Susan Swain

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Susan Swain
Swain in 2015
Born (1954-12-23) December 23, 1954 (age 69)
Alma materUniversity of Scranton (BA)
Known forBroadcasting executive at C-SPAN

Susan Swain (born December 23, 1954) is an American journalist, author and the co-CEO of C-SPAN.[1]

Early years[edit]

Swain was born December 23, 1954, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Swain was educated in public schools in the Philadelphia area. Swain studied at the University of Scranton where she graduated with B.A. in communications. In 1999, the school awarded her an honorary doctorate.[citation needed]


Susan Swain with (from left) Rob Kennedy, co-CEO of C-SPAN, and network founder Brian Lamb in 2012

Swain started with C-SPAN in 1982. She began as a producer on a part-time basis when C-SPAN was just one channel. As time went on she graduated to other assignments, such as full-time producer, programmer, and moderator for Washington Journal, C-SPAN's morning call-in/interview program. Swain eventually was promoted to vice president of corporate communications, senior vice president, executive vice president. Swain became a director of Discovery Communications, Inc. on December 7, 2016.[2] With the retirement of network founder Brian Lamb, she is now co-president and CEO of C-SPAN.[3]

Retirement and leadership transition[edit]

On May 14, 2024, the C-SPAN board of directors announced that longtime CNN executive Sam Feist would become the new CEO. This announcement followed a national search initiated after Swain and Kennedy announced they would be retiring. Swain will stay on as CEO until Feist officially begins his duties in the summer of 2024.[4]


  • First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women (PublicAffairs)
  • The Supreme Court: A C-SPAN Book, Featuring the Justices in their Own Words (PublicAffairs)
  • Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President (PublicAffairs)
  • The presidents: Noted Historians Rank America's Best—and Worst—Chief Executives (PublicAffairs)


  1. ^ "Susan Swain". C-SPAN.
  2. ^ "Susan M Swain". Bloomberg.
  3. ^ "Susan Swain". National Press Foundation.
  4. ^ Jeremy Barr (May 14, 2024). "Sam Feist, longtime CNN executive, will become CEO of CSPAN". Washington Post.

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