Susan Goldsmith is a career investigative reporter who has worked for The Oregonian, New Times Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Daily News. She spent years researching shaken baby syndrome and that work is featured in the documentary The Syndrome.
At The Oregonian
, Goldsmith’s reporting on two different child abuse cases (Adrianna Romero Cram
and Jeanette Maples
) resulted in the state legislature passing two laws to better protect children in foster care and the Oregon governor issuing a moratorium on shipping children in the state’s foster care abroad.
Goldsmith exposed the tragic case of two 12-year-old boys in Oregon who were charged with five felony sex abuse counts each for playfully swatting the butts of girls in their middle school hallway. The story
caused a national uproar and prompted readers to send the boys $60,000 to fund their defense. The district attorney’s office eventually dropped all the charges against the seventh-graders.
As a staff writer at New Times Los Angeles
, she broke the story
that one of LA’s most prestigious law firms was using private in-house investigators to illegally spy on litigation opponents by obtaining their confidential health and financial records. Goldsmith uncovered documents that showed one large corporate client of the firm paid out an extra $58 million in a class action settlement to hide the illegal practices of its own lawyers.
Goldsmith exposed multiple safety hazards during the construction of the LA subway and her reporting about the first fatality on the project led to a $6 million settlement for the family of the dead tunneler.
Goldsmith’s exposé “Judge Dread” in New Times Los Angeles uncovered damning information about Judge Trammell and helped convince federal prosecutors to indict him after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office refused to prosecute him. Judge Trammell was convicted and sent to prison.
Susan did a year-long investigation for The Oregonian
into the Brad Holbrook case and found a lot of problems. Susan’s story
won best criminal justice story in the Northwest from Society of Professional Journalists. Her reporting led to an appellate law firm taking up Holbrook’s appeal pro bono. In 2017, after 15 years, he got post-conviction relief.
Goldsmith has won numerous state, regional and national journalism awards, including a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her reporting on child abuse.
A selection of awards:
Society of Professional Journalists, First Place, Pacific Northwest, Crime & Justice reporting, 2008 (The Trials of Brad Holbrook)
Society of Professional Journalists, First Place, Northern California, Feature Story, 2004 (Frank’s War)
Los Angeles Press Club Award, First Place, Hard News, 2002 (Federal Bureau of Violence)
Maggie Awards/Western Publications, First Place, Public Service, 2001 (A Terrible Thing to Waste)
California Newspaper Publishers Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 2000 (Rampart Rampage)
Association of Alternative Weeklies, First Place, Feature Story, 1999 (The Freak Who Stopped the Subway)
Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, 1998 (The Color of Love)
California Newspaper Publishers Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1997 (Subway Sacrifice)
California Newspaper Publishers Association, First Place, Feature Story, 1997 (Video Vultures)