Global partnerships

Solutions-based journalism starts here

The Cronkite School’s #CronkiteGlobal initiative is tackling critical topics impacting our world. In an effort to confront the climate crisis, we’ve partnered with Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory’s College of Global Futures. Susan Goldberg, former editor in chief of National Geographic and editorial director of National Geographic Partners, leads new programs and strategic partnerships in Washington, D.C.

Goldberg joined Arizona State University with a joint appointment in the Cronkite School and the Global Futures Laboratory in February 2022.

She will expand ASU’s presence in the nation’s capital which provides significant educational opportunities and leverages the expertise of world-class faculty across a wide range of issue areas.

“I am excited to work with journalists and experts at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and its College of Global Futures to help tell stories around how we are addressing and shaping our collective future options, including climate change — one of the trickiest stories to tell to a general audience.” – Susan Goldberg

Meet Susan Goldberg

vice dean and professor of practice

During her tenure as editor, National Geographic has been honored with 10 national magazine awards, three Pulitzer finalists, and twice named Webby Media Company of the year (2018 and 2020). In addition to hundreds of other significant editorial awards, National Geographic also won a 2018 Scripps Howard Award for Environmental Reporting highlighting awareness and catalyzing action surrounding protecting the planet.

“Susan Goldberg is one of the most accomplished editors and leaders in our industry. We are thrilled for her to share her expertise and passion with our students and faculty here at the Cronkite School,” said Dean Battinto L. Batts Jr. “Our D.C. presence is pivotal to our growth and continued success. Susan’s leadership and industry relationships will support and advance our strategy there, here in Phoenix, Los Angeles, and beyond.”

“Society has placed multiple pressures upon the life-supporting systems of our planet, which has created a sense of crisis that has to be addressed from local to global scales with an urgency rarely seen before,” said Peter Schlosser, vice president and vice provost of Global Futures. “Susan’s ability to convey the immediacy of the need to find solutions to the problems humankind has created for itself, and doing so by seeing solutions as an opportunity rather than sacrifice, is an immense addition to our ability to shape a people-and-planet-positive future.”

Cronkite’s presence in the Washington D.C.

Based in Washington D.C., our partnership with Goldberg and Global Futures will tackle climate issues right in the heart of the United States’ capital city at the ASU Barbara Barrett and Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center. The Cronkite School has long had a presence in Washington D.C. thanks to the Cronkite News Washington Bureau.

The news bureau provides an intensive professional reporting experience for advanced Cronkite students pursuing a journalism degree. With this partnership, students will have the opportunity to work alongside Goldberg and Global futures to report on issues.