Susan Bradford
Journalist, Author, Ghost Writer 
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 improper 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 broke the story that Congressman Dale Kildee, the founding Chairman of the Congressional Native American Caucus and Congressional Automotive Caucus, announced his retirement after his relatives filed a complaint against him for child molestation, spurring the termination of the House Page Program which he oversaw. The story generated national headlines.

Susan has written a number of other fiction and nonfiction books, which are available on Amazon, including the Full Court Press, which reveals how the Bush Administration managed the media in the lead up to the War on Iraq (foreword by CBS Foreign Correspondent Tom Fenton), the Tribes that Rockefeller Built (which reveals the financial and political relationships among the tribes), The War on Women (which documents how neoconservatives debase women and pervert gender relations), and the Emily Cavendish fiction series. 

A direct descendant of the Pilgrims, she also wrote an expose on the United Church of Christ, a denomination founded by her grandfather, Judge William Dixon, revealing how the church transformed into a political machine in violation of the vision and principles of the UCC's founders. Known as the church of the Pilgrims, the UCC is an amalgamation of the Reformed, Congregational, and Evangelical churches which was intended to unite the Christian denominations under the leadership of Christ as a spiritual complement of the United Nations, which was created to project Western values of democracy, rule of law, and human rights throughout the globe. The descendants of the UCC were active in the underground railroad that led slaves to freedom during the Civil War. While the UCC was active in the Civil Rights Movement, its antecedents were aligned with the French Hugenots such as Pastor Andre Trocme, whose faith and spirituality provided a refuge and protection for the Jews against Nazi persecution under the Vichy regime.  Among the UCC's prominent members are President Barack Obama, Bill Moyers, Jeffrey Lord, and the Rockefellers. 

As an undergraduate, Susan interned for CBS-TV's national bureau in Los Angeles, hosted and executive producer "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 for the European Union. Susan was also publications coordinator for the European Movement's London Strategy Group, Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of the UK, Essex representative to the NATO Universities Advisory Committee and attended conferences for the Standing Conference of Atlantic Organizations  and Atlantic Treaty Organization throughout Europe. 

A versatile communicator, Susan was speech writer for UK Shadow Foreign Secretary Michael Howard and Korean Ambassador Sung Chul Yang. She also 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