Profile: Robert Snyder

Department of Arts, Culture and Media, Global Urban Studies/Urban Systems Ph.D.

Robert W. Snyder is an associate professor of journalism and media studies. An author, journalist and historian, he has contributed to scholarly anthologies and written for newspapers and national magazines. He is the author of The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York, and Transit Talk: New York's Bus and Subway Workers Tell Their Stories; the co-author of Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York, which won the Barr Prize of the College Art Association; and the co-editor of nine volumes in media studies. Snyder has worked in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and multimedia to present history to a broad public. He wrote, produced and directed the documentary short City Kids Meet Ashcan Art, which won a Gold Apple from the National Educational Media Network. He was a consultant and interview source for Tom Lennon's documentary series The Irish in America: Long Journey Home. He directed the research for Ric Burns' film New York and served as a consultant and interview source for the Sonic Memorial project on September 11 and the World Trade Center, which won the Peabody Award. He was a consultant and interview source for PBS History Detectives. Most recently, he appeared as an interview source in the documentary Kong's New York, 1933, which accompanied the 2005 release of Peter Jackson's film, King Kong. Formerly the editor of Media Studies Journal, he also worked at Newsday, the journalism review More, the Tarrytown Daily News and Channel 13/WNET, the public television station of New York City.