Susan Abbott

Senior Program Development Adviser for Internews

Susan Abbott works as a consultant for a variety of institutions involved in international media and civil society development work. She is the senior program development adviser for Internews. She works closely with the Annenberg School for Communication and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and with the Center for Media and Communication Studies in Budapest.

Abbott is a co-director of an annual summer school program at Central European University that seeks to improve practitioner and academic understanding on various matters of media development. Abbott is a co-editor of Measures of Press Freedom and Media Contributions to Development: Evaluating the Evaluators.

Abbott spent six years at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Center for Global Communication Studies. During this time, she worked closely with the Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University in Budapest, the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford and the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research in London. She managed the Annenberg sub-contract as part of the Jordan Media Strengthening Program, a five-year media development project implemented by IREX and funded by USAID, and the Sudan-based public opinion polling project Researching Attitudes Towards Peace and Conflict in Darfur.

Abbott was previously a program officer in the media development division at the International Research & Exchanges Board, in Washington, D.C., where she worked on the USAID-funded Serbia ProMedia program. Earlier in her career, she worked as an editor for the online journal Central Europe Review, and as a communications officer at the Media Institute in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. from American University and an M.A. from Central European University.

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