Susan Simmons

GREENVILLE JOURNAL & UBJ EXECUTIVE EDITOR

 

“I know the national media is about as popular as Congress, but I think people still rely on their local newspaper to tell them what’s really going on in the community: to dig and question and hold leadership accountable, and to educate and celebrate as well…My deepest goal is to always leave people with hope – no matter how hard we have to work to find it.

 

Susan brings an impressive 30 years experience in newspaper reporting to her role as Executive Editor of the Upstate Business Journal and the Greenville Journal. She’s covered a variety of beats including education, consumer affairs, local government, courts and politics, features, and has served as a columnist and editorialist. She has won six South Carolina Press Association awards for editorial and column writing, as well as a Suburban Newspaper Association national award for best column.

A journalist to the core, she says, “I’m nosy, pushy and annoyingly persistent in pursuit of a story. If I have a knack, it’s persuading people to tell me more than they ever thought they would. I still marvel at what people will tell you if you just ask.”

She’s a voracious reader (whodunits for entertainment and C.S. Lewis when she wants to ponder life); a “political junkie to a degree that’s neither healthy nor sane;” a volunteer at  First Presbyterian Church; and she enjoys watching movies with her cinema-obsessed sons and riding the Swamp Rabbit Trail with her cycling-obsessed husband.