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Snedden Chair

C.W. Snedden at the printing press


Through a generous donation to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Helen Snedden endowed a chair of journalism in her husband's name. Charles Willis "Bill" Snedden knew a good story when he saw one and built his life and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner around telling them. He came to Fairbanks in 1948 to evaluate the News-Miner for then-owner Cap Lathrop. Snedden liked what he saw about the potential of the newspaper and this community. Two years later, he bought the Interior daily.

Bill Snedden died in 1989, but his legacy continues six decades and thousands of editions of the News-Miner later.

Several years ago, the late publisher's wife, Helen Snedden, reflected on how her husband would take young reporters and editors and show them the value of a well-told story, or take them to task for a poorly written one. She resolved to continue Bill's legacy as an educator and set up the Snedden Endowed Chair of Journalism at UAF.

The roster of past Snedden Chairs includes some of the most accomplished reporters in the country including 11 Pulitzer Prize winning journalists. It is the greatest gift given to this department and an even better opportunity for students.

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Current News: 2012-2013 Snedden Chair

Lew Simons

Lewis M. Simons has been a foreign correspondent since 1967, reporting from Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia; India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran; China, Japan, North and South Korea, and the former Soviet Union. He wrote for the Associated Press, the Washington Post, and Knight-Ridder Newspapers and won the Pulitzer Prize for exposing the Marcos family's hidden billions. Author of Worth Dying For, he is a regular contributor to National Geographic and his op-ed articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.