Susan Karol


Susan Karol is executive director for the Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation, a charitable trust that seeks to help community and suburban newspaper publishers meet the future communication needs of their changing communities through research and education.

Prior to joining SNA in fall 2006, Susan spent more than 18 years in the suburban newspaper industry, most recently as vice president of advertising and marketing with Pioneer Press Newspapers, publisher of 64 Chicago-area community newspapers, where she was responsible for all advertising, niche publishing and marketing for the newspaper division of the company. Karol previously had served as vice president of sales and marketing for Sun Publications, publisher of community newspapers and business and niche publications in the Kansas City market.

Karol earned her bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in communication studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a doctorate from Northwestern University with an emphasis in organizational and interpersonal communication.