Susan Bradford
Investigative Journalist, Author
Reporting with Integrity

 
 

"(Susan's book on Jack Abramoff) is a fascinating story.... 

I’m heartened to know that there is still good quality investigative journalism out there."

St. Martin’s Press

 

A Washington, DC-based investigative reporter and author, Susan Bradford holds a BA in English from UC Irvine and an MA in International Relations from the University of Essex. She spent her junior year abroad studying at the University of St. Andrews.  

Susan is the author of Lynched! The Shocking Story of How the Political Establishment Manufactured a Scandal to Have Republican Superlobbyist Jack Abramoff Removed from Power, which was based upon over four years of research and hundreds of interviews with primary and secondary sources. Susan uncovered the complete story of how Abramoff was set up for wrongful prosecution through a conspiracy hatched by the Washington Post, tribal dissidents, and rival lobbyists on behalf of MGM/GM Casinos and related interests. The conspiracy played out in Sen. John McCain's Indian Affairs Committee hearings and was coordinated by lobbyist and McCain fundraiser Scott Reed, an advisor for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and crony capitalist who was coveting Abramoff's business. Susan's research and exculpatory evidence was used by Abramoff's attorney, Abbe Lowell, and delivered by a Saginaw Chippewa Indian at the lobbyist's sentencing hearing in 2008. 

Susan consulted the Saginaw Chippewa Indians on their proposed federal investigation into McCain's hearings and the corruption within their membership rolls and constitutional revision. She also provided  consultation and research support to Congressman Tom DeLay's lobbying campaign on the prosecution of  Dutch Secretary General of the Ministry of Security and Justice Joris Demmink over the official's alleged exploitation of children, along with advice and counsel to government contractors and whistleblowers throughout Indian Country.

Susan has written a number of fiction and nonfiction books, which are available on Amazon, including the Full Court Press (foreword by CBS Foreign Correspondent Tom Fenton), the Tribes that Rockefeller Built, The War on Women, The United Church of Heist, and the Emily Cavendish fiction series. 

As an undergraduate, Susan interned for CBS-TV's national bureau in Los Angeles, hosted and executive produced "Witness the News" foreign affairs/political cable television news show, edited the New University, and served as editor-in-chief of Gandalf's Gazette. As a postgraduate, she founded and edited the European Review, which became the departmental publication for the Centre for European Studies at Essex University. As Editor, she covered the Britain in the World conference, an anti-NATO debate in the Russian state Duma, and the Council of Madrid summit which launched the euro. In addition to soliciting and editing manuscripts from leading heads of state and academics, she interviewed such luminaries as Baron Robert Rothschild on his vision to establish a European common market.  

During her stint in the UK, Susan was liaision officer for the European Society, publications coordinator for the European Movement's London Strategy Group, Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of the UK, and Essex representative to the NATO Universities Advisory Committee. She also participated in a number of conferences for the Standing Conference of Atlantic Organizations and Atlantic Treaty Organization throughout Europe and attended NATO briefing sessions in Brussels. 

Susan has served as speech writer for UK Shadow Foreign Secretary Michael Howard and Korean Ambassador Sung Chul Yang and worked as news writer for KNX (CBS) radio news, reporter for City News Service, freelance producer for the Fox News Channel, and Assignments Editor for the Voice of America. As production assistant for the PBS Red Car Film Project, she interviewed the leading federal attorney who prosecuted Standard Oil, General Motors, et al before the U.S. Supreme Court  for conspiring to sabotage the Red Car rail system in California.  

Susan's articles have appeared in Organizational Trends, the Washington Times, UN Vision, and the European Review. Her blog has been reposted on MichaelSavage.com, The Ron Paul presidential site, The Center for Responsive Politics, The Sonoran Alliance, Smart Girl Politics, Original Pechanga, Indianz.com, TurningPointUSA, OpenSecrets.org, and elsewhere. She has appeared on the BBC and on numerous radio programs and hosts Beyond the Beltway for the USA Talk Radio Network.

Her biography is maintained in Marquis' Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who Among American Women.   

Email: susan@susanbradford.org