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New York Times reporter Susanne Craig will speak to journalism students at 1 p.m. on Dec. 2 in Arts and Letters 101. (Credit: CNN) New York Times reporter Susanne Craig will speak to journalism students at 1 p.m. on Dec. 2 in Arts and Letters 101. (Credit: CNN)
 


Award-Winning New York Times Reporter Visits SDSU

Susanne Craig was part of a team of journalists who released excerpts of President-Elect Donald Trump’s 1995 tax returns.
By SDSU News Team
 

Imagine being a reporter at the center of a media storm, covering one of the most consequential stories of a historic presidential election. A San Diego State University journalism class will hear directly from such a reporter when award-winning New York Times investigative reporter Susanne (Sue) Craig visits campus to speak to students in Martin Kruming’s Media Law and Ethics class.

Craig will speak at 1 p.m. on Dec. 2 in Arts and Letters 101. The event is free and open to the public.

Craig joined the The New York Times in 2010. She writes about the intersection of government, politics and money. Earlier this year, Craig was assigned to cover president-elect Donald Trump’s financial empire. About two months before the election, Craig received an envelope containing excerpts of Trump’s 1995 tax returns.

The documents showed the president-elect had lost nearly $916 million in revenue that year. Tax experts hired by the paper estimated Trump may have used this loss to avoid paying more than $50 million a year in federal income taxes for 18 years.

Craig’s reporting became a major story in the national press and a key talking point in the campaign. The president-elect on more than one occasion threatened to take legal action against The New York Times following publication of a story.

"Craig's work as an investigative reporter for The New York Times is certainly relevant to our Media, Law and Ethics class in the School of Journalism and Media Studies," said Kruming. “During her lecture, Craig will discuss her career in investigative reporting and the decisions she and her editors have to make before printing stories that could have major legal consequences.”

Craig was the 2015 recipient of the Jay Gallagher award, which is given annually to one reporter whose work is judged to be the best example of state-government reporting. She was also the recipient of a National Newspaper Award, a Michener Award and was the first recipient of the Goff Penny Memorial Prize, large paper category, for young Canadian journalists.

Born and raised in Canada, Craig got her start in journalism at The Gauntlet, the University of Calgary’s student newspaper.  She was an intern at the Calgary Herald, and parlayed a summer job at the Windsor Star into a full-time position. Before joining The New York Times, she worked at the Financial Post and The Globe and Mail.