Sara Snider started her life with a dream – to one day become a recognized journalist. That dream stayed with her through the angst of teenage years and the late-night studying in college. Today, through years of working across local news television and honing her craft, she is one of CNN’s celebrated journalists.
It has been an incredible journey for the American journalist. Not only has she covered some of the important stories in modern history, but she has also earned respect and recognition of her peers for it through awards and accolades. And all of it may not have happened, had she walked in the path of her other talent – volleyball.
From the Volleyball Court to the Reporter’s Microphone: Sara Snider’s Early Life
Born on March 31, 1972, Sara Snider is a native of Miami Lakes, Florida. She grew up under both parents, a British mother, and an African-American father. We don’t know if she has siblings, but Sara did appear to have a normal childhood, recording all the critical milestones.
Sara attended Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School, after which she enrolled at the University of Florida. At the UoF, she majored in telecommunication. In another life, Sara Snider could have become a professional sports player. She was a part of the university’s women volleyball team. As a team member, she helped the team reach the Final Four during her senior year.
However, in this life, Sara had a strong passion for journalism. So, after her university days came to an end, she changed her shorts for a microphone and began life as a reporter.
Before CNN, Sara Snider Made Her Name on Local News Television
Right after college, Sara Snider worked as a reporter for WUFT-TV based in Gainesville, Florida. Having garnered first-hand experience and exposure in the broadcasting house, she moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to work with KFVS-TV. She also worked with Fort Myers’ WINK-TV before moving to Dallas, Texas, to work in KDFW-TV as a consumer reporter/anchor.
She was at KDFW-TV for three years. Working for the Dallas-based local television made a significant impact in her life as it brought out the best in her as a reporter. All through the three years of service at KDFW-TV, Sara distinguished herself through hard work and dedication to her job. One of the notable reports she made that brought her to the limelight was the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
In January 2004, she moved to Columbia and worked as a weekday reporter for KTVU Channel 2 News at 6. She also worked as a weekend co-anchor for The Ten O’clock News. Despite the less prestigious nature of local news television, Sara Snider’s work found recognition by her peers.
The Floridan received multiple awards as a local reporter, such as an Edward R. Murrow Award and numerous Telly Awards. She also won a regional Emmy Award, all before CNN came calling in 2007.
Becoming an Internationally Recognized Journalist with CNN
Sara Snider joined the big leagues in 2007 when she joined CNN as its international correspondent. Based in the network’s Los Angeles bureau, she served in Jerusalem, New Delhi, and Abu Dhabi. While there, Sara covered several controversial subjects ranging from social and cultural issues to business and even terrorism.
This made her travel around the world. She has been to Afghanistan, Libya, Nepal, Cambodia, Taiwan, Pakistan, Thailand, Egypt, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. For being part of CNN’s coverage of the Arab Spring in the Middle East, her team won the Peabody award. Also, for covering the Libyan war, the UK-based SKY WFTV Women in Film & Television awarded her the Achievement of the Year award.
Between 2011 and 2014, Sara Snider received multiple awards for her courageous works in most war disturbed places around the world. She received two Asian TV Award for exposing the dangers faced by Bangladesh young beggars and for reporting on the so-called “Operation Hope.”
Two Alliance for Women in Media Gracie Awards was also given to Sarah Snider in 2013 for her coverage of the concerned Gaza-Israel conflict that began in 2012. Despite being in the face of danger as a reporter, Sara remains committed to her job.
I could feel #GeorgeFloyd’s family’s severing pain through my earbuds after accidentally becoming the conduit between the family and The Minneapolis Police Chief just now. It was their first conversation ever . I just hope, no I pray, I did it justice. https://t.co/SI3lkDnKhf
— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) June 1, 2020
Back in the US, Sara Snider covered the Ferguson riots following the death of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer. She also covered the 2020 Minneapolis riots that broke out after police killed George Floyd.
Sara’s CNN Career Has Brought Her Financial Success Too
Sara has enjoyed tremendous growth in her career profile since she joined CNN in 2007. Not only has she become an internationally recognized name, but she has also won international awards, adding to her collection of local accolades.
Materially, the career move has also made her rich. According to various reports, the journalist has a net worth of $3 million. Her wealth comes from an estimated salary that ranges from $88,000 to $187,000. By earning the top bucks for more than a decade, she has been able to amass a substantial net worth to go along with her journalistic achievements.
What We Know About Sara Snider’s Personal Life
Despite the hectic nature of her career that often keeps her away from her home, the gorgeous journalist still manages to keep a loving family. Outside her parents who we don’t know much about, Sara has a husband whose identity she is yet to reveal to the public.
At a talk show in March 2015, she not only spoke about her marital life but also disclosed how her profession greatly affected her marital life. She revealed that her wedding plans were done while she was still in Africa, covering the Libyan crisis. Sara Snider may be a very vocal person but not so with her personal life. She prefers the world to know only about her professional life and nothing more.
— John T. Linn (@johntlinn) July 21, 2017
Outside of her love life, we also know that Sara Snider loves animals. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and writing, three passions she gets to enjoy as a journalist.