Kathleen Hennessy, Producer / Photographer
Kathleen Hennessy co-founded Picture World Hope in 2008. She travels the world visually documenting the work of non-profits. She is also the Activist Award Director for PhotoPhilanthropy. For twelve years, she worked for the San Francisco Chronicle, most recently as the Director of Photography.
Kathleen was the picture editor of the Chronicle’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning entry for feature photography. She has won over a dozen picture editing awards from the National Press photographers Association (NPPA) and the Pictures of the Year International (POYi). Previously, she served as a staff picture editor in the Clinton White House, Washingtonian magazine and USA Today.
Kathleen has also contributed to non-profits, including as a photographer on medical missions for Smile Train and Operation Smile in China, Romania, Vietnam and Gaza; as a coordinator for the National Geographic’s Photo Camp, a photography program for underprivileged children and as a faculty member of Somosfoto, a workshop for professional Latin American photographers in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic sponsored by the University of Miami.
Kathleen was a Knight Fellow at Ohio University, where she earned a masters degree in journalism. She has taught photojournalism at Ohio University, San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco and the University of California-Berkeley.