In 2016, Rev. Kenny Irby was appointed as the first Community Intervention Director for the St. Petersburg Police Department along with chairing the city's My Brother's & Sister's Keeper program to the White House by Mayor Rick Kriseman. He is also the program director for Men In the Making.com an innovative role modeling and academic enrichment program for Black and Latino male youth. Irby has many roles in life, he's an independent visual consultant and affiliate at Poynter where he created the internationally recognized Photojournalism program in 1995 and the nationally recognized Write Field, in partnership with the The Tampa Bay Rays, The Tampa Bay Times, Pinellas County Schools, The St. Petersburg Police Department and a group of local partners in 2011. He presently pastors the 122 year-old congregation at Historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Fla. In his journalism role as an educator and consultant, he brings 30+ years of experience focused on building integrity and excellence in the authentic storytelling. His work and contributions have been recognized with distinction: The Sprague Award for lifetime achievement awarded by the NPPA, served as the chair of the jurors' panel for the coveted Pulitzer Prize in the photojournalism categories, is the first recipient of the John Long Ethics Award, Griot Drum Legacy Award by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists and currently serves as a juror for the Hearst Collegiate Journalism Awards in photojournalism and multimedia. He is married to Karen Juanita and they have four adult daughters: Dr. Kimberly, (adopted niece), Rev. Kennetra, Kara, and Kachira.
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