Susan has been involved in writing and photography most of her life, having started as a stringer at age 16 for a regional Maryland newspaper, the Capital-Gazette. In college, she was editor of her campus newspaper and interned with celebrated muckraking journalist Jack Anderson. Upon graduation from Trinity University in Washington, DC, she traveled to Europe and North Africa as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow to pursue a fully paid year-long photo-documentary project. For the next several decades Susan had written and edited regular columns about books and food, as well as news, opinion pieces or feature stories for numerous top-tier publications, including The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, Newsday, and The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, she has served as writer and/or editor for marketing, grant-writing and corporate communications at a wide range of publicly traded companies, including The Bank of New York Mellon, and nonprofit organizations, such as Princeton University and Roger Williams University.
Over the span of her career, Susan has published interviews of a range of notable people, including composer and MacArthur genius award winner Milton Babbitt, former N.J. Senator Bill Bradley, actor James Stewart, Frank Sinatra biographer Kitty Kelly, and prize-winning poet Omar Pound. Susan’s innate curiosity has led her to live or work in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. In her travels, she has covered world events and the powerful, unforgettable stories of everyday people.
Having spent the past 15 years in corporate communications, Susan is now partnering with Suzanne McGee, a longtime colleague from their Wall Street Journal days, to focus on storytelling in words and pictures bringing to life the experiences and memories of individuals, families and organizations.
She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and their lazy cat Lucy.
Suzanne’s first story, about a cow in Normandy who had lost her sunglasses, was published when she was eight years old. She rapidly shifted her attention to journalism, which gave her a license to ask questions of interesting people about their lives and accomplishments. She pursued her passion for asking questions and writing about the answers throughout her school years in Belgium and Canada, and eventually left her graduate school in Japan to take a job as a copy editor at the Japan Times in Tokyo. Moving back to North America, she joined the Wall Street Journal as a staff reporter, covering everything from diamond mining ventures in Canada to rogue traders on Wall Street from bureaus in Toronto, New York and London. As an independent freelance journalist and editor, she has embarked on projects as diverse as exploring the red-hot contemporary art market, the nature of retirement in the 21st century, and analyzing the reasons behind the near-collapse of the U.S. financial system in 2008, which led her to write her first full-length book, “Chasing Goldman Sachs.”
Suzanne also has worked on multi-media journalism projects, including one exploring the evolution of China’s middle class, “Keeping Up With the Wangs”, which won the first Loeb Award for multimedia stories. Since embarking on her freelance career, Suzanne has co-written/ghostwritten two other books and proofread/copyedited a third title. She also has experience working with corporate clients on developing white papers and other materials.
By the time she was old enough to vote anywhere, Suzanne had lived in five countries and acquired two nationalities (U.S. and Canadian). After spending the best part of two decades based in New York, she now hangs her hat in Providence, Rhode Island, sharing digs with her two cats, Sir Fergus the Fat and Minka, both of whom enjoy photo-bombing Zoom meetings.
Every project we undertake shares some key stages, although we will customize these for each client to ensure we deliver precisely the kind of engaging and memorable narrative you seek.