Award-winning photojournalism student selected as student marshal

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- An award-winning student photojournalist will serve as student marshal for the College of Communications at Penn State during summer commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Kelly Tunney, from Brownsville, Pennsylvania, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, visual emphasis. He also completed a degree in English, and added a minor in classics and ancient Mediterranean studies.

An award-winning and talented photojournalist, Tunney worked for The Daily Collegian and completed internships with WPSU and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He also completed a writing internship with the Schreyer Honors College.

Tunney served as a counselor during the College of Communications summer journalism camp for three years and participated in the Keystone Multimedia Workshop, a professional seminar conducted each summer to help journalists across the state of Pennsylvania enhance their storytelling skills with the latest technology. 

Tunney completed this story about musical theatre students for his senior thesis.

Tunney’s compelling images and strong multimedia storytelling skills played a part in the three consecutive national championships earned by Penn State in the Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, often referred to as “the Pulitzers of college journalism.” 

Tunney initially planned to study nanotechnology in college, but found his passion in communications. His photography and storytelling skills shine through in his work -- whether it’s an individual image or a complete, start-to-finish multimedia story that allows him to draw others into stories by sharing often emotional and interesting perspectives.

“What I’ve learned from my classes and faculty members in the College of Communication, and from my experiences at The Daily Collegian and other campus opportunities, have prepared me well for my career,” Tunney said.

Tunney, the son of  Melissa and Glenn Tunney, will be escorted by faculty marshal Curt Chandler during commencement.

Last Updated August 14, 2014