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Journalism Department Alumna Wins Pulitzer

Susan Snyder ’85 is a member of the investigative reporting team at the Philadelphia Inquirer, which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Snyder, an education writer, reported and wrote some of the stories in the series on violence in the Philadelphia public schools.

Pat Heilman was Snyder’s news reporting professor in Spring 1984 and recalls Snyder’s reporting: “Susan was a thorough reporter and researcher even then. Her three-part series on what ever happened to civil defense, which she produced for that class, was later printed in the Indiana Gazette.”

One year ago—April 4, 2011, to be exact—Heilman predicted that the investigative series would win the Pulitzer.

“I forwarded that e-mail to Susan last night, along with my congratulations,” Heilman said. “The 2011 e-mail read: ’I smell Pulitzer.’”

Snyder was also the subject of one of Heilman’s interviews on contemporary Pennsylvania women journalists during her Fall 2010 sabbatical, and Heilman included the interview with Snyder, along with samples of her reportage, on the online website for the course.

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