Kim Komenich worked as a staff photographer and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle (2000-2009) and the San Francisco Examiner (1982-2000). 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..
This summer he teaches "Introduction to Video Journalism" at Stanford Continuing Studies. This fall he begins a new career as assistant professor for multimedia at his undergraduate alma mater San Jose State University.
Komenich has photographed the ramifications of conflict in the Philippines, Vietnam, Guyana, El Salvador, the former Soviet Union and most recently in Iraq, where photos from his three trips to the Sunni Triangle in 2005 earned him the Military Reporters and Editors' Association's 2006 Photography Award.
He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the 1983 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.
He 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 University of Washington's Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
In 2007 he received his MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri, where he studied the history and practice of multimedia photojournalism..