Susannah Nesmith is an award-winning freelance journalist and editor with more than 25 years of experience reporting around the world. Her work has appeared in Bloomberg News, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, AARP Bulletin and a variety of other publications.
She contributes to the legal team of Bloomberg News, covering court cases in South Florida. Before she began freelancing, she spent six years as a reporter for The Miami Herald, where she covered crime and legal affairs and edited part-time.
She also worked for The Palm Beach Post in the 1990s. Between her stints at Florida newspapers, Susannah lived abroad for five years, working as a freelance reporter in Bosnia-Hercegovina and as a staff writer for the Associated Press in the Dominican Republic and Colombia. She has covered wars, elections, civil conflicts and natural disasters in Iraq, Colombia, Haiti, Turkey, Venezuela, Florida and New Orleans. Susannah’s first job in journalism was at El Mercurio, Chile’s largest newspaper, where she worked during the first year of the democracy after Gen. Pinochet was ousted. At El Mercurio, she wrote in Spanish about everything from judicial reform to the death of the country’s only elephant. She is fluent in Spanish.
From 2009 to 2015, Susannah taught journalism at Barry University. She also advised the award-winning Barry Buccaneer. She served on the advisory board of the Student Press Law Center and has presented at the College Media Association annual conference. She is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Book Critics Circle.
Susannah recently completed her Masters in Fine Arts degree at Goucher College’s Creative Nonfiction program, where she won the Christine White Award for Literary Journalism for an excerpt of her manuscript on the kidnapping of Skeegie Cash. She is working on a book about that 1938 kidnapping in Princeton, Florida.
She lives in Miami with her husband, Chuck Rabin, their crazy mutt, Deena, their cross-eyed Colombian cat, Razzy, and sweet Sadie, the kitten. When she’s not writing, she can often be found in her back yard, trying to wrestle the Florida jungle into submission.