Hi! I’m Susan, a journalist who loves coffee, mountains, and garage sales. In June 2022, I joined The New York Times as a reporting fellow with Headway, a section that looks at humanity’s challenges through the lens of progress. For the second year of my fellowship, I’ll be serving as an embedded reporter at High Country News, a magazine that covers the western United States. 

I’ve been bouncing around the globe since 2008, when one bad interview with a bunch of dudes in suits convinced me to pack up my Camry and move to Colorado.

I spent the next six years working a variety of seasonal jobs: I scooped ice cream, rented out skis, and managed bookings at a sea kayaking company. I moved a million times, everywhere from Southeast Alaska to South Korea (read: more than anyone should), and got to see a pretty decent slice of the world.

Along the way, I started writing about, well, everything — and then made it my life’s work. Click here to see my portfolio, then sign up for my newsletter to get a monthly update of what I’m writing and what I’m obsessing over.

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