Ellen Susman

ellen1Ellen Spencer Susman has more than 25 years of experience as a television journalist. She has been a reporter, anchor, host, producer and moderator.

She recently hosted and produced Balancing Your Life with Ellen Susman, an award winning television series that aired nationally on PBS. The program was groundbreaking in its mission to address the choices and challenges women face juggling career, family, marriage, and motherhood. The show is ethnically and professionally diverse and the guests offer solutions about work/life balance. Tennis legend Chris Evert, astronaut Eileen Collins, singer Rosanne Cash, and the late artist Elizabeth Murray are among the many prominent women profiled. Balancing Your Life has won two Accolade Awards and been nominated for an Emmy.

Susman began her career in 1977 as one of the original hosts of Philadelphia’s KYW-TV Evening/PM Magazine. In 1982 she founded a Speakers Bureau in Bermuda, which produced conferences for multi-national corporations. In 1994, Ellen created, produced and hosted “The Aspen Institute Television Show,” which focused on leadership issues with people in media, business and government. In 1996, EXEN, the Executive Education Network, asked Ellen to moderate a monthly program called “Experience Teaches”, which featured guests such as Bob Galvin from Motorola and leadership guru Warren Bennis in live 2-hour satellite broadcasts with as many as 600 participants participating in open forum discussions. From 1998-2002, Susman moderated a monthly, live conference on the Internet. ”Leaders Forum “ provided insight into leadership development and techniques to clients as diverse as Lands End, The Veteran’s Administration and Protective Life Insurance Company.

In 2001, Ellen became fascinated with the challenges facing women in the workplace. With support from companies such as Reliant Energy, JP Morgan Chase, KPMG and others, The Myth of Superwoman conference was a sellout, with 300 women attending one week after 9/11. Her 13-week series, Superwoman Central, featured 26 Houston-area women and aired on Houston PBS in 2005.

Recently, Susman edited a memoir based on her late sister’s life as a photojournalist in the Middle East. Danger Pay was published by the University of Texas, in November, 2008. Since then, Ellen has presented numerous readings and held book signings in Colorado, California, New Jersey, New York, and her home state of Texas.
Susman is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post about work-life balance, human rights and animal welfare.



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Danger Pay–Memoir of a Photojournalist in the Middle East, 1984-1994

Photographer Carol Spencer said that “everything is negotiable at the right price, even life.” As a photojournalist for U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications, Spencer witnessed, wrote about and photographed the refugee camps of the Gaza strip, historic meetings between world leaders, the sea jacking of the Achille Lauro, and meetings between dignitaries such as Yassar Arafat, Anwar Sadat, Presidents Carter and Clinton, and King Hussein of Jordan. Since the death of Carol Spencer, her sister Ellen has presented her writings and photographs to audiences across the country as a testimony to the fact that the violence she witnessed is still having repercussions today.

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Danger Pay

Danger Pay: Memoir of a Photojournalist in the Middle East, 1984-1994

Ellen Spencer Susman spent 4 years editing her sister's memoir Danger Pay. Ellen's sister, Carol Spencer Mitchell, died from breast cancer in 2004.