- Master of Arts. Univ Of Missouri-Columbia, 2007
- Bachelor of Arts, Journalism
- San Jose St Univ, 1979
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.
Komenich has photographed the ramifications of conflict in the Philippines, Vietnam, 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 for large circulation newspapers.
He has received the 1987 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the 1981 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 Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, based at Columbia University.
In 2007 he received his MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri, where he studied the history and practice of multimedia photojournalism. He is currently an assistant professor for new media studies at San Jose State University. He also teaches short courses in video and multimedia photojournalism at Stanford Continuing Studies.