«Class of 2016

Susie Cagle

Susan Cagle ('16)

Independent reporter and illustrator, Oakland, Calif.
scagle@stanford.edu, @susie_c

Susie Cagle spent her fellowship year studying labor market shifts in journalism and other industries with the goal of finding new models of work that may better serve independent journalists and publishers alike. Her challenge project was informed by courses and research at Stanford in economics, history, and law, as well as first-hand interviews with media workers.

Journalism Challenge

What we’re really saying when we won’t say anything about money

Researching and modeling strategies to improve labor conditions for independent media workers.

About Susie

Susie Cagle is an independent reporter and illustrator. She is a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine, and has covered politics, policy and economics in articles and illustrations for The Guardian, The Nation, WIRED, Al Jazeera America, and others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and on NPR, and has won awards from the Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Yerba Buena Center. At 19, she edited and published a free full-color, quarterly magazine that survived on local ads, merchandise sales and event revenue. She hasn’t worried much about disruption since. Cagle has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia, which doesn’t offer a cartooning class. Predicting a move toward more visually driven storytelling in media, she began teaching herself to draw in 2008. She’s only been arrested twice while reporting.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.