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ON THE GROUND, AND ON SCREEN


As a national correspondent for CNN, Susan Candiotti (BA ‘76) reports from wherever history is being made—from the Justice Department to the aftermath of natural disasters. Through accurate and compassionate reporting, she shows viewers what’s going on in the world and allows those involved to tell their stories.


FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Candiotti was born in Long Island, New York, and grew up there and in


Cleveland. She attended high school in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and then went to Loyola to pursue a degree in communication arts mass media. She was part of the honors program and spent a year at the John Felice Rome Center. She’s thankful to her parents for giving her these opportunities, which provided the foundation she needed and taught her to communicate with different kinds of people in different settings. “Loyola helped instill a sense of the world around me and helped me see


how each one of us can make a difference,” she says. After graduating, Candiotti spent four years in Binghamton, New York,


where she learned firsthand how to be a TV reporter. She then worked at a station in Buffalo, followed by two local stations in Miami. In 1994, CNN came calling, and she took a job in the network’s Miami bureau. During her 15 years in that bureau, Candiotti covered earthquakes,


hurricanes, political conflicts, economic issues, hostage takeovers, and plane crashes in Florida, Central and South America, and the Caribbean including Cuba. She traveled with US troops on a mission to Kuwait in 1998. On 9/11, Candiotti was in Miami. She quickly learned from her law en-


forcement sources that the hijackers had been living in the area, and she was the first reporter to break that part of the story. She spent weeks investigat- ing who they were and how they trained. A month later, she was sent to Washington, DC, to cover the Justice Department’s 9/11 investigation. In 2002, Candiotti’s CNN investigative team received a National Headliner


Award for continuing coverage of 9/11, one of several journalism honors throughout her career. In 2008, she transferred to the New York City bureau. She was the first CNN correspondent on the scene of the 2012 Sandy


Hook School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Candiotti says she tried to do her part, “by honoring those who were lost and talking to brave parents who wanted everyone to know what their children meant to them.” Candiotti says these stories stay with her long after they are regular


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