Susan C
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Joined 2/1/2018
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After completing a master's degree in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University, Susan has worked at newspapers in Kansas, Rhode Island, Ohio and Maine. In Maine, Susan covered state government for 10 years, writing about a wide variety of topics including environmental regulations, health care trends, labor disputes, state budgets and issues as varied as bear hunting and gay marriage. She was then promoted to city editor, where she supervised five reporters and two photographers to put out a daily newspaper. A big part of Susan's job was to write SEO headlines for the newspaper's website, edit copy quickly before posting online and sharing content via social media. In addition, Susan has worked part-time jobs as a bartender and house flipper, and has recently left her full-time job to pursue freelance writing and house renovating.


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.


Syracuse University

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.


300 Projects Completed

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.


50 Projects Completed

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.


30 Projects Completed

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.


1,000 Projects Completed

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.

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