Award-winning journalist Deron Snyder is a former Washington Times columnist and TheRoot.com contributor with more than 25 years of experience, previously serving as a columnist, editorial writer and reporter at several Gannett publications. He has worked at USA Today and been syndicated in Gannett’s 80-plus newspapers, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others.
Deron was promoted to the Editorial Board of The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press in January 2008, changing the focus of his award-winning sports column just in time for the presidential campaign’s final stages. The chairman of the Democratic Club in Lee County said Deron’s op-ed columns “played a huge role” in helping Barack Obama win 44 percent of the vote there – the best showing by a Democratic nominee since FDR. Deron went on to win first-place awards that year for “Serious Column Writing” as well as “Sports Column Writing.” After taking a buyout in July 2009 and returning to Washington, D.C., he served as Communications Director for a candidate running for the Prince George’s (Md.) County Council.
Over the course of his career, Deron has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, BCS Bowls, NCAA hoops tournament, NBA playoffs, NHL playoffs, Kentucky Derby and other premier events. He has appeared on ESPN, ABC, HBO, CNN, CNBC, Fox, MSNBC, PBS, UPN and Canada’s CBC, as well as numerous radio shows, and has won honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Virginia Press Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors, among other organizations. He currently serves as the Senior Communications Specialist for the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (Md.).
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Deron attended Howard University and earned a B.A. degree in Journalism. He lives outside the District with his wife, Vanessa, and their two daughters.
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