NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – NBC News anchor and correspondent Kate Snow will be the keynote speaker at Iona College’s graduate commencement ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018, in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Snow is the anchor of “NBC Nightly News” on Sundays and an award-winning senior national correspondent for NBC News. Her reporting appears across all NBC News and MSNBC platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “TODAY,” “Dateline NBC,” and NBC’s Sunday magazine show, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.” From 2015-2017, Snow also anchored a weekday news program on MSNBC, which featured newsmakers and fast-paced political coverage.
Snow's career has embodied Iona College's motto, "Fight the Good Fight," and her reporting has provided insight, made significant impact, and brought needed attention to issues in our country. Her pursuit of knowledge and truth and devotion to integrity, diversity, and freedom of inquiry align with the College’s values. Snow will address the graduate student body this May.
“It’s an honor to welcome Kate Snow as Iona’s commencement speaker," said Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. "With her commitment to reporting the truth and her compassion for the people she reports on, Kate is an example of the type of ethical leader our Iona graduates strive to become.”
Snow will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the commencement ceremony.
In 2016, Snow led an NBC News effort to interview 27 Bill Cosby accusers in one room for a Dateline special that won both Emmy and duPont awards. Her 2015 series about transgender children was called a “phenomenon,” as millions of people watched a video about 5-year-old Jacob that went viral on social media, and millions more watched stories on Nightly News and TODAY. Her Emmy-winning 2014 series, “Hooked: America’s Heroin Epidemic,” put a human face on a public health crisis, prompted congressional hearings and legislative action, and was praised by drug policy organizations. Snow’s investigative reports on texting while driving and concussions among young female soccer players sparked national conversations.
Snow has also covered politics throughout her career, including five presidential elections, the White House and Congress. She has interviewed a wide range of newsmakers, from President Barack Obama to Bono; Jeff Bezos to Ringo Starr. She pointedly questioned President Bill Clinton in his first interview after his wife lost the 2008 nomination. But she can just as easily sing a tune with Rick Springfield.
Prior to joining NBC News in 2010, Snow was the anchor of the weekend edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America” for six years. Previously, she was a White House correspondent for ABC News and a Congressional correspondent for CNN.
Snow is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She works closely with many charitable organizations including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Snow is a long-time supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters and serves on the board of the NYC chapter.
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Iona’s 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 45,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. Recent significant College announcements include the appointment of a new dean of the business school, plans for a new, state-of-the-art school of business facility and the establishment of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.