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About Susan Sachs
During her 35-plus years as a journalist at leading periodicals, Susan Sachs has covered key issues in government and business, reported on foreign affairs, and investigated corruption. Notably, Susan Sachs was a member of the investigative team at The Miami Herald in the early 1980s, contributing to an award-winning series on drug trafficking in the Florida Keys called “Key West: Smugglers’ Island” that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Susan Sachs’s career began at The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, where she covered politics and the State Legislature. Starting in 1977, Susan Sachs worked at The Miami Herald in positions including bureau chief in Key West, political reporter in the paper’s Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale bureaus, Miami-Dade County government reporter, and investigative reporter in Miami.
From 1987 to 1989, Susan Sachs was based in France as a freelance journalist and covered economic and social issues, including the political upheavals in Eastern Europe, for The Miami Herald, Business Tokyo, Readers Digest, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications. As a staff reporter for Newsday newspaper, beginning in late 1989, Susan Sachs covered New York real estate development and the Romanian Revolution. She was then posted to Cairo and Jerusalem as the paper’s Middle East bureau chief, where she covered the Gulf War and its aftermath throughout the Arab world, Turkey and Iran. Susan Sachs reported on the rise of religious fundamentalism, military contracting, terrorism, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In 1995, Susan Sachs was posted to Moscow as the Newsday bureau chief where she reported from across Russia and the former Soviet republics.
Returning to the United States in 1998 as a staff reporter for The New York Times, Susan Sachs specialized in immigration and continued to cover breaking news events in the Middle East. As the bureau chief in Cairo in 2000, she traveled widely in the Middle East, North Africa, and Iran. Susan Sachs was named the Baghdad bureau chief in 2003. As a specialist in Arab and Islamic affairs, she covered post-war events in Iraq, including the purge of the Ba’ath Party and the discovery of mass graves. At the end of her term in Baghdad, she produced the first comprehensive expose of global-scale corruption in the United Nations’ Oil-for-Food program. From 2004, Susan Sachs served as Istanbul bureau chief of The New York Times, covering NATO and other multilateral issues as well as topics ranging from Turkish politics to civil liberties and economics.