ASHLAND Aaron Snyder, sports/managing editor of The Daily Independent, has been promoted to editor of the newspaper. He succeeds Glenn Puit, who resigned in late September to join the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Snyder, 33, is a native of Ashland. He will also serve as a group editor for The Daily Independent’s sister papers in Morehead, Grayson, Olive Hill and Greenup.
Snyder’s promotion was announced by Publisher Patricia Bennett.
“Aaron has done a great job as sports/managing editor and it is fitting he move on to our top-level position in the newsroom,” said Bennett. “He will advance what is already an outstanding local news organization in print and online.”
Snyder said he first interacted with The Daily Independent as a youth when he joined his grandmother in solving the paper’s Jumble puzzle feature.
“I have cared about this paper ever since,” he said. “People in this position before me further instilled in me a passion for making this paper great. My professional decisions are determined by how I can best benefit this newspaper.”
He said his goal is to help make the newspaper the go-to source for print and online news in northeastern Kentucky through complete and balanced coverage and a vigorous opinion page with diverse voices.
Snyder is a 2007 broadcast journalism graduate of the University of Kentucky. He started his professional career as a part-timer at WSAZ in Huntington and at The Daily Independent as a sports reporter.
Snyder has won numerous awards from the Kentucky Press Association. He was named “Sports Writer of the Year” by The Daily Independent’s parent company, CNHI, in 2013 and 2014.
“I could not have pursued the opportunity to achieve the goal of becoming editor at The Daily Independent without the unyielding support of all of my family,” Snyder said. “My wife (Kayla) and kids (Tinsley and Brevin) have been extremely patient and understanding.”
A member of Summit Church of the Nazarene, Snyder teaches a Life Group class and plays bass guitar in the church band. He also coaches his son’s teams in soccer, basketball and baseball.
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