Susan Tejada was the editor-in-chief of National Geographic World magazine, and the author/editor of several National Geographic Society books for young readers. Earlier in her career, she reported on environmental issues for
EPA Journal, and worked as
a photojournalist and photo researcher.
Tejada was awarded a fellowship by The Lilly Library of Indiana University to research archives relating to the Sacco-Vanzetti case. She has written about the women of the Sacco-Vanzetti case for the journal of the Istituto Storico della Resistenza in Cuneo, Italy. Her article presenting previously unknown details about Fred Moore, the original lead defense attorney for Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, appeared in the journal of the National Italian American Bar Association. She served as an advisor on the history of the case for an opera that premiered in Italy in 2018.
Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Tejada served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. She has taught non-fiction writing for young readers at the Highlights Foundation summer Writers’ Workshops in Chautauqua, New York.
Tejada is a die-hard fan of the Washington Capitals. She is immoderately proud of her own brief and not-very-shining season playing right wing on a novice (extremely novice) hockey team.
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