William D. Wade has worked in Pittsburgh since 1984, when he came to the city to work at The Pittsburgh Press newspaper and also worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was awarded a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship in 1989. Among his journalistic awards, he has been named Pennsylvania Press Photographer of the Year three times and nominated four times for the Pulitzer.
He has a B.F.A. in Photo-Communications from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and teaches documentary photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Wade served as president of the board of Silver Eye Center for Photography, one of the important non-profit photography centers in the U.S., being on the board from 1987 to 1997.
Some important solo exhibitions include: Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA; Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Silver Eye Center for Photography; Carnegie Museum of Art, House of Photography in Prague; and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.