She graduated from Barnard College with a bachelor's degree, from University of Wisconsin–Madison, with an MS in 1999. In 2003, she started as a science reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She with Meg Kissinger investigated Bisphenol A. She is a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. Rust currently works as an environmental reporter at California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting.
- 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting finalist 
- 2008 George Polk Award
- 2008 John B. Oakes award for distinguished environmental reporting 
- Scripps Howard National Journalism award
- 2009 Grantham award of special merit 
- "Chemical Fallout", Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
- Journalist's Twitter
- "Exposé on the Journal: Chemicals In Our Food", Bill Moyers' Journal
- Bill Moyers: Transcript May 23, 2008
- "A talk with BPA muckraker Susanne Rust", MSU, April 7, 2009
- 2009 Grantham Prize Award Presentation to Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger Part 1 of 2
- "Science Suppressed: How America became obsessed with BPA"