Susan Carter (2007)
In 30 years as a reporter, talk show host, journalism professor and guest lecturer, nothing in Sue Carter’s career stands out as much as her leading an all-women’s trek to the North Pole in 2001. She conducted one of the first live Web casts from the top of the world and wrote a book about it, Ordinary Women, An Arctic Journey, published by Michigan State University Press in 2005.
Carter, a professor of journalism at Michigan State University, worked as an anchor/reporter for radio stations WWJ and WHND in Detroit, WVIC in East Lansing and as news director for WABX, also in Detroit , along with her work as reporter, anchor and talk show host for WXYZ-TV in Detroit .
Her journalism expertise has served conferences sponsored by the Poynter Institute, the International Radio-Television Society, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Historical Society of Michigan.
She received a Michigan Chapter Emmy for her role in executive producing the documentary, “The Great Experiment: MSU, the Pioneer Land Grant University” in 2006. Her work coincided with her job as special consultant to the president and sesquicentennial director of MSU in 2005.
Nancy Costello, now a faculty member at MSU’s College of Law, regards Carter as a guardian angel who intervened when Costello’s 13-year newspaper career became a casualty of the protracted 1995 Detroit newspapers strike. “She asked me if I ever thought about going to law school.”
Karole L. White, president of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters says Carter comports herself as a dedicated journalist whose pursuit of excellence in broadcasting news and community service is a model for men and women in the business. Says White: “She is a teacher, an author, a journalist and a friend.”