Susie Cagle

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Susie Cagle
BornStamford, Connecticut

Susie Cagle is an American journalist and editorial cartoonist whose work has appeared in The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Awl, GOOD, and others.[1] Cagle is based in Oakland, California.

She has reported on subjects including the experience of living in California's "wildfire country" and the effect of climate change on drought cycles,[2] Drug Enforcement Administration raids of California medical marijuana facilities,[3] the emergence of "sharing economy" start-up companies as a form of "disaster capitalism,"[4][5][6] and the Occupy Oakland portion of Occupy Wall Street.

Early life and education[edit]

Cagle is the daughter of editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle.[7] She went to high school in Calabasas, California, and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies (2005) and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (2006).[8]


She was a cartoonist at The San Francisco Appeal from 2010 to 2011, and later worked as a staff writer and illustrator at Grist.[9]

Despite holding a press pass while covering Occupy Oakland, Cagle was arrested on two separate occasions—making her the first professional journalist to be arrested more than once while covering Occupy-related events.[10] After her first arrest, the Society of Professional Journalists sent a letter to the Oakland Police Department condemning the action.[11] Her second arrest occurred during a kettle at an Occupy Oakland event.[12] At the time, she carried an active press credential from the Freelancers' Guild and an expired press credential issued by the Oakland Police Department.[10]

Cagle's work was the subject of a solo show at San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum in 2012.[8] She was selected by the International Women's Media Foundation for a 2013 Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier grant.[13]

She has a John S. Knight Journalism fellowship at Stanford University for 2015-16, with a focus on "How can we better support the growing field of professional media freelancers?"[14]


  1. ^ "Susie Cagle - The Atlantic". The Atlantic. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  2. ^ Shapiro, Ari (4 June 2013). "When It Snows Ash: Life In Wildfire Country". Talk Of The Nation. National Public Radio. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  3. ^ Jardin, Xeni (10 August 2012). "Down in Smoke: through comics, Susie Cagle chronicles the DEA raids on medical marijuana facilities in California". Boing Boing. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  4. ^ Le Tellier, Alexandra (5 June 2014). "The sharing economy isn't 'collaborative consumption,' it's 'disaster capitalism'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  5. ^ Brancaccio, David (1 July 2014). "When the 'sharing economy' doesn't really play fair". American Public Media. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  6. ^ Foremski, Tom (3 June 2014). "The 'sharing economy' that doesn't exist". ZDNET. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  7. ^ Hochberg, Adam. "Cartoonist Susie Cagle released from jail after 14 hours following Occupy Oakland arrest," (Nov. 3, 2011).
  8. ^ a b "Small Press Spotlight on Susie Cagle". Cartoon Art Museum. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  9. ^ Tornoe, Rob (12 February 2013). "Digital Publishing: Visual Storytelling Does More Than Entertain". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  10. ^ a b Cavna, Michael (31 January 2012). "OCCUPY OAKLAND: After 2nd arrest, comics journalist Susie Cagle shares her on-the-ground experience". Washington Post. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  11. ^ Cagle, Daryl (12 December 2011). "Charges Still Pending Against Susie Cagle". MSNBC. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  12. ^ Osborn, John (1 February 2012). "How I Got Arrested at Occupy Oakland". East Bay Express. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  13. ^ Luhmann, Erin (29 March 2013). "Women Entrepreneurs in Digital News – Susie Cagle". International Women's Media Foundation. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  14. ^ Dalton, Meg (May 7, 2015). "Meet the New Class of Stanford Knight Fellows for 2015-16 | Idea Lab". Retrieved 2015-09-08.

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