Susan Snyder is an education and investigative reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer where she has reported extensively on violence in the lives of children. She co-led a team of reporters who produced the seven-part series about violence in the Philadelphia School District, "Assault on Learning", which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for the Inquirer. For 10 years, she was the Inquirer’s lead reporter assigned to cover the Philadelphia School District, which has undergone a state takeover and extensive experimentation in school privatization. Her coverage has included a mix of breaking news, trends, feature articles and series, and spanned the district's role as both a political entity in the city and a window into urban education in America. In 2005 she spent six months reporting "Writing for Their Lives", a series documenting how a single eighth grade class dealt with violence in their own families and communities, which won a National Headliners Award.
She has been the Inquirer’s higher education reporter since 2012 and also was in that role from 2008 to 2010. She covers the region’s 80 colleges and universities. Prior to working at the Inquirer, she lived in Allentown, her hometown, and worked at The Morning Call for nine years.