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National Geographic editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg speaks at City Club: Watch live

June 20, 2018

National Geographic editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg speaks at City Club: Watch live

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The City Club of Cleveland welcomes National Geographic editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg today to discuss the importance of diversity in storytelling.

Since 1888, National Geographic’s photos and stories have exposed readers to new places and cultures, but, in doing so, it also contributed to furthering racial stereotypes, according to a report from a University of Virginia researcher.

In April of this year, the magazine - led by Goldberg, who edited The Plain Dealer from 2007 to 2010 - dedicated an entire issue to race and acknowledged its history of racist reporting, including its subject matter and photography. 

“I’m the tenth editor of National Geographic since its founding in 1888. I’m the first women and the first Jewish person - a member of two groups that also once faced discrimination here. It hurts to share the appalling stories from the magazine’s past,” Goldberg wrote. “But when we decided to devote our April magazine to the topic of race, we thought we should examine our own history before turning our reportorial gaze to others.” 

 Watch live in the video player above at 12:30 p.m.