Susman is witnessing what she calls “one of the biggest, if not the biggest story of our generation as journalists.” She is chief of the Los Angeles Times’ Baghdad bureau, an appointment she received earlier this year. Her stories of U.S soldiers frustrated with their mission, and accounts from Iraqis who are living in nightmarish conditions, have elicited emotional feedback from readers back home.
“Almost every story I write, I get some kind of response,” Susman tells E&P. Such was the case following her frank report on Aug. 25, when Susman relayed the struggles of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. The polarized responses didn’t surprise her. “There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground on the topic of Iraq these days,” says Susman. “Whenever you write a story about it, you hear from both sides.” link