Greetings–nice to meet you.

My name is Susan Gregory Thomas. I have written for a living since I was 19 years old, and it’s not an easy gig. Having said that, I’ve really lucked out.
Susan Gregory ThomasOver the course of quarter century career in journalism and writing, I have written for the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Time, More, Marie Claire, Glamour, Philadelphia Magazine, and others, as well as serving as an on-air contributor to MSNBCCBS, ABC’s Nightline, public television, NPR, and others. In the 1990′s, I was co-host and writer on public television’s “Digital Duo,” a Siskel and Ebert show for the tech age (they did “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”; we did “save” or “delete.”)

I have written two books (In Spite of Everything: A Memoir, Random House, 2011; Buy, Buy Baby: How Consumer Culture Manipulates Parents and Harms Young Minds, Houghton Mifflin, 2007), launched the Web versions of Time Inc.’s flagship magazines, developing original cable television series, and am active in social media and blogging.

I graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University, with a B.A. and the English Department Award for Critical Writing. Having lived in New York for nearly 25 years, I now live in Philadelphia with my husband and three children.

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  1. Susan – Thank you for shedding light on exploding college tuition costs “Debt and Despair” . My husband and I are about to feel the crushing burden of college loan debt with our oldest son who begins his undergraduate studies at Temple this fall. My brother and I attended college in Philadelphia in the ’80′s. We graduated debt free and my parents were able to afford college on one salary, no loans. Both alma mater schools – Temple and Chestnut Hill College have seen tuition rates balloon to 5 and 6 x the amount today over rates in the late ’80′s. It’s unthinkable My husband works 2 jobs and I had the 3rd job before being laid off 4 months ago (still unemployed); even with a small college savings plan for our son, we’re still looking at student loans and possibly parent plus loan or do we borrow against our 401K or our home’s equity. $1.2 trillion in student loan debt in the country with Pennsylvania an embarrassing # 2 in student loan debt; 1120% increase in college tuition since 1978, 68% of students at our public universities not graduating because they run our of money. This is unconscionable. I’d like to talk more about this issue. I have already reached out to my State Senator who also serves on Temple’s Board and requested they NOT increase tuition another 3-5% and look at increasing the state’s contribution to higher education. As a community organizer, this is an issue that I believe needs to be front and center in this year’s gubernatorial election. How best could I reach you? BTW, Ivory Tower documentary hits theaters Friday, June 13th and spotlights the broken higher ed system and student loan debt crisis. Thank you, Karen Lash, Philadelphia, Pa.

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