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 Prize. He has a B.F.A. in Photo-Communications from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio,
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.