SUSAN V. SELIGSON
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, State University of New York at Binghamton
Master of Science in Journalism, Boston University
Arabic Language Intensive, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK
December 2017-present: Writer/editor, Lead Insights
November 2009-May 2017: Boston University. Senior Writer, BU Today; Senior Editor and alumni books editor, Bostonia Magazine. Responsible for writing and producing news and long-form written and multimedia feature content for the daily news website BU Today and alumni magazine Bostonia about a broad range of subjects, including routine coverage, on both the Charles River and medical campuses, of people and events in the fields of international affairs, theatre, music, culture, the humanities, and the sciences. Generate story ideas, supervise and edit web series, assign photos and co-produce multimedia components including video and audio slideshows. Supervise and mentor interns and former interns. Bostonia feature “First, Do No Harm ,” about ethical dilemmas faced by Jewish doctors during the Holocaust, won the 2012 CASE Gold “Best Article of the Year” award. Issue with my cover profile of NAACP President Cornell William Brooks won CASE Gold award. In 2015 my feature about Rabbi Susan Silverman and Yosef Abramowitz, “Civil Disobedience: A Love Story,” won CASE bronze for best articles in the platinum category. Bostonia cover story “The Good Life of Marcia Deihl” won a 2016 Hatch Award, and 2017 CASE Gold as “Best Article of the Year.”
2014-2015: Journalism mentor Harare, Zimbabwe, Women’s Journalists Mentoring Program
1987-2009: Freelance journalist for numerous national, international and university publications; author (six books); Writing Instructor (Creative Nonfiction, Travel Essay, Memoir), Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill; Award-winning columnist, The Provincetown Banner; Contributing Editor, Health and Walking Magazines.
1979-1987: Copy Editor and columnist, the Springfield, MA Daily News (2 years); Journalism Instructor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Correspondent, Cape Cod Times; Reporter and Assistant Editor, The Advocate, Provincetown, MA.
As a freelance and staff journalist, have reported from India, Africa, the Middle East, Central America and throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Proficient in written and spoken French; basic written and spoken Italian and basic written and spoken Arabic. Classical flutist who has performed as a soloist and in chamber groups.
Features and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Atlantic, Redbook, Massachusetts Medicine, The Times of London, Radcliffe Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Outside, Yankee, New England Monthly, Walking Magazine, Allure, Body and Soul, Provincetown Arts, Women’s Sports and Fitness, Massachusetts Magazine (University of Massachusetts/Amherst), Index (magazine of Harvard Art Museums), on National Public Radio and online (Salon.com, Radar.com, Nerve.com). Books include Going with the Grain, (Simon & Schuster), and Stacked (Bloomsbury USA). Author of four children’s books, including the award-winning Amos: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch, published by Little, Brown (Joy Street Books). Nonfiction books have been translated into French, Italian, German, Chinese and Japanese. Several essays have been anthologized.
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE/COMMUNITY ACTIVISM
Current: Helpline volunteer, Samaritans Boston. Past: Tutor, The Writing Center, (WriteBoston) Boston International Newcomers Academy, Dorchester; Mentor, Inclusive Security (women journalists from conflict zones); Mentor and writing coach (remote) ZimboJam, Harare, Zimbabwe, Amnesty International USA, Provincetown AIDS Support Group, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cape Cod, Provincetown voter registration drive, Provincetown High School Academy writing mentorship program.