Susan Smith Richardson is the newly appointed Ida B. Wells Professor at the Cronkite School. She has more than 30 years of journalism experience in various leadership positions, including CEO of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative newsroom; editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, a nonprofit investigative newsroom that focuses on race, poverty and income inequality; editorial director at Solutions Journalism Network, which trains journalists to report about responses to social problems, and editorial writer, columnist and editor at publications including the Chicago Tribune and the Austin American-Statesman. Currently, she is a deputy editor at the Guardian US, part of the Guardian Media Group, a global news brand based in the United Kingdom. Her areas of interest are models for community-based journalism, race, power and representation in newsrooms and how news can support civic engagement.
MPA, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; BS in Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin