thomas Kennedy

Thomas Kennedy | 2011 Faculty

Tom Kennedy is an internationally known visual journalist with 35 years of print and online journalism experience, including positions as Managing Editor for Multimedia at and Director of Photography at the National Geographic Society. He has created, directed, and edited visual journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as EMMY, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards. Currently, he is on the faculty of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University as the endowed Alexia Foundation chair in the multimedia, photography, and design department. Kennedy has been a featured speaker at some of the most prestigious journalism conferences and media workshops around the world, while also consulting to various academic institutions and international media companies on topics ranging from media management to multimedia storytelling and innovating within a corporate environment. As the Managing Editor for Multimedia at, Kennedy conceptualized and developed its multimedia section, and created the first documentary video team to produce stories for a newspaper-based web site. His expertise in identifying, recruiting, and managing creative talent led to a continuous stream of professional awards over an 11-year period, while also generating 16 million page views per month for visual content and contributing revenue via high CPM video pre-roll advertising. Prior to joining, Kennedy was the Director of Photography at the National Geographic Society for ten years. He directed the Photographic Division that produced all still photography for the Society, with the primary focus on National Geographic Magazine. While at the Philadelphia Inquirer as Deputy Graphics Director, Kennedy directed two projects that earned Pulitzer Prizes for feature photography. Early in his newspaper career, he worked as a photojournalist at The Gainesville (FL) Sun and The Orlando (FL) Sentinel Star. Kennedy serves on the Board of Advisors for The Knight Center for International Journalism within the School of Communication at the University of Miami, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Eddie Adams Photo Workshop. Kennedy graduated cum laude with a degree in journalism from the University of Florida.