Robservations on the media beat:
- If he were at any other local company, his remarkable rise to the top would be worthy of a cover story in Crain's Chicago Business. But in David Snyder's case, his company is Crain's Chicago Business. Capping a 27-year career that started as a researcher for the weekly publication, Snyder this week was promoted to publisher. Effective Oct. 15, he'll succeed David Blake, who's retiring after 29 years with Crain's to form the New Center for Chicago Business History. Snyder, 48, has been associate publisher since 2004 and previously worked as a reporter, editor and general manager of interactive.