Susan Goldberg

Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners, and Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine

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Susan Goldberg was appointed editorial director of National Geographic Partners and editor in chief of National Geographic magazine in November 2015. National Geographic Partners is the new, expanded joint venture owned by the National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox that combines the National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s other media and consumer-oriented assets.

In addition to serving as National Geographic magazine’s editor in chief — a position she has held since April 2014 — Goldberg is now responsible for publishing activities under the new venture, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, and travel and adventure.

She is the 10th editor — and first female editor — of National Geographic magazine since it began publication in October 1888. Goldberg joined the magazine staff in January 2014 as executive editor for News and Features.

Under her leadership, in 2015, National Geographic won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In 2016, it was a finalist for three National Magazine Awards, including the top award -- magazine of the year. 

In March 2015, Goldberg received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP).

Before joining National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington, and in 2013 was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine. 

From 2007 to 2010, she was editor of The Plain Dealer, the daily newspaper of Cleveland and the largest newspaper in Ohio. From 2003 to 2007, she was the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, and served as the paper's managing editor from 1999 to 2003. From 1989 to 1999, Goldberg worked at USA Today, including stints as a deputy managing editor of the News, Life and Enterprise sections. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press. She began her career as a reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

A Michigan native, Goldberg has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, where she now funds the Susan Goldberg Scholarship at the university’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences. She is active in professional journalism organizations, and in 2012-13 was president of the American Society of News Editors. She is on the boards of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU and previously was co-chair of the Medill School of Journalism’s Board of Visitors at Northwestern University. She also is on the board of the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Goldberg lives in Washington, D.C.

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