Gloria Penner Snyder

Leading the Way for Women

Gloria Penner Snyder has been called the dean of local television interviewers. I am proud to say she has earned that title during the nearly 25 years she has spent at KPBS Television on the campus of San Diego State University.

As a public figure hosting and reporting for numerous KPBS series and specials over the years - from "Gloria Penner in Conversation." to "Ballot" to "San Diego Dimensions" - Ms. Snyder has established herself as a journalist of merit in the San Diego broadcasting community. Specializing in local public affairs, Gloria's programs about San Diego government and issues have continually provided viewers with in-depth knowledge about the city and county.

Yet her behind-the-scenes accomplishments rival her on-air success. As KPBS Television's director of programs production, Gloria has been responsible for the production of all programs produced for broadcast by KPBS.

Since joining KPBS in 1969, she has won numerous awards including seven local Emmys and five Golden Mike Awards from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California. She has been honored by California Women in Government with a "Tribute to the Decade of Women Award" for outstanding leadership in media. She has also been named a "Woman of Distinction" by the La Jolla Soroptimist Club.

Her community activities have ranged from serving as a chair of the Mayor's Committee for United Nations Week to serving as commissioner of the San Diego County Commission on Children and Youth. Her commitment to addressing the issues of San Diego youth is apparent in the many award-winning programs KPBS has produced on the subject, including "Incest: The Broken Silence," "Before It's Too late," and "Victims at Birth."

Her many broadcast accomplishments and her service to San Diego make her a deserving recipient of the Living Legacy award. I am pleased and proud to pay tribute to Gloria as this well-earned award is an honor to KPBS and the University as Well.

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