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Susan Ferriss


Before joining the Center for Public Integrity, Susan Ferriss covered state government, politics and immigration for the Sacramento Bee and taught journalism at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her coverage of immigrant workers — including elder caregivers — was recognized with a best diversity reporting prize from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Between 1997 and 2006, Susan was the Latin America correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Austin-American Statesman and other Cox Newspapers. She produced investigative stories on child labor, environmental degradation and organized crime, and covered civil war and electoral reform. Her series on Mexico’s broken promises of economic reform won top prizes from the Overseas Press Club and the Inter-American Press Association. Earlier in her career, Susan was a staff writer at the San Francisco Examiner and a freelance correspondent in Central America. She also produced The Golden Cage, a documentary film about farm labor, and co-wrote The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement, published by Harcourt. She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and was a 2004-2005 Knight fellow at Stanford University.

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