Chris Snider joined Drake University full-time in 2010 after spending three years as an adjunct instructor. Chris teaches classes in web design, social media strategy, multimedia and digital strategy. His research topics include smartphone video and social media. In addition to teaching at Drake, he teaches digital media workshops in Des Moines.
He moved to Des Moines in 2005 to work as editor of Juice magazine, a weekly publication for readers age 25-34. In 2007, he became assistant managing editor for digital and innovation at the Des Moines Register.
At the Register, Chris was a leader in how media companies use social media, live content and mobile. He was named the top digital editor in the Gannett company in 2008, and he was named to Presstime Magazine’s 20 under 40 list the same year.
Prior to moving to Des Moines, Chris worked as a designer and news design director at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for six years. He began his career as a designer at the Baltimore Sun.
Chris is married to Laura Snider, a real estate lawyer in West Des Moines. He has two kids, Henry and Madigan.
Chris is a 1998 graduate of the University of Iowa. He earned his MBA from Drake in May 2013.
He’s involved with the Drake Innovation Studio, which can be found in Meredith Hall room 124C.
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