Tom Kennedy, a visual journalist and multimedia editor, has been tapped to lead the PBS NewsHour’s online news operations as Managing Editor/Digital News. Kennedy brings over 35 years of print and online journalism experience, including positions as Managing Editor for Multimedia at washingtonpost.com 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, according to PBS.
Kennedy (pictured above) now teaches photo editing, including multimedia editing and storytelling, and visual journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also works as a multimedia consultant with assorted corporations and non-profits. He will begin work at the NewsHour in June.
As Managing Editor/Digital News, Kennedy will be responsible for the NewsHour’s online content strategy and the overall growth of the program’s digital operation.
“Tom is a great addition to the NewsHour team,” said Linda Winslow, executive producer of PBS NewsHour.
“This job calls for a creative journalist with editorial and management skills, and Tom is that person. I’m confident that not only will he ensure that all NewsHour-produced digital material – text, video, social media – meets the NewsHour’s strict editorial standards, but that he will further develop multimedia skills and creativity throughout our staff.”