Amanda Snyder

Seattle, WA


Hailing from the Midwest, I grew up in a pile of snow that is Minnesota. After dabbling in different fields of journalism, I combined my love for photography and my ambition to tell impactful stories, and studied photojournalism at the University of Minnesota.

I have a nomadic heart and have traveled around the world photographing my adventures. From the islands of New Zealand, to the ancient city of Rome, to tramping around the European continent, I love to discover new places and be with people who want to do the same. When I'm not on my feet or in a car, I spend my free time in the mountains or reading books.

Previously, I have photographed for Minnesota Public Radio, Star Tribune and CBS Radio. I was also formerly the Multimedia Editor for the Minnesota Daily. My work has been featured in previously mentioned outlets as well as Associated Press, FOXSports, Pioneer Press, Forum of Fargo Moorhead, USA Today and New America Media.  

Currently, I'm a photographer and assistant photo editor at The Seattle Times.  I'm also a FAA certified drone pilot. 



· Eddie Adams Workshop XXXII

· First Place in the National Headliners Awards contest for Journalistic Innovation, 2018

· College Photographer ofthe Year, 2014, Minnesota News Photographers Association

· First place spot news, 2014 MNPA college contest

· First place feature, 2014 MNPA college contest

· First place portrait, 2014 MNPA college contest

· Second place sports action, 2014 MNPA college contest

· DuPont-Columbiaaward 2013, MPR News for “Betrayed by Silence”- investigation on the TwinCities Catholic Church

· Hearst photojournalism nominee 2013-2014, University of Minnesota

· Deans List 2011-2014



  Staff Photographer | December 2019 –Current

·Photograph a wide range of assignments including features, sports, portraitsand breaking news
·Generate ideas for stories and photo features
·Write and report short and extended copy to accompany photos
·Use social media channels for storytelling and breaking news
·Report, produce, write and photograph long-form photo essays and special projects
·Communicate across departments to maintain a high standard of visualcommunication

Photo & Video Specialist | August 2017 –Current

·Select and edit photos on deadline for daily print sections, online and socialmedia platforms
·Work with page designers and editors on photo placement for print publication
·Produce and direct hour-long Facebook live broadcasts and discussions in thenewsroom
·Coordinate the flow of breaking news to various digital platforms and printeditions
·Advance new forms of digital storytelling with an eye to user engagement
·Train newsroom colleagues in the techniques and tools of digital journalism 


Digital Content Producer | January 2015 – Present

· Produce & edit creative videos for the CBS Radio Seattle cluster (KFNQ, KZOK, KMPS, and KJAQ.) Tasks include making and overseeing video production for radio events, blogs, concerts, sports and sponsors.
· Providing content and reporting local news, public interest stories, and local sports coverage of the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders for CBS Local website.
· Help manage the formatting and layout for all station websites. WordPress platforms.


  Multimedia Editor | May 2013 – May 2015

· Manage a staff of eight photographers and videographers. This includes selecting and editing photos for daily publication, working with a team to schedule and complete photo and video assignments and hiring and training photographers and videographers.

   Photography Intern | January 2013 – May 2013

        · Report the news and tell stories with images and video for daily publication. Shoot 8-10 photo  assignments every two weeks with monthly video assignments.


   Photo Assistant | May 2014 – July 2014

· Assist on photo assignments in Rome, Italy forpublications such as Lonely Planet Traveler. Includes setting up lighting andworking with models for set design. Designed marketing strategies for socialmedia platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


   Student Photo Intern | January 2014 – June 2014

· Complete photo assignments around the Minneapolismetro, including sports, portraits and general news for online galleries anddaily publication.


   Student Visuals Intern | September 2013 – January 2014

· Work with the visual news editor on daily photoassignments around the Minneapolis metro. Assist in video production for studiobands with its affiliated radio station The Current.


   Photography Intern | March 2013 – August 2013

· Work with photographers in setting up photoshoots and photographing events for several of its magazines including MinnesotaBride and Minnesota Business. 


University of Minnesota | Twin Cities, MN 

College of Liberal Arts | Journalism, Photography

References available upon request.

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