Imam Wahyudi began his career as professional journalist in1987. He started as a correspondent for Wawasan Daily Evening, Semarang, and Central Java. He was assigned to Yogyakarta Buerau. At that time, he was still studying at the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. Three years later, he moved to PROSPEK, weekly news magazine which had just published in Jakarta. This newest magazine with a luxurious look is managed by journalists who are mostly ex-Tempo Weekly News Magazine journalists. Imam was assigned as a reporter in the Central Java-Yogyakarta Bureau, based in Semarang. A year later he drew to PROSPEK head office inJakarta. His career continued to rise. He held various positions including Assignment Manager and Business Compartment Editor.
In 1994 he moved to a new platform, television. He joined to Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia (RCTI), the first and leading private TV station in Indonesia. Imam started his career as an Assistant Content Producer for the Law and Crime Desk. He realised that he had no experience in TV journalism. So, instead of sitting behind a desk for editing reporters' scripts, he asked to be assigned to cover the field to learn from the scratch how to cover and report on television. This choice helped him to adjusted and transformed himself from “print media journalist” (text and photo based) to be a television journalist (audio visual based). As a TV journalist Imam was assigned in many important events, especially in conflict issues. Imam has covered many “hot zones” like East Timor, Papua and Aceh. Imam had covered East Timor since this region was still a part of Indonesia.
Imam often covers to Papua, including the abduction of researchers from the Lorenz Expedition (by Kelly Kwalik of Papua Free Movement) and the first Papuan People's Congress in 2000. In Aceh, Imam and his team were the first and the only one journalist who covered the demonstration that led to the tragedy at Simpang Kertas Kraft Asia (Simpang KKA) on 3 May 1999. In Jakarta, Imam is the stand up live reporter who was reported the rally and riots in Semanggi (Semanggi I). In abroad, Imam has covered conflict in the former Yugoslavia. In the editorial structure, Imam held various positions, ranging from the Assignment Desk Coordinator, News Gathering Assistant Manager, Producer, Executive Producer and the Deputy Editor in Chief.
In addition to his role as a journalist, Imam is also an active trainer. He was a one of main trainers in Television Journalism Training (PJTV) in 2000-2003. This institution was held by Internews in cooperation with Indonesia’s University. They provided some training programmes fortelevision journalists from all over Indonesia. Imam has deep involvement in professional television journalist association. He led Indonesia TV Journalist Association (IJTI) from 2006-2012.
In 2006, Imam decided to pick up a new challenge: being a journalist in the cable TV channels. He joined to the “pioneer team” who set up Astro Awani, 24/7 news and information channel that catered on Astro Indonesia. In 2010, Imam set up his own company, Content Creative Indonesia (CCI). This company provides multi platform content, media consultant and training.
In 2013 he was elected as a member of the Press Council (2013-2016). And this early year he was re-elected as a member of the Press Council for the period 2016-2019.