Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic and editorial director of National Geographic Partners, will join Arizona State University with a joint appointment

Susan Goldberg joins ASU’s Cronkite School and Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

Monday, Dec. 20, 2021


Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic and editorial director of National Geographic Partners, will join Arizona State University with a joint appointment in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory’s College of Global Futures.

Goldberg will serve as vice dean and professor of practice and lead new programs and strategic partnerships in Washington, D.C. 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. She will join the University in February 2022.

Goldberg will also work closely with ASU’s Phoenix and Los Angeles locations, expanding leadership and academic offerings.

Goldberg has served as editor in chief of National Geographic since April 2014 and editorial director of National Geographic Partners since October 2015. She is the magazine’s first female editor and its 10th overall.

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.

Goldberg also has been singled out repeatedly for her leadership, particularly around her work promoting women. She was the leadership honoree for her work uplifting women in 2020 from the International Women’s Media Foundation; has repeatedly been on the “most powerful” and “most influential” lists of women in media and in Washington; won the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award in 2015. In addition, Goldberg’s recent leadership accolades include landing at No. 7 on InStyle Magazine’s “Badass 50” list.

“I’m thrilled to join ASU, as this position combines things I believe in deeply: I can give back to our profession, help strengthen journalism during a challenging time for the free press, and work at an inclusive public university with young people who will shape the stories of tomorrow,” explained Goldberg.

“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.”

“I also 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,” said Goldberg. “I want to do what I can to figure out how to explain the threats to and opportunities for our planet and its inhabitants with greater accessibility, resonance and impact.”

“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.”

Goldberg has worked as a top leader at several major news publications, including as executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. She also was editor of the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, where the paper finished as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize four times.

In addition, Goldberg served as managing editor and executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, a deputy managing editor at USA Today, and as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press. She began her career as a reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

About the Cronkite School

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and has received international acclaim for its innovative use of the “teaching hospital” model. Rooted in the time-honored values that characterize its namesake — accuracy, responsibility, objectivity, integrity — the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics in both the classroom and in its 13 professional programs that fully immerse students in the practice of journalism and related fields. Arizona PBS, one of the nation’s largest public television stations, is part of Cronkite, making it the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. Learn more at

About the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University represents the urgent belief that we can and must make a meaningful contribution to ensuring a habitable planet and a future in which well-being for all of Earth’s inhabitants is attainable. The Global Futures Laboratory is the world’s first comprehensive laboratory dedicated to the empowerment of our planet and its inhabitants so that all may thrive. It is built upon the deep expertise of ASU and leveraging an extensive global network of partners for an ongoing and wide-ranging exchange across all knowledge domains to address the complex social, economic and scientific challenges spawned by the current and future threats from environmental degradation. This platform positions a new world headquarters for an array of scientists, scholars and innovators and lays the foundation to anticipate and respond to existing and emerging challenges and use innovation to purposefully shape and inform our future. For more information, visit

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