Susan can write about a wide variety of topics, including business growth and economic development, health care, and housing.
Susan wrote an intimate series of stories about a family dealing with Alzheimer's and has a deep interest in capturing how caregivers deal with devastating diseases. She is also interested in the growing industry around house flipping, from hiring contractors to regulations for tiny homes. And, as a Mainer, she loves hiking, kayaking and biking and any chance to write about the outdoors.
After completing a bachelor's degree with a double major in English and speech communications at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio in 1993, Susan went on to get her master's degree from Syracuse University.
Over the span of her newspaper career, Susan covered every level of government, from school boards to zoning boards, town councils, county boards and the Maine State Legislature. Her coverage ranged from budgeting to economic development to bills introduced in the Legislature. She covered the political aspects of governing too, including dozens of state legislative races, the 2010 governor's race in Maine and various ballot initiatives.
While working at newspapers in Kansas, Rhode Island, Ohio and Maine, Susan wrote about business start-ups, business trends and efforts to redevelop struggling downtown districts. She profiled some of the most successful businesses in the central Maine region and helped explain their struggles with regulations, wages and employees. And, as a former partner in a bar/restaurant, Susan also understands the challenges of running a successful business, from providing good, consistent customer service to finding creative ways to draw in new customers with events and promotions.
While covering Maine State Government, Susan wrote extensively about Dirigo Health, an initiative to create a state sponsored health care program in the state. The effort ultimately failed long before Massachusetts tried it and before the federal Obamacare program was launched. In addition, Susan spent months reporting and writing a series on a family dealing with an early onset Alzheimer's patient. She followed the family from the time the man lived at home to the nursing home, and wrote about his death.
While writing for newspapers for two decades, Susan wrote thousands of articles for publication in daily papers. Her career started with covering education in Kansas and continued with coverage of small town government and courts in Rhode Island, county government in Ohio and state government in Maine. At each newspaper, Susan was expected to write both news stories and features, breaking news from the police scanner and weekend features on local events.