Gloria Penner Snyder was born April 17, 1931, in Brooklyn, NY, and passed away on October 6, 2012, in San Diego, CA. While Gloria Penner Snyder will best be remembered for her 43 years in San Diego public broadcasting, her career as "Gloria Penner" spanned the country from Washington, DC, to Hawaii, and included nationally recognized work in journalism. At KPBS she was deeply involved in the content of all the programs she hosted or appeared on, such as San Diego Week, These Days, Editors Roundtable and Midday Roundtable on radio, and San Diego Dimensions, Ballot, Gloria Penner in Conversation and Full Focus on TV, as well as all the documentaries, specials and other programming she produced or contributed to. During her memorable career, Gloria focused on bringing information to San Diego about all things political or of special interest to the community.
Along with seven Emmys, five Golden Mikes, and two Gracies, Gloria received awards and honors from the California Teachers Association, California Women in Government, the Society for Professional Journalists
, and the San Diego Bar Association, among many others. She also served as president of both Charter 100 and the San Diego Press Club, which gave her its Harold Keen Award for Excellence in Journalism. She was recognized as a Living Legacy by the Women's International Center, and was installed in the KPBS Hall of Fame in 2011.
Born Elaine Gloria Stern, she grew up as the only child of a single, strong mother, Ethel Gold Stern, who recently died at 102. Gloria was the first in her family to attend college, earning her bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, which later recognized her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She did graduate work in English at New York University
and earned her Master's Degree in English from Syracuse University.
She is survived by her husband, William Snyder, with whom she lived in La Jolla; two grown sons, Steve and Brad (Dyana); and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be announced at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks donations be sent to the