Susan Goldberg is editor in chief of National Geographic and editorial director of National Geographic Partners. Previously, she was executive editor for text at National Geographic magazine, a post she assumed in January 2014.
Prior to joining National Geographic, she was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. She joined the company in November 2010.
From 2007-2010, she was editor of The Plain Dealer, the daily newspaper of Cleveland and the largest newspaper in Ohio. Prior to that, from 2003-2007, she was the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, and served as the paper’s managing editor from 1999-2003. From 1989-1999, Goldberg worked at USA Today, serving 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. She is active in professional journalism organizations, serving as president of the American Society of News Editors, and on the board of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She also is co-chair of the Medill School of Journalism’s Board of Visitors at Northwestern University.
Goldberg lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband, Geoffrey Etnire, a real estate attorney. They have one grown son.