The journalist and author Susan Faludi (fuh-LEWD-ee) was born to Steven Faludi, a Hungarian-born Jewish photographer, and Marilyn Faludi, who became a writer and editor after her divorce in 1976. Susan and her younger brother, Rob, grew up in an Irish and Italian neighborhood in Yorktown Heights, New York. Their parents’ politically liberal convictions were an important early influence.
Already as a child Faludi was interested in politics, as when she polled classmates in fifth grade on such debated issues as the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion rights, and the Vietnam War. In high school, she edited the student paper and delivered a socially conscious valedictorian speech. Her history and literature studies at Harvard University were financed by an Elks scholarship, and in 1981 she graduated summa cum laude and received an Oliver Dabney History Award for her senior thesis. During her college years, Faludi gained practical experience as managing editor at the Harvard Crimson, as intern reporter for the daily Staten Island Advance, and as a stringer for The Boston Globe.
After graduation Faludi held positions at a number of American newspapers and also freelanced. From 1981 to 1982 she worked as a news and copy editor for The New York Times, in 1983 she joined the Miami Herald’s suburban bureau, and in 1984 she accepted a general-reporting position at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. After being awarded first prize for news reporting and feature reporting from the Georgia Associated Press in 1985, Faludi spent the next four years on the West Coast, where she received many honors for her pieces in Mother Jones, Ms., California Business, and West, the Sunday magazine for the San Jose Mercury News. Among those honors were awards and citations from Women in Communication, the Columbia Journalism Review, the...
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