Kansas City Star Magazine
Mar 22, 2024
Tom Strongman
Kansas City Star Magazine

 A Visual Journey

I will describe the arc of my career from staff photographer to director of photography, freelance photographer/writer and current status as a hobbyist still engaged in making pictures of landscape, wildlife, automobiles and people.

Retired from the Kansas City Star in 2015.

Staff photographer, 1979

Director of Photography 1982-1991

Automotive Editor 1991-2002

Freelance automotive editor 2002-2015

I graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1966. Worked for newspapers in Missouri and Colorado before joining the Kansas City Star in 1979.  I held various positions at the Star, including Director of Photography, until 1991 when I became the automotive editor. I left the paper in 2002 to be self-employed but continued to supply stories and photographs to the paper until 2015. In 2016 I was inducted into the Missouri Press Assn. Photojournalism Hall of Fame. I am a past president of the National Press Photographers Association.

Married to Susan, with two children and five grandchildren (children still live locally). We live in Leawood.