A journalism graduate of Indiana University, Susan Duerksen was a newspaper reporter for 24 years. As a writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, she primarily covered healthcare and medical news. Before joining CPI in 2006, she earned a Master in Public Health degree from San Diego State University and worked as a public health researcher for four years, with a focus on policy and community changes to prevent childhood obesity. Susan also served as volunteer co-director of the San Diego chapter of Health Care for All, a group supporting state legislation for single-payer health care. She is a cofounder of Women Occupy San Diego and an active member of Showing Up for Racial Justice San Diego. In her spare time, Susan is a certified instructor of Nia, a dance fitness program.