News Photographer magazine, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
Editor, Creative Director
Sue has been an advocate for visual journalism as a picture editor, designer, art director and newsroom leader. She believes that anyone can lead from wherever they are.
She has worked as a photo editor and manager at some of the best newspapers in the country: San Jose Mercury News, Tampa Bay Times, The Sacramento Bee, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Boston Globe. During her tenure as Assistant Managing Editor for photography at the Times, the photo staff was recognized with numerous awards for photography and editing in Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, and Society of News Design, winning Picture Editing Team Portfolio in POYi. She edited and designed The Bee's 2007 Pulitzer Prize feature photography winning entry “A Mother’s Journey.”
She was the visiting professional for E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in 2017-18 and has lectured at The Poynter Institute, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and NPPA-related seminars and contests. Since 1994, she has been a faculty and board member with The Kalish picture editing workshop and served as director 2011-13 and 2021-22.
She has been a judge for POYi, BOP, SND, the WHNPA, MPPA, and the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
Sue earned an MA from the School of Visual Communication in Athens as the Knight Fellow at Ohio University 2010-11. During that time she produced the short documentary “Born to Die” borntodie.org about horse rescue at Last Chance Corral. Expansion of the film continues.
In 2019, Sue and her husband, Michael Rondou, relocated to Athens, Ohio, to live in the woods with their three cats. She is the editor/designer of the NPPA’s News Photographer zine, Best of Photojournalism annual book. She loves cycling, tap dancing and is addicted to Spelling Bee, the NYT game app. Occasionally, she teaches as an adjunct at Ohio University.