Kenny Irby served on Poynter’s faculty of visual journalism and diversity from 1995 - 2015.
During his 19-year tenure at Poynter, Irby traveled to Nigeria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Russia, preaching excellence in photojournalism and truth-telling. He chaired the 2007 Pulitzer Prize photography categories, lectured at the World Press Photos buddy training program and the International Center of Photography, is a member of the Eddie Adams Workshop board, and is a founding member of National Press Photographers Association, and The Best of Photojournalism (BOP) Committee.
He is the recipient of numerous awards: 2007 Sprague Award (the NPPA’s highest honor), 2006 Society for News Design President’s 2002 NPPA President’s Award, 1999 Joseph Costa Award and others. Irby is a frequent lecturer, teacher and author on photographic reporting issues, most recently with NPR. While at Newsday, he contributed as a picture editor to two Pulitzer prize winning projects.