Susan Rasky (June 10, 1952 – December 29, 2013) was an American university educator and political journalist for the New York Times. She won the George Polk Award for her coverage of Capitol Hill in 1991.

Susan Rasky
BornJune 10, 1952
Hollywood, California
DiedDecember 29, 2013
El Cerrito, California
OccupationPolitical reporter for The New York Times, senior lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism
EducationB.A. History, University of California, Berkeley, M.A. Economic History, London School of Economics
GenrePolitical journalism
SubjectAmerican politics
Notable awardsGeorge Polk Award

Early life and educationEdit

Susan Rasky was born in 1952 in Hollywood, California[1] to Jewish, liberal parents.[1] She was raised in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles and attended high school in the Fairfax District.[1]

Rasky received her bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974,[2] and later earned her master's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.[3]


Rasky moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in journalism. She covered economic policy for Reuters and the Bureau of National Affairs for five years.[1] In 1984, Rasky was hired as an editor by The New York Times.[1] The Times eventually named Rasky as its congressional correspondent. She continued to write for Reuters, and was hired as a columnist and contributing editor for The California Journal.[3]

In 1991,[3] Rasky was a joint recipient of a George Polk Award for her coverage of the budget debates in 1990.[2] Rasky shared the honor with David Rosenbaum.[2] She also wrote for publications including The Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, The Sacramento Bee[4] and Salon.[5]

In 1992, Rasky joined the Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism faculty teaching political journalism as a senior lecturer.[1] Her students reportedly referred to themselves as "Raskyites"[4] and "Raskyfarians".[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mark Z. Barabak (3 January 2014). "Susan Rasky dies at 61; reporter became Berkeley journalism lecturer". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Daniel Slotnik (3 January 2014). "Susan Rasky, Award-Winning Reporter for The Times, Dies at 61". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Carla Marinucci (3 January 2014). "Journalist, UC Berkeley teacher Susan Rasky dies". The San Francisco Gate. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Susan Rasky, NYT Reporter and UCB Journalism teacher, dies". ABC News. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Susan Rasky". Archive. Salon. Retrieved 10 June 2015.

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