Kim Komenich won the Pulitzer Prize - the highest honor bestowed in the newspaper industry - in 1987 for photojournalism as a San Francisco Examiner photographer covering the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines.
The 1974 Manteca High graduate also won the 1983 World Press Photo Award, two National Headliner Awards in 1983 and 1988 for news photographs, the 1987 Distinguished Service in News Photography Award presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as many other local and regional awards.
After graduating with an emphasis in photojournalism in 1979 from San Jose State University, Kim went to work for the Manteca Bulletin as staff photographer. From 1978 to 1982 he worked for the Contra Costa Times before switching to his current job in 1982 as staff photographer for the San Francisco Examiner.
He has covered stories extensively in the Philippines, El Salvador, Guyana, and the Soviet Union.
Kim has served as a documentary photography instructor at the San Francisco Academy of Art from 1987 to the present.