Susan Slusser, Oakland Athletics beat reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, discusses sports journalism

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As the first woman to serve as president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Susan Slusser has learned how to succeed in the traditionally male-dominated field of sportswriting. Starting out as a radio and newspaper sports reporter in high school and college, Slusser has been interested in sports journalism since childhood.Susan Slusser

“From the age of 9, I wanted to be a baseball play-by-play announcer,” she said in an interview with, a site which provides information about the Oakland Athletics and the team’s minor league affiliates.

Though her first love has always been baseball, Slusser career is a testament to the need for flexibility in sports journalism. “There’s no way to be in mainstream sports media without doing everything, so I have. In terms of full-time beats, I’ve done college football and basketball and the NBA as well as baseball,” she explained.

Slusser, a Stanford graduate, started off her post-college career covering the Sacramento Kings for the Sacramento Bee and later the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Sentinel. She became a full-time baseball reporter in 1995, covering the Texas Rangers for the Dallas Morning News. Since 1999, Slusser has been the Oakland A’s beat reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, covering the team for 16 seasons.

Slusser was elected as vice president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in October 2011, and voted in as president the following year.

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