Susan King became dean of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media on Jan. 1, 2012. She is also the school’s John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor.

King’s career has spanned the school's two major disciplines – journalism and strategic communication.

After starting her broadcast journalism career in Buffalo, N.Y., she spent more than 20 years in Washington, D.C., as an anchor and reporter covering politics, including serving as a White House correspondent for ABC News. She also reported for CBS, NBC and CNN, and hosted the “Diane Rehm Show” and “Talk of the Nation” for National Public Radio.

King then worked nearly five years in the U.S. Department of Labor as the assistant secretary for public affairs and as the executive director of the Family and Medical Leave Commission. 

In 1999 she joined Carnegie Corporation of New York as vice president for external affairs. She launched and led the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and 12 premier U.S. journalism schools including UNC.

King serves on numerous boards, including BBC Media Action, N.C. Public Radio, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs and her alma mater, Fairfield University. She received the DeWitt Carter Reddick Award for Communication Excellence from the Moody College of Communication in 2015, and was inducted into The Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2014. 

King was awarded the 2018 Earle Gluck Distinguished Service Award by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB).


  • M.A., Fairfield University
  • B.A., Marymount College