Currently the Washington bureau chief of USA Today and a 1973 Medill graduate, Susan Page has covered six White House administrations and ten presidential elections. In recognition of her work, she's now getting Northwestern's 2019 Alumnae award.

“Every president I’ve interviewed has been smart, competitive, and driven,” Page said. “They’ve been suspicious of the reporters who cover them.”

Nevertheless, Page has won many journalism awards given for the coverage of White House and served as president of the White House Correspondents.

At Northwestern, she served as the editor-in-chief of The Daily Northwestern and engaged in various campus publications. After graduating from Northwestern, Page received a master’s degree from Columbia University and began working for Newsday and then USA Today.

Page said that she was glad to return to campus to receive this award after working in the Journalism industry for many years.

“My debt to Northwestern is deep,” Page said. “My years in Evanston broadened my horizons in ways I couldn’t have imagined when I moved into Shepard Hall my freshman year – the first time I had ever spent a night outside my native state of Kansas. To return to Evanston to receive this award is an honor I will treasure.”

Page’s recently published book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, is a New York Times bestseller. She is now working on a biography of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D – C.A.).

Established in 1976, the Alumnae Award has been given every year to an alumna who has had a significant impact in her field, bringing honor to Northwestern University through professional contributions and endeavors.  

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