Stephen Snyder

Stephen Snyder

Senior Radio Producer
Peabody Award-winning radio producer Stephen Snyder joined The World staff in 1998. Then the president was in the middle of impeachment and launched cruise missiles into Sudan to try to destroy Al Qaeda. India and Pakistan seemed to be on the brink of a nuclear war. The world economy was on a boom that seemed to be benefiting only the wealthy. 
Then, as now, Snyder's job was to help The World make the news beyond our borders understandable, interesting. Now, as then, he writes the daily 30-second radio ads that preview stories coming up on The World.  Sometimes he helps write and produce the stories themselves.
Snyder also helps public radio stations — maybe yours — to make The World a successful part of their broadcast day. He writes the short fundraising messages that you may hear anchor Marco Werman read on the air during public radio pledge drives. Several times a month he directs the radio program, and gets to drive our roller coaster of an hour through reports, interviews, host intros and musical bridges, all the while watching the clock to make sure we don't collide with a newscast or a station break.  
Before joining The World he was senior producer of public radio’s “Sound & Spirit."  From 1989-1995 he produced the Peabody Award-winning children’s news program “Kid Company” on WBZ in Boston. Before that he was a professional musician. He still makes music.


Recent Stories

Human rights

Sister of imprisoned Saudi aid worker: 'They are already calling me a terrorist'

A court in Saudi Arabia upheld a 20-year prison term imposed on Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, a Saudi aid worker who had criticized the government on Twitter, drawing a rare public rebuke from the US in another sign of tension between the Biden administration and the kingdom. Abdulrahman al-Sadhan's sister Areej al-Sadhan, a dual Saudi-US citizen, talked to The World's host Marco Werman about the situation.


The only known photos from Hiroshima taken on Aug. 6, 1945

Yoshito Matsushige took the only known photographs of Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city during World War II. Nearly half a century later, Matsushige told his story to Max McCoy, a reporter visiting Hiroshima from Kansas. McCoy speaks with The World's host Marco Werman about the photographer who captured the devastation on film that day.


Anti-Asian hate crimes on the rise

The Asian American Pacific Islander community has a website where people can report hate crimes in more than 10 Asian languages. Russell Jeung, co-founder of, tells host Marco Werman about the increase of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US during the pandemic, and what steps his organization is taking to document them.