Susan Headden is a contributing editor at Education Sector and is currently at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She has authored several original articles on salient education issues during her time at ES.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Headden has extensive experience in editing, investigative journalism and education writing. She spent many years at U.S. News & World Report, having served as assistant managing editor for national news, investigations, and education, and as managing editor of the magazine’s newsstand book division. Headden also supervised the magazine's annual "America's Best Leaders" project in collaboration with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Her recent writing has concentrated on educational issues, both in K–12 and higher education. For the Lumina Foundation, she has written about non-traditional post-secondary students and about college learning outcomes, assessment, and accountability. She has also done work for the National Assessment Governing Board, which develops the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Her many journalism awards include the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1991.
Headden holds a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University.