Susan Mercandetti is Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships for ABC News. She rejoined the news division in May 2011 after serving as Executive Editor of The Random House Publishing Group for six years. While at Random House, she published major works of non-fiction including two No. 1 best-selling books, Wisdom of Our Fathers by Tim Russert and In an Instant by Lee and Bob Woodruff. Mercandetti edited numerous non-fiction writers, including Jacob Weisberg, Howard Fineman, Chris Matthews and Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Ingrassia and Kathleen Parker.
Prior to joining Random House Mercandetti was the senior editor for Miramax Books, where she was responsible for and helped edit a variety of best-selling books, including Ice Bound by Jerri Neilsen, which became an ABC Televison movie. In addition, she oversaw Leadership by Rudy Giuliani, Big Russ and Me by Tim Russert, Madame Secretary by Madeleine Albright and Leap of Faith by Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan. Before joining Miramax, Mercandetti was based in Washington, DC, where she was editor-at-large for The New Yorker magazine and Washington editor of Vanity Fair.
Prior to her work in print, Mercandetti spent over a decade as a television news producer. In the late ‘90s she helped launch an independent production company with Ted Koppel. Prior to that she was a producer for ABC News’ “Nightline” from its inception at the time of the Iran hostage crisis. During her tenure there, she won numerous prizes, including Emmys and duPont Columbia Awards. She also covered presidential campaigns, presidential economic summits, and traveled around the globe producing stories ranging from the Irish Republican Army and the election of Philippine President Corey Aquino to the marriage of Charles and Diana and an airline hijacking in Pakistan.
Mercandetti took leave of her position at “Nightline” on several occasions to produce long-form broadcasts. In 1985 she was the senior producer of the three-hour special program “45/85” (tracing the history of the United States from the end of World War II), as well as two hour-long specials on the presidency. She was also the senior producer of ABC’s “The Last Word.” She began her career at ABC News in 1978 as an associate producer for “Good Morning America.”
Before her career in television, Mercandetti served in the United States Senate as the press aide to former Senator Edward Brooke from Massachusetts. Her first job after graduating from the University of New Hampshire was in the White House, where she was editor of the White House News Summary under President Gerald R. Ford.
Mercandetti lives in New York City with her husband, Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, and their two children.
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