Oral history interview with Susan R. King, 2013


King, Susan (Interviewee)
Clark, Mary Marshall (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Susan R. King, 2013
Susan King begins by discussing her childhood and education; network news journalism career in the 1970s-80s at CBS, ABC and NBC; and positions as the Executive Director of the Family and Medical Leave Commission of the U.S. Department of Labor and as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) under the (Bill) Clinton administration . King then discusses her role as Vice President for External Affairs at the Carnegie Corporation of New York: coming to work at the Carnegie Corporation in 1999; revitalizing the Carnegie Corporation’s internal publications; her thoughts on Vartan Gregorian and on changes made to the Carnegie Corporation under his tenure as President; the Carnegie-Knight News21 project, and her thoughts on journalism education and the future of the journalism field. King further discusses her role and responsibilities at the Carnegie Corporation: working with Vartan Gregorian, the Carnegie publications Carnegie Quarterly, Carnegie Review, and Carnegie Results, the Carnegie Corporation’s increasing reliance on commissions and consulting firms during her tenure, the Carnegie Corporation’s reaction to the September 11th attacks, and the Islam Initiative and Gregorian’s book, Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith. Finally, King discusses topics including her experience as a woman in journalism and dealing with age and appearance-based discrimination in the industry; spearheading an initiative to combat sweatshop exploitation of workers during her tenure with the U.S. Department of Labor; her involvement with inter-foundation partnerships, including organizing a meeting of New York’s major charitable foundations to coordinate relief fundraising in the weeks following September 11th; and Columbia University’s role in spearheading the Carnegie-Knight News21 journalism education initiative.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 3
Journalists--United States; Women television news anchors; Journalists in government; Journalism; Journalism teachers; King, Susan; Gregorian, Vartan; Carnegie Corporation of New York; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; ABC News; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. School of Media and Journalism; United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development; United States. Commission on Family and Medical Leave
oral histories
Physical Description
155 pages; 7 digital audio files; 1 digital video file
Note (Biographical)
Dean and John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor, School of Media and Journalism at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Vice President for External Affairs, Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Interviewed by Mary Marshall on December 13, 2011 and August 29 and August 30, 2013
Note (Provenance)
Susan R. King, Gift 2016
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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