Michele Snodgrass, the chief prosecutor in Campbell County, Ky., has a degree in broadcast journalism from Western Kentucky University. She was a cable television reporter when she decided to earn a law degree at Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. While she balks at media attempts to get the raw story of crimes before they go to trial, Snodgrass knows when national news or social media are going to swoop in to cover her trials. She keeps her distance, but she is ever aware.
All three national networks covered a murder trial she handled involving two “beautiful people,” as Snodgrass describes them. “The hard part about the media attention is finding a way to not let it interrupt the purpose,” Snodgrass said. “They might think, this is really good stuff. “The reality of it is, my job is in the courtroom.” Snodgrass, 43, is unyielding in the courtroom: A wordsmith zeroing in on precise points. She is organized and cuts to the facts, sometimes coming across as hard. “I think I have to be,” she said. “To get respect as a prosecutor you have to have that element of toughness.” She's done it repeatedly in high-profile cases. Reporters invariably employed the word “tough” to describe her.