Reporter & Author
Susan Stellin is a reporter and the author of Chancers, a dual memoir written with her husband Graham MacIndoe about his struggle with heroin addiction, arrest, and incarceration—first at Rikers Island and then five months in immigration detention, where he was held while he was fighting a deportation order. It was published by Random House – Ballantine Books in 2016.
Susan is currently an adjunct professor in the Journalism + Design department at The New School, teaching a course on Ethics and the History of Media, and recently completed a master's degree in public health at Columbia University. She and Graham have collaborated on several projects combining interviews and photography, including Coming Clean, a series that was first published in New York magazine and The Guardian and later exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. They co-curated the exhibition Beyond Addiction: Reframing Recovery, including work by a dozen contributing artists and student projects addressing the process of recovering from addiction, which was shown in New York City in April, 2019.
In 2014, Susan and Graham were awarded a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation for their project American Exile, photos and interviews documenting the stories of immigrants who have been ordered deported from the United States. That project was exhibited at Photoville in New York City in 2015 and at the Head On photo festival in Sydney, Australia in 2016.
As a reporter, Susan has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times for more than 15 years, primarily covering the travel industry, transportation security, technology, and the Internet. She has also written for New York magazine, The Guardian, TheAtlantic.com, The Los Angeles Times, The Marshall Project, Nieman Reports, Travel + Leisure, Fast Company, Real Simple, Consumer Reports, and many other publications. Her first book, How to Travel Practically Anywhere, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2006. She has been a guest on radio and television programs including All Things Considered, The Leonard Lopate Show, The Diane Rehm Show, On the Media, and the BBC and gave a talk about addiction, incarceration, and recovery at TEDxStanford 2017.
During the late 1990s, Susan was the CyberTimes Deputy Editor for The New York Times, assigning and editing articles about the Internet and new technologies. Previously, she worked as an editor for CNET in San Francisco, helping develop one of the first websites to publish articles about computers and digital life exclusively online.
Susan has a B.A. in political science from Stanford University and spent two years after college teaching English and writing in Buenos Aires, Argentina.