Bill Kuykendall, former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and educator, retired from the University of Maine in September 2013, where he had served as Senior Lecturer in New Media and Cooperating Professor of Communication and Journalism. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Libra Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of New Media at the University of Maine. During spring of 2009, he served as Shott Professor of Journalism at the P. I. Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University. Kuykendall holds an MA in Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Zoology from West Virginia University. Before joining UMaine, he taught photojournalism and newspaper management and directed the annual Pictures of the Year contest and Missouri Photo Workshop at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. He helped found and lead photojournalism workshops in Bulgaria in 1991 and in Bulgaria and Hungary in 1992 and was a faculty member on the University of Miami Somosfoto Workshop for South American photojournalists in Quito, Ecuador in 2005.
His professional work includes stints as photo director of the Seattle Times, freelance photographer, consultant, editor of News Photographer Magazine, and print and multimedia designer. He is a recipient of the Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year award and Robin F. Garland Teacher of the Year awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the Gold Quill award from the International Association of Business Communicators. He continues to do documentary photography on a variety of topics and has conducted new media workshops in Maine and West Virginia