New reporter is joining News staff

HARTINGTON —  Jacob Snyder, 25, has joined the Cedar County News and Northeast Nebraska News Company as a reporter.
Snyder is a 2012 University of Nebraska, Omaha, graduate. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism Aug. 10.
He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1986, and is the second of three children. He moved with his family to Carroll, Iowa, in 1990.
Snyder and his  two sisters then attended Carroll Kuemper Catholic School for first through 12th grade.

Snyder started his college career at Des Moines Area Community College where he earned an Associate of Arts degree. He then went on to finish his collegiate studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in religion.
“I love journalism, but journalism has not always been an interest of mine. I have considered becoming a doctor, therapist, or starting a non-profit organization. At one point, I was even preparing for seminary, but realized God was not calling me to that life,” he said.
He discovered in college that he enjoyed writing about people.
“What drew me to the journalism field is that I will be able to write about current events and inform people about what is going on where they live,” he said. “Also, I will learn a little bit about everything from government and politics to information about local businesses.”
Snyder will cover the Hartington City Council, School Board and Cedar County Commission. These beats are currently being covered by long-time News reporter Deanna Anderson. Anderson will now shift her focus to southern Cedar County, covering city government and school board in Laurel.
Snyder said he was nervous about moving to Hartington at first, but area residents have made his transition from Omaha to a small town an easy one.
“After visiting a few times and meeting some of the people prior to moving in, I realized it is going to be great here,” he said.