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Riley Snyder

Contributor And Media Partner

Riley has been with The Nevada Independent since its launch in 2017. He was the reporter and researcher for Nevada PolitiFact during the 2016 campaign season. Prior to that, he was a legislative reporter for the Associated Press. Riley's byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Las Vegas Sun and the Reno Gazette-Journal. He's also done freelance work for Reuters, The Washington Post, Reno Magazine and Reno News & Review.

In 2014, the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) journalism school named Riley its Business Journalism Student of the Year. He graduated from UNR. He was also editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, the Ponderosa Paw Print.

In 2019, the Nevada Press Association declared Riley the Journalist of Merit in Nevada, a prestigious award for young reporters who have been working professionally for fewer than five years. Riley and Nevada Independent reporter Daniel Rothberg also won first place in the Business Spot News category in 2018 for their story on NV Energy's plans for an ambitious renewable energy ramp up amid a push to deregulate the market.

Born and raised in northern California, he has two younger brothers, one who plays D1 college basketball at Western Illinois and one who is in the U.S. Navy. Riley's hobbies include cooking, reading and binge-watching Netflix.