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K-State Today

July 13, 2017



Former New York Times editor to be professional-in-residence

By Jean Folkerts

Susan Edgerley, a former metro and assistant managing editor at The New York Times, will be a professional-in-residence with the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Division of Marketing and Communications at Kansas State University during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Edgerley graduated from K-State in 1976 with a double major in English and journalism and secondary school teacher certification.

"K-State prepared me well for my career, and I am excited to be part of the Miller School and to help prepare students for 21st-century careers," Edgerley said.

"We are delighted to have Susan with us," said Jean Folkerts, interim director of the school. "She will help us advance our news desk, designed to prepare students to develop stories across platforms, and will coach students in applying for scholarships, awards, internships and jobs. She will foster contacts with professionals in all fields."

"Susan is a consummate professional and will help us to increase the strategic capabilities of our staff in communicating with various publics," said Jeff Morris, vice president for communications and marketing at K-State.

After a succession of reporting and editing jobs at Kansas newspapers, Edgerley accepted a position as assignments editor with the Philadelphia Daily News. Four years later, she moved to The New York Times as a copy editor on the metro desk.

Climbing through the ranks, Edgerley was deputy metro editor on 9/11, coverage for which the paper won an unprecedented six Pulitzer Prizes. She went on to become metro editor at The Times, and then an assistant managing editor. In her last five years at the paper, she was dining editor, in charge of the paper's food coverage and restaurant and wine critics.

Since leaving The Times in September, Edgerley has been named director of operations and special projects at Wellness in the Schools, a national nonprofit based in Harlem that puts cooks and coaches in the public schools. She also is a board member of the Schlow Restaurant Group, where she is working to develop a fast-casual restaurant concept.