Rob Snyder has a long-time connection to Southwest Wisconsin: his great-great-grandparents lived in the Town of Belmont in the 19th century. He is a third-generation broadcaster, and had his first radio show at age 6. His comic strip was published nationally when he was in the second grade and Snyder won a media competition for video in his senior year at high school.
Snyder has a B.S. degree in radio-TV-film from UW-Oshkosh (1982). He was named “outstanding senior” at UW-Oshkosh and served as president of the broadcasting honor society, AERho. In 1980-81, Snyder was an anchor reporter for WOSH-WYLT radio in Oshkosh. He also worked at WBAY-TV in Green Bay as a reporter and photographer. His experience includes time at KVAL-TV in Eugene, Ore., as an anchor, reporter, and producer. Snyder earned his Ph.D. in mass communication from Ohio University in 1989. He has been teaching fulltime since then; before coming to UW-Platteville in 2000, Snyder taught at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Snyder’s publications include articles on video news releases, the Freedom of Information Act, children’s television, visual literacy theory for TV news, cable access television, and use of web portals for college courses.
Snyder is also the architect of the first academic program in social media in the UW System.
His interests away from work include faith, family, the Green Bay Packers, but not always in that order. He has been married to Victoria for 23 years and has two children: Ashley and Alex.