Interested in newspaper journalism since high school, Susan Miller began by working for her community papers. Ultimately, she spent more than 40 years in the field. During this time, Dr. Miller made an international name for herself as being the first person to discover and document the gap in women’s readership of U.S. newspapers. The papers were losing female readers more rapidly than men, and this trend was discovered in many other countries as well. She became an international authority on increasing women’s readership, speaking widely and contributing numerous articles to professional journals.
Dr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1966, a Master of Science from Columbia University in 1969, and a PhD from Stanford University in 1976. She worked as a reporter and editor for various newspapers, serving as news-features editor for the Bremerton Sun in Washington, night city editor for the Peninsula Times-Tribune in Palo Alto, California, executive editor of the News-Gazette in Champaign-Urbana Illinois, director of editorial development and then vice president for editorial of E.W. Scripps Co. (formerly Scripps Howard) headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and president and editor of The Monterey County Herald in California. She was also a member of the board of directors of “New Direction News,” the Washington Journalism Center, the Illinois Associated Press of Managing Editors, the Associate Press of Managing Editors, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and the Pulitzer Prize Nominating Committee.
After her newspaper career, she obtained a Master of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2003, and was ordained an Episcopal priest. She served as a chaplain at the John XXIII AIDS Ministry and as vicar at the St. Matthias Episcopal Church from 2003 and 2008. Currently, she is a board member, docent, and past-president of the Monterey State Historic Park Association, and a board member and volunteer of the Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop.
When Dr. Miller has free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling internationally.