Kate was raised in Bangor, Maine by a family led by working parents. The family moved to the eastern part of New York when Kate was still just a 6 month old baby. Her father worked as an English teacher and Anthropology professor. Her mother was also a teacher but she was in creative field of dancing. Young Kate had an interest in dancing too, but her interests slowly changed as she grew up. She loved the fact that her parents’ jobs gave her a balance of intellect and artistic expression. Her father taught her a lot about the world while her mother taught about what it took to express herself in the best way possible.
Kate Snow studied at New York’s Preston High School, where she also was a cheerleader. Cheerleading came natural to her because of her mom’s genetics. In 1991, she graduated from Cornell University, where she studied and majored in Communications. In 2002, she obtained a degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Kate Snow obtained her first experience of working as a reporter on TV when she was employed by the KOAT-TV channel station from 1995 to 1998. Before she got her big break on TV, she worked for the NBC and NPR radio stations. In 2002, she continued her career as a reporter at the WVRB channel. She also worked for CCN in a period between 1998 and 2003.
In 2003, she joined ABC where she worked as a reporter from the White House for the “Good Morning America” program. After a while, she became a co-host for the show on weekends. “Good Morning America” brought her fame and attention. Her dedication and commitment allowed her to interview a large number of American and world leaders including Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and even such different personalities like Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr and the leader of Amazon, Jeff Bezos.
She worked as the co-anchor for “Good Morning America Weekend” until 2010. In 2010, she was offered to a spot to become a correspondent for the Dateline NBC program. She agreed to work for the NBC News and was able to enjoy a higher position and an increase in her salary. She got to take charge of this talk show where she has had discussions with various figures from media, sports, and politics.
Since 2011, Kate Snow has worked as a news anchor for “The Today Show”, a news morning TV show broadcasted by NBC. In a period between 2011 and 2013, she was a reporter at the “Rock Center with Brian Williams”. Since 2013, she has worked as a national correspondent at NBC News. In 2015, she started to work as a Sunday anchor for “NBC Nightly News” and as an anchor for “MSNBC Live.”
Battle with President Donald Trump
When President Donald Trump engaged in a Twitter war with Senator Bob Corker, Kate Snow took the opportunity to offer her opinion about Donald Trump’s disdain for political media, “We are still doing the same job that we have always done. We cover the White House the way we always cover the White House. But we have never had a president who tweets like this. Then you have the other thing, which is that he obviously doesn’t like us very much. He calls us fake news all the time. Equating all of us, at NBC and The New York Times and all the networks, with the fake news is really dangerous for the country. Because there is a difference, and hopefully most Americans appreciate that there is a difference between journalism and made up stories.
Kate was very candid when describing her concerns with how Donald Trump conducts himself with media. She understands that social media has changed the relationship with the president and reporters on two fronts. First, the volume of news has increased because the news cycle is now so rapid due to the internet. Second, social media has really opened up the president and given the public direct access to him. Even though Obama had a Twitter account, it was during a time when the internet wasn’t so available as it is today. As each day passes, more and more people are able to get internet access. Now, a poor person living in the South can get on Twitter and raise their digital hand in support for Trump. That’s what makes the full access dangerous for the country. When you have a president like Donald Trump spewing nonsense, it can really influence the country in a negative way.
Snow hopes that the general public can tell the difference between fake news and real legitimate news that she presents. She thinks it isn’t wise for Donald Trump to lump everyone that opposes him as fake news. It sets a bad precedent because the people that are easily fooled will follow in his footsteps. She wants to make sure that she does all she can to inform the public with real information so that they can make decisions based on real data and not opinions that are influenced with an agenda.
Champion of Female Causes
Kate thinks that women are finally getting deserved attention when it comes to their fight with sexual harassment.
WWD asked about what she thinks about the recent sexual harassment allegations that has been occurring in major news stories, “I think we’ve had quite a few watershed moments. I think the Bill Cosby case was a moment. I think Anita Hill was a moment. There were a lot of moments when we thought that everything was going to change. I am hopeful that this is the moment where women who have true stories to tell are able to feel empowered to come forward. At the age of 48, I have had a pretty good run, in terms of being treated as an equal and I certainly don’t have stories like some of the women have who are accusing Bill O’Reilly and others. But I think every woman in this room has experienced some level of, maybe not harassment, but discrimination, sexism, misogyny.
Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020