DANESE KENON is an award-winning multimedia photojournalist struggling with an addiction to salsa dancing. Her enthusiasm for picture taking as a seven-year-old evolved into a full-fledged love affair. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Virginia State University, she attended The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL as a Visual Fellow. This academic boot camp changed her perception of photojournalism. It was there that she learned visual journalism more than just 'pretty pictures' – it also came with responsibility to convey and share the truth.
In the fall of 2000, she was a Chips Quinn Scholar at The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, and later became a full-time photographer with the paper. After three years in Rochester, she attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and received a Master of Science degree in Photography. A Pulliam Fellowship took Kenon to The Indianapolis Star, where she would spend the next eight years.
Kenon often teaches multimedia journalism to organizations like Chips Quinn Scholars, The Diversity Institute Scholars at the Freedom Forum and to the students of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Currently, Kenon is the Deputy Director of Photography for Video/Multimedia for the Tampa Bay Times. You can follow her on twitter @danesekenon.