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 was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. Rust currently works at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she directs the Energy and Environment Reporting Project. She was an environmental reporter at California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting until 2014.
- 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 
- Rust, Susanne, Cary Spivak and Meg Kissinger (Nov 25, 2007). "Are your products safe? You can't tell". Journal-Sentinel. Milwaukee.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- Rust, Susanne, Cary Spivak and Meg Kissinger (Dec 2, 2007). "Bisphenol A is in you". Journal-Sentinel. Milwaukee.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- Rust, Susanne (Sep 2013). "See a fish think". The Crux. Discover. 34 (7): 16.
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- Journalist's Twitter
- "Chemical Fallout", a series of articles from Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, to many of which Rust contributed.
- "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"