Exceptional Woman in Publishing 2015

EWIP Honors Susan Goldberg

Susan Goldberg National GeographicExceptional Women in Publishing is pleased to announce that Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine is the seventeenth recipient of the Exceptional Woman In Publishing Award. This annual award is given to a woman who has achieved a high standard of professional excellence and has made extraordinary contributions to publishing.

The 2015 Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award will be presented to Ms. Goldberg at the award celebration and wine reception during the 2015 Women’s Leadership Conference in Berkeley, California on March 26, 2015. “Having more women achieve success in newsrooms—and doing what I can to help make that happen—has been one of my goals for many years,” says Ms. Goldberg. “I’m delighted that EWIP is also working to make this goal a reality. I’m honored to be included with this wonderful group of women in receiving this award.”

EWIP selects an accomplished woman each year to receive the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award. Past honorees have included: Gloria Steinem, Kara Swisher of Re/code, Susan Taylor, founding editor of Essence; and Ardie and Marie Rodale of Rodale Press. The complete list of honorees can be found here. The purpose of this award is to inspire everyone and highlight the leaders who have an impact on our industry by honoring individual women. “Susan is an incredibly talented journalist and she has a strong interest in assisting other women as they advance in their careers,” says EWIP president, Yumi Wilson. “We feel very honored that Susan will join us and share her insight at EWIP’s 2015 Women’s Leadership Conference.”

In April 2014, Ms. Goldberg was appointed editor in chief of National Geographic, the eighth largest magazine in the U.S. Under her leadership, National Geographic is working to make the venerable brand a must-read with more timely, in-depth stories — as well as creating a daily destination for readers online on such topics as the environment, climate change, scientific breakthroughs and species preservation. “Our readers shouldn’t have to wait a month to have a National Geographic experience,” she said. “They can come to us for an adventure every day.” She is quickening the pace in the news room and sees plenty of room in the magazine for stories that arise from the more immediate coverage that starts online at NGNews.com.  Web traffic is escalating, and several apps target students and nature enthusiasts. The site’s September 2014 traffic grew 6% from a year ago to 11.4 million unique visitors (41 million page views) across all platforms, according to comScore.

Before joining National Geographic, as executive editor of news and features in January 2014, Ms. Goldberg worked as executive editor for federal, state, and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington, DC. From 2007 to 2010, she was editor of The Plain Dealer, of Cleveland and the largest newspaper in Ohio. Prior to that she was the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News and from 1989 to 1999, Ms. Goldberg worked at USA Today.

Ms. Goldberg has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. From 2012 to 2013, she was president of the American Society of News Editors. She serves on the boards of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and The College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State, 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.