The Path to Authenticity
The Path to Authenticity
79. Journalism Teacher John Snyder


A Few Positive Words  

Episode 79 of The Path to Authenticity features retired high school journalism teacher John Snyder. In the first 45 minutes of the episode, he discusses his life and career. The remainder of the episode focuses more on issues around journalism in modern America.

If you like this episode, you might enjoy episodes 12, 14, 85, and 90.

Snyder taught in high schools in central Indiana for 38 years. He spent most of those years teaching at schools in the city of Kokomo. At Kokomo High School, Snyder functioned as the faculty adviser for the Red & Blue, the publication where host Tom Gentry served on the editorial staff from 1989 to 1991.

Born in LaPorte, Indiana, Snyder graduated from LaPorte High School in 1970, Ball State University in 1974, and with a Masters in Education from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 1979. He began his teaching career at Arlington High School, In Indianapolis, in 1974, and retired from Kokomo High School in 2012. For 10 years, he taught summer workshops for high schoolers in photography and sports writing at Indiana University-Bloomington. He also interned at the  city’s daily newspaper, the Kokomo Tribune. Snyder and his wife, Deb, have been married for 46 years and have two sons, Jason, an elementary-school principal, and Bryan, a project engineer for Caterpillar, Inc.

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The Path to Authenticity is a podcast for people looking for more from life. It focuses on emotional wellness and starts from the premise that our true power comes from our individuality. We talk to various types of writers and artists as well as therapists, coaches, teachers, entrepreneurs, and professionals of all kinds. Our guests possess one common trait. They’re people who know who they are.  We talk about what makes them who they are, how they became who they are, and how we might become truer expressions of who we are.