Susan Page is the Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House.
Susan has covered six White House administrations and 10 presidential elections. She has interviewed the past nine presidents (three after they left office) and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. She regularly appears as an analyst on PBS, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR and other TV and radio programs.
She is the author of The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, being published by Twelve Books in April 2019, based on extended interviews with Barbara Bush and access to her diaries.
Susan has won every journalism award given specifically for coverage of the White House. She twice was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. The White House Correspondents Association has honored her with the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for Deadline Reporting on the Presidency as well as the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award, given for excellence in coverage of the White House. Among other national awards, she was a member of a team that won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington Correspondence.
She has served as president of the White House Correspondents Association, chairman of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, and president of the Gridiron Club, the oldest association of journalists in Washington. She has twice served as a Pulitzer juror and is a member of the Justice Department’s Media Advisory Group.
As a reporter — first for Newsday and then for USA TODAY — she drove to Three Mile Island hours after the nuclear mishap was reported, traveled across Southeast Asia to chronicle the exodus of Vietnamese ‘boat people,’ sat down to dinner with Richard Nixon to hear his critique of Ronald Reagan’s reelection campaign, and interviewed physicist Stephen Hawking through his computerized ‘voice.’
A native of Wichita, Kansas, she received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where she was editor-in-chief of The Daily Northwestern. She received a master’s degree from Columbia University, where she was a Pulitzer Fellow. She is married to Carl Leubsdorf, a columnist with The Dallas Morning News. They have two sons, Ben and Will.