Suzanne McBride, chair of Columbia College's Communication Department, has worked as a journalist for more than three decades, serving as a top newspaper editor and reporter before joining Columbia in 2005. With grant support, she has launched two local news web sites - ChicagoTalks and AustinTalks - which have been honored by the country’s leading journalism organizations and featured the work of hundreds of Columbia students. Suzanne has been invited to speak at dozens of conferences across the United States, Canada and Europe; she has traveled to Thailand to serve as a specialist for the U.S. Department of State and was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar in Ireland, where she researched online journalism and taught local news reporting at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa and earned a master’s degree with distinction from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She works as an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. Before joining Columbia's faculty, Suzanne worked at The Indianapolis Star and News, the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette as well as WTHR/Channel 13 in Indianapolis. She serves on the board of the Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and the Chicago Headline Club.
Investigative reporting, political reporting, community news
Creative Practice and Research Interests
Local online news publishing