Susan Campbell, M.S.

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Distinguished Lecturer

Communication, Film and Media Studies Department
College of Arts and Sciences
About Susan

Susan Campbell is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a widely read Hartford Courant columnist, and the author of two books with a third forthcoming. She’s worked across the media landscape as an award-winning print journalist, a regular commentator on WNPR, and a guest on CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” the BBC, WTNH-TV, and the local news show “Face the State.” She is also part of the Connecticut Health Investigative Team, an award-winning health and safety website.

Her work at The Courant – where she was a staff writer and columnist for 25 years and is currently a freelance columnist – has been recognized by the National Women’s Political Caucus, the New England Associated Press News Executives, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the Society for Professional Journalists, among numerous other organizations. She’s also written for Connecticut Magazine, Salon.com, the Ms. Foundation blog, and Patheos.com.

Her book, Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism and the American Girl, won the Connecticut Center for the Book’s Best Memoir in 2010 and was chosen as one of 15 “Must-Read Memoirs” by More magazine. Reviewing the book, MS magazine wrote, "This fond memoir of growing up a rebellious tomboy in a fundamentalist church that expects women to be pious, subservient, and, above all, quiet, tells what it feels like to have Jesus as your boyfriend – and what happens when you want to break up with him."

Her other books include the biography Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker and the upcoming Frog Hollow: Stories from an American Neighborhood, a Hartford neighborhood she describes as a springboard for generations of immigrants.

A frequent guest host on “Where We Live,” a locally produced news/talk show, she’s a regular guest on “The Colin McEnroe Show.” A former communications director at the Partnership for Stronger Communities, she’s covered state politics as a columnist with The New Haven Register and the Torrington Register Citizen. She is a sought-after speaker and panelist on poverty, youth homelessness, human trafficking, and gender issues.

While teaching the next generation of journalists, Professor Campbell helped transform the campus newspaper, the Charger Bulletin, into a website, a series of podcasts, and a weekly television news show, “The Charger Bulletin News.” She’s taught at Central Connecticut State University, and she teaches workshops in writing and in theology at Wesleyan University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Hartford.

Born in Kentucky and raised in southwest Missouri, Professor Campbell received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree from the Hartford Seminary.

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Professional Experience

CONNECTICUT HEALTH AND INVESTIGATIVE TEAM
An award-winning health and safety website at www.c-hit.org
Twice-monthly columnist, 2012-present

Explore issues of health and safety for women

THE HARTFORD COURANT
Largest Daily Newspaper in Connecticut and The Oldest Continuously Published Newspaper in the United States
Columnist, 1986-2012 and again from 2015-present

After 26-plus years on staff, left, but continue to write a twice-monthly column for the Sunday op-ed section

WNPR

On-air regular commentator/news contributor, 2009 – present

Frequent guest, and well as guest host for “Where We Live,” a locally-produced news/talk show

Appearances as a regular guest on “The Colin McEnroe Show,” another locally-produced talk show

Author of an ongoing series of stories/broadcasts on housing and homelessness in the state, July to the present

JOURNAL REGISTER COMPANY

Weekly columnist for New Haven Register, Middletown Press, and Torrington Register Citizen, 2012 - 2013

Focused on state politics. (Left the position upon full-time employment at Partnership for Strong Communities, for fear there might eventually be a conflict of interest.)

OTHER

Contributor to “Make Mine a Double: Why Women Like Us Like to Drink (Or Not,)” published by University Press of New England in 2011, and yes, I understand your concern, but I’m the “not” in the title.

Currently working on “Searching for the American Dream in Frog Hollow,” a history book about a notable Hartford neighbor, due to Wesleyan University Press in January 2016.

Other Media

Appearances on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” and BBC, local news show “Face the State,” as well as Hartford area media (besides WNPR) such as radio stations WWUH, WTNH, WHUS, WTIC, and WDRC

Work has also appeared in Connecticut Magazine and Salon.com and Ms. Foundation blog and Patheos.com.

Popular speaker for civic, faith, and school groups on issues of poverty. Frequent appearances on panels on topics from youth homelessness to gender issues to housing policy to human trafficking in the state.

Created and maintain a blog, "Dating Jesus" 2009-2012, and again starting in January 2016

Co-created and maintained a blog,“Hot Dogma!” 2012-August 2014

On Twitter; if you're bored, I'm on Facebook, too.

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