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Susan Kaplan


Susan Kaplan’s public radio career began at WFCR, now New England Public Radio in western Massachusetts. Her 20 plus year tenure included hosting "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition", “The Short List” and working as a feature reporter. She also spent a year at WGBH Radio in Boston building and executing a new position as Night Editor.

Kaplan’s radio stories have aired nationally on NPR's "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," "On the Media," "Only A Game," “Here and Now,” and on PRI's "The World" and "Marketplace."

In 2010 Kaplan received an Ochberg Fellowship awarded from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University, which supported her reporting on women in the military. Since then, Kaplan has continued to report about veterans from the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond.

For six years Kaplan hosted "Watercooler," a weekly public affairs program on WGBY Public Television for Western New England. Kaplan has received numerous Associated Press Broadcaster's awards including first-place in 2014 for her feature titled “A Moment with World War II POWs.” Kaplan is honored and excited about the rigorous and what she calls a vital Public History Master’s Program. She knows that the history degree will improve her reporting and hopes to put the degree to good use in the classroom by teaching history through a professional communicator’s lenses.