Irene is an Emmy-award winning reporter who joined the FOX10 news team in September 2020. She is very excited to be reporting out here in the desert!
Irene last worked as a reporter at WFMZ-TV in the Allentown/Berks County/Philadelphia area. There she covered several national stories including the search for a missing Amish teenager, and the controversy surrounding an Allentown police officer videotaped kneeling on a man’s head, as well as the Black Lives Matter protests that followed.
Some of her favorite stories at the station included interviewing a 98-year-old Girl Scout, and traveling to New York City to witness a WWII veteran receive a Legion of Honor Award. Irene received a Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for that story.
In September 2020, Irene also received an Emmy award for telling the story of Doris the "Unknown Angel," who inspires tragedy victims to never lose hope.
Prior to WFMZ, Irene worked as a multimedia journalist/digital media producer at Lancaster Online, where she anchored news updates, wrote/shot/edited online stories, produced podcasts, and hosted online shows. One of her favorite shows, which she started up herself, called "Shout Out Lancaster" allowed Irene the opportunity to highlight service work in the community.
Irene grew up in Lancaster County, PA, where most of her family still lives. She graduated summa cum laude from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Sociology/Anthropology. While still in school, she received a first-place award in the Society of Collegiate Journalists’ feature news package competition, and was also recognized by the college with multiple awards including the Communications Excellence Award, Points of Distinction Award, and two Distinguished Student Awards. In February of 2019, her research was published in the academic journal, Journalism.
In her spare time, Irene loves to sing, as well as play piano and the ukulele. She enjoys performing at fundraisers in the community, and in 2019 she sang the national anthem for the Lancaster Barnstormers. Irene also enjoys reading (anything by Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling or Charlotte Bronte) kayaking, hiking, and spending time with family. Irene is Greek Orthodox and loves making Greek food/pastries (OPA!).
With the understanding that each person has a story to share and lives to touch, Irene wants to learn as many of these stories as possible. Share your story with her at Irene.email@example.com!
The latest from Irene Snyder
Taylor Swift surprises fan with concert tickets after she visited her at the Arizona Burn Center 5 years ago
An Arizona teenager was surprised with tickets to Taylor Swift's concert five years after she was injured in a burn accident and the star visited her at the hospital. “She remembered me, her team remembered me. The most crazy part was that she actually remembers."
Arizona governor signs executive order banning hair discrimination
Both Tempe and Tucson have passed similar hair discrimination bans, but the executive order will make the discrimination illegal statewide.
A look at stormy weather destruction around Arizona
With all the rain Arizona's been getting this year also comes the destruction from such weather, like wind, flooding, hail and rock slides. We're taking a look at the most recent impacts on communities as well as drought levels.
Spring training: Many people from colder climates grateful for dry, warm Arizona weather
Erica Good and her college journalism group flew to Arizona for spring training. A few weeks back, they were a bit concerned when they saw how cold and wet it was.
MCSO deputies meet with people on the Autism spectrum as part of awareness training
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spent the morning of Mar. 10 doing training in Autism awareness, with a goal for deputies and people on the Autism spectrum to better understand one another, as well as allowing deputies to learn how to safely de-escalate situations involving those on the spectrum.
Arizona man indicted, accused of trying to sell tiger cub on social media
Phoenix Police say 25-year-old Carlos Alcaraz was arrested after officers negotiated the sale of the animal before serving a search warrant at a home near 27th Avenue and Baseline Road.
Tempe City Council votes to rename places named after KKK members: Here's what you should know
A number of streets and parks in Tempe will be renamed to remove references to KKK members, if council members in the East Valley city approve the change. Here's what you should know about the plan.
Break-in suspect found stuck in the ceiling of North Phoenix business: police
The man, according to officials, was found during the early morning hours of Mar. 3, with his legs dangling from the roof of a business in North Phoenix. "He didn't really think it through," said a witness.
Major Arizona storm: 'Enormous' amounts of snow, damaging winds, power outages
This latest winter storm to hit Arizona has had massive impacts. Arizona residents and first responder agencies from all over are reporting "enormous" amounts of snow, major highways being closed, damaging winds knocking down trees and signs, and thousands being without power.
Late Arizona teacher had an M&M style casket for her funeral
A late Arizona woman is being remembered, after a viral TikTok video that shows a rather unconventional casket choice for her funeral.