Susan Robinson King

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Susan Robinson King is Vice President, External Affairs, and Director, Journalism Initiative, Special Initiatives and Strategy for the Carnegie Corporation.

"Susan Robinson King is vice president, external affairs, director of Journalism Initiative, Special initiatives and Strategy. She is responsible for the Corporation's relations with outside groups and devising strategies to ensure the Corporation's work has an impact on society. She oversees the Corporation's communications including its publications, web site and media and dissemination grant program. She leads the Corporation's Journalism Initiative, begun in 2005, which focuses on university based journalism education, its role in America's research universities, in preparing the next generation of media leaders and its commitment to strengthening journalism's seminal position in a democratic society. She spent twenty years as a journalist covering national and international issues and before joining the foundation served as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Labor.

"A presidential appointee confirmed twice by the Senate, King served three cabinet secretaries as a communications strategist. At the Department of Labor, where she oversaw the work of 16 agencies, King worked with Secretaries Robert B. Reich and Alexis Herman. She crafted the successful No Sweat initiative under Reich that led to the Presidential Apparel Industry Partnership and a movement to improve sweatshop conditions domestically and abroad. The initiative won an Innovation in Government award from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. During her service with Herman, King oversaw the UPS strike coverage, Welfare to Work initiatives and the YO! Youth Opportunity movement. King shaped communication strategies for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo's first six months in office. She joined public service as Executive Director of the Family and Medical Leave Commission, a bipartisan congressionally mandated commission.

"During her years as a journalist, King was both anchor in Washington television and a political analyst known for cover story reports on politics, diplomacy and major issues of the day. She worked for ABC News and served as a White House correspondent during the Reagan administration. She has reported for CNN and served as host for CNBC's Equal Time, NPR's Talk of the Nation and WAMU's Diane Rehm Show. She began her career working for Walter Cronkite and became an on air reporter in Buffalo, New York.

"King received a B.A. in English from Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York and an M.A. in communications from Fairfield University. She also studied at University College of London University. She has won numerous journalism awards including Emmies for her reporting from Lebanon and for Coverstory, three National Women's Political Caucus awards, and recognition from American Women in Communications and Sigma Delta Chi. In 1999, she was DC's Women in Communication's Matrix awardee.

"King is active in community and professional organizations and serves on the Board of Trustees of the BBC World Service Trust, the Council on Excellence in Government, the International Women's Forum and the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. She is a member of the Advisory Commission of the Center for International Media Assistance which is a project of the National Endowment for Democracy. King is a founder of the International Women's Media Foundation and until recently served on its board. She has worked in the philanthropic world with the Independent Sector and the Council on Foundation's Media and Public Affairs Committees. King is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is married and the mother of a teenage daughter." [1]

In 1999: "King is a member of the Board of Trustees of Marymount College, the Trustees Advisory Council of Fairfield University, the Board of Advisors of the Mount Carmel Shelter for Homeless Women, the Board of the Blessed Sacrament School, the Women’s Forum of Washington, DC, and the Advisory Board of the RTND Foundation’s Community Journalism project. She is also a member of Sigma Delta Chi.

"King is married to Michael King". [2]

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  1. Susan Robinson King, Carnegie Corporation, accessed April 19, 2008.
  2. CARNEGIE CORP. ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF APPOINTMENT, Carnegie Corporation, accessed April 19, 2008.