Jonathon Gruenke is a freelance photographer based in Durham, North Carolina. For nearly a decade he was a staff photographer for the Daily Press in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. He has worked previously for the Kalamazoo Gazette and the Saginaw News. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a major in Journalism and a major in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts.
Gruenke was named Virginia Photographer of the Year by Virginia News Photographers Association in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition, his photographs have won numerous Virginia Press Association, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Michigan Press Photographers Association, Michigan Press Association and Associated Press awards.