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The Art of the Profile with Susan Orlean

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Uploaded on Apr 27, 2011

Moderated by Dana Goodyear, MPW faculty member and New Yorker staff writer. She also is co-founder of Figment.com.

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, and has written profiles, Reporter at Large, columns, Talk of the Town, and Popular Chronicles on subjects ranging from taxidermy to umbrella inventors to figure skater Tonya Harding. Prior to joining The New Yorker, Orlean was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and at Vogue, where she wrote about figures in both the music and fashion industries. She has also contributed to Esquire, Smithsonian, and New York Times Magazine. In addition to her magazine work, Orlean is the author of seven books including My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who¹s Been Everywhere; The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People; Saturday Night; and Lazy Little Loafers. In 1999, she published The Orchid Thief, a best-selling narrative about orchid poachers in Florida. The Orchid Thief was made into the movie, "Adaptation," written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. She has just completed a cultural biography of the dog actor Rin Tin Tin, which will be published in fall 2011. Susan received her B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan in 1976 and attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow in 2004. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and son.

For more information on the MPW program, visit: http://dornsife.usc.edu/mpw

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