Ken Maldonado was born in The Bronx, NY and grew up throughout New York City having lived in Greenpoint, Harlem, Hunts Point, Corona, and Fresh Meadows.
He studied under renowned photographer Jules Allen at Queensborough Community College where he received his AA in Photography and would later work as a Teaching Assistant while earning his BA in English with a minor in Journalism at York College.
In 2003 Ken bicycled across the United States and in 2006 participated in the Great Divide Race, the longest independent mountain bike race in the world. He holds an FAA Private Pilot Certificate and regularly flies his Piper Archer.
After graduating in 2007 Ken moved to Milwaukee, WI to begin his professional career working as a staff photographer for a local culture magazine focused on nightlife. In 2008 he returned to New York City and served as a freelancer for various publications. In 2010 he became a contract photographer at The Wall Street Journal and in 2014 served as photo editor and chief photographer at the Times-Ledger, a weekly newspaper covering the borough of Queens.
In 2016 Ken left New York relocating to New Orleans, LA.
Ken is presently available for freelance assignment across the U.S. covering stories for the Wall Street Journal, NY Post, NY Daily News and the Daily Mail.