Susan Farkas, President of Farkas Media, has extensive experience as an international broadcast executive and journalist. She has launched TV and radio programs, supervised large staffs and overseen multimillion-dollar budgets. She has also produced and directed award-winning documentaries, feature segments, and training videos.
Most recently Susan was the head of Radio and Television for the United Nations. In that capacity, she started an award-winning magazine series, 21st Century, broadcast globally by dozens of major broadcasters, and a daily news satellite and online service distributing UN-system video to news organizations worldwide. Susan also initiated extensive revamping of the UN’s multimedia website and introduced the use of social media, including the UN Channel on YouTube, Facebook pages and Twitter.
Before joining the UN, Susan was an Executive Producer at NBC News. There she was part of the team that originated Dateline NBC, the network’s successful prime time magazine program. She has served as Senior Producer for Broadcast Standards, Executive Producer for News Documentaries, and Head of NBC Productions, a unit that produced videos for corporate clients. Susan began her work at NBC as a producer of short and long form documentaries. Her stories have garnered multiple awards, including six national Emmys, and the RFK Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged.
Susan began her career in her native Canada, working in both radio and television. She was the Executive Producer of three daily CBC radio shows, Senior Producer of CTV’s morning program, Canada AM, and a producer for CBC’s Fifth Estate magazine series. She moved to the United States when she was appointed to head the CBC’s New York office.
Susan teaches Broadcast Production at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. She and Professor Fred Kaufman also conduct media training workshops. Clients of Farkas Media include Al Jazeera America, UNHCR, Jamestown Properties, UNTV, IRIN News and the BBC.
Susan speaks French, Spanish and Hungarian. She and her husband History Professor Richard K. Lieberman live in New York and have one son. Susan recently published a 6000-word memoir: Gold Buttons: On Being a Child of the Holocaust.