Award-winning photographer Billy Weeks’ work is featured in the second floor of Frist Hall this fall. Weeks is serving as an adjunct instructor in the Communication Department this fall, teaching a course in photojournalism.
Weeks worked as a journalist for over 28 years. His career started with the Chattanooga Times in 1984 as a staff photographer. In 1995, he became the Photo Team Leader, and in 1999 until 2010 he was the Director of Photography/
Graphics at The Chattanooga Times Free Press.As a photojournalist, Weeks has covered assignments that range from the World Series to small villages in Central America. “Communication Arts” selected his photographs of poverty in Honduras as an Award of Excellence for editorial photography. Additionally, he was awarded the Gordon Parks International Photography Award in 2011, published in B&W Magazine’s portfolio special issue five times, and has received many acknowledgments for journalism including the Freedom of Information award issued by the Associated Press.
Weeks has also been an adjunct instructor in photojournalism at Southern Adventist University for the last 25 years. He has been a visiting speaker at ma
ny universities, a two-time presenter at the Southern Short Course for photojournalism, and a traveling instructor for Southern Newspapers Association. He also has taught photojournalism workshops for CNN online and the University of Georgia. He believes that not only should journalists cover their assignments, but they should also give something back to their profession.
He lives in Ringgold, Ga., with his wife, two daughters, and a beagle.