Susan Goldberg was appointed editor in chief of National Geographic magazine and News in April 2014. She is the 10th editor of the magazine since it was first published in October 1888. Goldberg previously was executive editor for News and Features at National Geographic, a post she assumed when she joined the nonprofit in January 2014.
Under her leadership, in 2015, National Geographic magazine won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.
In March 2015, she received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP).
Before her employment at National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. She started at Bloomberg in 2010. In 2013, she 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. 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 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’ School of Journalism. 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 Michigan State University 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, DC with her husband, Geoffrey Etnire, a real estate lawyer.