Susie Cagle

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Susie Cagle
Susie Cagle.jpg
Born Stamford, Connecticut
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist

Susie Cagle is an American journalist and editorial cartoonist whose work has appeared in The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Awl, GOOD, and others.[1] Cagle is based in Oakland, California.

She has reported on subjects including the experience of living in California's "wildfire country" and the effect of climate change on drought cycles,[2] Drug Enforcement Administration raids of California medical marijuana facilities,[3] the emergence of "sharing economy" start-up companies as a form of "disaster capitalism,"[4][5][6] and the Occupy Oakland portion of Occupy Wall Street.

Early life and education[edit]

Cagle is the daughter of editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle.[7] She went to high school in Calabasas, California, and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies (2005) and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (2006).[8]


She was a cartoonist at The San Francisco Appeal from 2010 to 2011, and later worked as a staff writer and illustrator at Grist.[9]

Despite holding a press pass while covering Occupy Oakland, Cagle was arrested on two separate occasions—making her the first professional journalist to be arrested more than once while covering Occupy-related events.[10] After her first arrest, the Society of Professional Journalists sent a letter to the Oakland Police Department condemning the action.[11][dead link] Her second arrest occurred during a kettle at an Occupy Oakland event.[12] At the time, she carried an active press credential from the Freelancers' Guild and an expired press credential issued by the Oakland Police Department.[10]

Cagle's work was the subject of a solo show at San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum in 2012.[8] She was selected by the International Women's Media Foundation for a 2013 Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier grant.[13]

She has a John S. Knight Journalism fellowship at Stanford University for 2015-16, with a focus on "How can we better support the growing field of professional media freelancers?"[14]


  1. ^ "Susie Cagle - The Atlantic". The Atlantic. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Shapiro, Ari (4 June 2013). "When It Snows Ash: Life In Wildfire Country". Talk Of The Nation (National Public Radio). Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Jardin, Xeni (10 August 2012). "Down in Smoke: through comics, Susie Cagle chronicles the DEA raids on medical marijuana facilities in California". Boing Boing. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Le Tellier, Alexandra (5 June 2014). "The sharing economy isn't 'collaborative consumption,' it's 'disaster capitalism'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Brancaccio, David (1 July 2014). "When the 'sharing economy' doesn't really play fair". When the 'sharing economy' doesn't really play fair (American Public Media). Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Foremski, Tom (3 June 2014). "The 'sharing economy' that doesn't exist". ZDNET. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Hochberg, Adam. "Cartoonist Susie Cagle released from jail after 14 hours following Occupy Oakland arrest," (Nov. 3, 2011).
  8. ^ a b "Small Press Spotlight on Susie Cagle". Cartoon Art Museum. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Tornoe, Rob (12 February 2013). "Digital Publishing: Visual Storytelling Does More Than Entertain". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Cavna, Michael (31 January 2012). "OCCUPY OAKLAND: After 2nd arrest, comics journalist Susie Cagle shares her on-the-ground experience". Washington Post. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Cagle, Daryl (12 December 2011). "Charges Still Pending Against Susie Cagle". MSNBC. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Osborn, John (1 February 2012). "How I Got Arrested at Occupy Oakland". East Bay Express. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Luhmann, Erin (29 March 2013). "Women Entrepreneurs in Digital News – Susie Cagle". International Women's Media Foundation. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Dalton, Meg (May 7, 2015). "Meet the New Class of Stanford Knight Fellows for 2015-16 | Idea Lab". Retrieved 2015-09-08. 

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