Susan Page

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Susan Page
Page at CPAC in 2017
Page at CPAC in 2017
BornSusan Lea Page
(1951-02-12) February 12, 1951 (age 70)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Alma mater
(m. 1982)

Susan Lea Page[1] (born February 12, 1951) is an American journalist and biographer, and the current Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today.[2]

Early life[edit]

Page, a native of Wichita, Kansas, is a 1973 graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was editor-in-chief of the Daily Northwestern, and has a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Pulitzer Fellow.

As a child, Page had two passions: music and journalism. She began studying oboe in the third grade and played it in school orchestras throughout her public school education. She was also the editor-in-chief of her high school yearbook, The Hoofbeats, and served as a reporter and editor for her high school newspaper, The Stampede. She considered attending music school, but ultimately decided to pursue journalism school at Northwestern University.[3]


Page has covered six White House administrations and ten presidential elections, and interviewed nine presidents. She founded and hosts an award-winning video newsmaker series for USA Today, "Capital Download." She appears frequently on cable news networks as an analyst and often guest-hosted The Diane Rehm Show, which was syndicated on National Public Radio. She was the first woman to serve as music chairman of the Gridiron Club show and was the president of the club, the oldest association of journalists in Washington, in 2011. She was president of the White House Correspondents Association in 2000. She also served as chairman of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and has twice been a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.

External video
video icon Q&A interview with Page on The Matriarch, April 14, 2019, C-SPAN

Her first book was published in 2019, a biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush titled The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.[4] Also in 2019, she signed a deal to write a biography of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tentatively titled Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Arc of Power.[5] Page was selected as the moderator of the 2020 vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, which took place on October 7, 2020 in Salt Lake City.[6]

Page attracted scrutiny over her journalistic ethics when investigations revealed she had hosted off-the-record events for Trump administration officials like CMS Administrator Seema Verma.[7] USA Today defended her participation, claiming she put on the soirees for female officials of both parties.


She has won several awards for her work, including the Merriman Smith Memorial Award, the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award, the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency (twice) and the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Washington Correspondence (shared).

Personal life[edit]

In 1982, she married Carl Leubsdorf, syndicated columnist and former Washington Bureau Chief for The Dallas Morning News, in a non-denominational ceremony in Washington, D.C..[1]


  • The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty (Twelve, 2019) ISBN 978-1538713648
  • Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power (Twelve, 2021) ISBN 978-1538750698


  1. ^ a b "Carl P. Leubsdorf Weds Susan Page". The New York Times. May 23, 1982.
  2. ^ "Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today". USA Today Education. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief". USA Today Education. August 2004. Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ Boyle, Beth (October 7, 2020). "Who is Susan Page, the moderator of the Vice Presidential debate?". The Independent. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Axelrod, Tal (2019-01-22). "USA Today's Susan Page to write Pelosi biography". TheHill. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  6. ^ Segers, Grace (September 3, 2020). "Moderators named for 2020 presidential and vice presidential debates". CBS News. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  7. ^ Barr, Jeremy. "Susan Page of USA Today criticized for hosting off-the-record event honoring Trump appointees". Washington Post. Retrieved 28 December 2020.

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