Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Employee Profile


Michael Kennedy

Communication, Music, Art, & Theatre - Communication

Contact Information

Phone: 308-432-6047
Office: Old Admin 236


MA Journalism, Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va. - 1991
BA English, California University of Pennsylvania, California, Pa. - 1986

Teaching Areas

Fundamentals of Oral Communications
News Reporting
Copy Editing
Publication Design
Digital Publishing
Media Law

Campus Service

Adviser - The Eagle (CSC's award-winning, weekly student newspaper)
The Eagle has been judged Best in Overall Excellence for six consecutive years, 2011-16 in the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association's (NCMA) annual Golden Leaf Awards (The Eagle finished second in Overall Excellence, 2009-10)
Coordinator - Journalism and Photojournalism competitions
in CSC's annual "Scholastic Day Contest," 2009-present

Community Service

Design Consultant
Conducted comprehensive redesign of The Chadron Record, April - September 2014
Editor, Designer - "Sunsetters of the Southwest Pacific Area - From Australia to Japan: an Illustrated History of the 38th Bombardent Group (m), 5th Air Force, World War II - 1941 - 1946." The 778-page book is an illustrated history of the U.S. Army Air Corp's most decorated bombardment group from World War II.

Professional Activities and Awards

Nebraska Collegiate Media Association (NCMA)

  • Executive Director, April 2014 - present
  • President Elect, April 2013 - 14
  • President, April 2011 - 13

College Media Advisers (CMA)

  • Member, 2011 - present

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA),

  • Member, Region 9 - 2013 - present
  • Member, Region 3 - 1990 - 2013
  • Honorable Mention - Photographer of the Year, March 2003, NPPA's Northern Short
  • Course in Photojournalism, Pictures of the Year Competition


Michael D. Kennedy is an award-winning, veteran journalist whose professional and academic career spans four decades and three continents.

He began his professional journalism career in 1978 as a news photographer with the Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, W.Va., while attending Marshall University as an undergraduate student. Over the years he moved from photojournalism to news reporting and in 1988 found himself spending 10 days in a Honduran jungle covering U.S. Army Reserve training exercises. The five-part series he wrote for the Pottsville (Pa.) Republican, complimented by his photographs, earned him a 1989 Keystone Press Award for Best Feature Series in state competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association.

Mr. Kennedy has worked for several newspapers and news agencies as either a reporter or news photographer, including the Pottsville Republican, Pennsylvania; the Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, W.Va.; The Kansas City Star., Missouri; the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio; and the Associated Press, Charleston, W.V., bureau.

Mr. Kennedy began teaching journalism and photojournalism in 1997 at Pittsburg State University, Kansas. In 2000 he accepted a position at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he taught magazine journalism, photojournalism, digital design and magazine editing, design and production.

In January 2002, he traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan, where he spent two weeks documenting the living conditions at three Afghan refugee camps, Jallozai, Turkeman and Shamshato. Between October 2001, when the U.S. military began driving the Taliban from Kabul, and January 2002, an estimated 500,000 Afghans fled their country to the safety of about 250 refugee camps located north, east and south of Peshawar in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, also known as the Tribal Region.

Four years later, January 2006, he returned to Pakistan, this time traveling to the troubled Kashmir region and the northern cities of Mansehra, Balakot and Muzaffarabad where 75,000 people died in an earthquake on Oct. 8, 2005. He spent a week documenting the lives of the survivors, who were still digging out and recovering.

After spending six years in the Middle East, Mr. Kennedy moved to Chadron with his horses in summer 2006 and began teaching at CSC that fall.

"I love it here," he said. "I love the people, the open space and the one traffic light in town. I moved here for those reasons."

In his spare time over the past eight years he has been building his home on a "few acres" split by Little Bordeaux Creek, three miles east of town.

"The second-floor interior is done," he said, "and I am finally getting the ground-floor interior finished. But I have come to learn that building your own home is, and always will be, a never-ending process."