Thomas R. Kennedy is the former Executive Director of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), having served for five and half years in this capacity before retiring on July 3, 2020. In this capacity, he led this country’s leading trade association representing independent commercial photographers working across commercial and editorial genres for publication in all forms of media.
He is an internationally known visual journalist with extensive print, broadcast, and online journalism experience, including positions as Managing Editor/Digital News for PBS NewsHour, Managing Editor for Multimedia at The Washington Post, Director of Photography at the National Geographic Society, and Deputy Graphics Director at The Philadelphia Inquirer.
He has created, directed, and edited visual journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as EMMY, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards.
Previously, he has also worked as an independent consultant coaching and mentoring individual photographers, focusing particularly on multimedia story development. In addition, he has worked providing strategic analysis on visual storytelling for media companies and nonprofit organizations, as well as teaching regularly at universities and multimedia conferences, and advising about recruiting, coaching, and managing creative talent for optimal performance.