Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She’s also a general assignment reporter who began her career at Maine Public Radio working at the State House in 1992, and still loves the work, which takes her to the Maine State Prison for a story on solitary confinement one day and to the foothills of western Maine to look for wood thrush the next.
During her career, Susan has numerous awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press for her coverage of Maine’s opiate epidemic, labor issues, politics, corrections and the environment. Her outstanding beat reporting has twice been recognized by the Society for Environmental Journalists. And in 2014 she, along with Maine Public Radio colleagues Patty Wight and Mal Leary, received a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society for Professional Journalists for their breaking news coverage of Kaci Hickox, the nurse who faced a quarantine after returning to the U.S. from Africa, where she treated Ebola patients.
Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana, where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student. She has also worked at television stations in Montana and Maine. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Society for Professional Journalists and the Radio Television News Directors Association. You can occasionally hear her stories on NPR.