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Michigan State University alumna Susan Goldberg is the first woman to serve as editor in chief of National Geographic magazine, and she spoke to graduates at MSU’s 2015 fall commencement ceremonies. She was honored to speak at her alma mater.

“MSU gave me the opportunity to succeed,” Goldberg says. “I had all the training I needed so that when somebody opened a door, I could walk through it and be successful.”

Saying “yes” and taking smart risks are part of the message Golberg hopes she left with the MSU grads.

Susan Goldberg has been editor of National Geographic magazine since April 2014. And she’s just the 10th editor of the magazine since it was published in October 1888.

“We get to handle the most fascinating content in the entire world.”

Goldberg says the field of journalism “has undergone enormous change over the last 20 years. Everything about how we gather and disseminate information has changed, but also the business model that supports our journalism has been very much affected in a negative way. And it is only just now starting to get rebuilt as we figure out how to monetize our content on digital platforms.”

Goldberg established a scholarship at MSU and she’s a member of MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences Alumni Board of Directors.

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