Stephenson, a 1992 WKU graduate, worked on a four-year project, "A New Dawn?", following a young mother addicted to pain pills through a local Drug Court Program. His multimedia piece for this series was awarded the Best Multimedia Project in the 65th POYi competition. A story about a Garrard County tobacco cutting competition was awarded First Place Multimedia News Story by POYi in 2010.
In 2005, David created heraldleaderphoto.com, a place for staff photographers to publish multimedia and slideshows. The site won a Media Eclipse Award for 2007 Kentucky Derby Coverage online. He also created a site specifically for one of his favorite series of stories on oddly name towns in Kentucky, Project Dateline. David led the staff's charge into multimedia and has produced videos and multimedia projects which have won awards in the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, POYi, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, and The Southern Short Course.
In addition to advising at the Kentucky Kernel, David has entered the freelance market as a photographer and multimedia journalist serving Lexington, Kentucky, and just about anywhere else. He specializes in news, editorial, equine and sports photography.