Susie Blair


The World

Susie Blair is formerly a Northeastern University co-op intern at PRI's The World.

I'm an undergraduate student at Northeastern University where I am pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism with a minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In 2014, I participated in a 6-month co-op program as The World's Digital Production Assistant. My first reporting position was as stringer for my tiny hometown's weekly paper, The Littleton Independent. After covering selectmen's and planning board meetings - where I was often the only attendee - I accepted a co-op position at The Boston Globe's North Metro bureau, where I continued to cover local news. In the Spring of 2013 I spent four months studying in London and fell in love with everything about the city.The World is my first foray into the realm of international news and I could not be more excited.In my free time, I can be found consuming useless pop culture trivia and playing music.

MSF staff working in Ramtha Hospital (Jordan, near the Syrian border), where war wounded patients from Syria are being treated. MSF medical staff is doing rounds in the wards. The girl photographed lost one leg due to artillery injury.

At a refugee hospital in Jordan, kids deal with war, resilience and friendship


In a town in Syria, two young boys were exploring outside when they found an electronic device. That device turned out to be an explosive, and they were badly wounded. Fortunately, they were quickly brought to a hospital in neighboring Jordan. But despite their dire circumstances, the two managed to persevere — while their friendship grew stronger than ever.

The World

‘My life in a nutshell is thoughts about sex every 9 seconds and being depressed every 12 seconds’

Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of military police during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in January 2002.

Here’s how some veterans feel about torture tactics

Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan gives an address in Little Rock, Arkansas Luncheon to celebrate the bicentennial of the Mexican Independence Wars and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution in 2010.

One of the world’s original digital diplomats says Twitter is an ‘unrivaled tool’ for foreign policy

Laborers work at a construction site in Doha on June 18, 2012.

Foreign workers face exploitation and death while building Qatar’s World Cup sites

A man uses his phone to read updates about former American NSA contractor Edward Snowden answering users' questions on Twitter.

To see the changes Edward Snowden wrought, just look at your smartphone


Edward Snowden’s biggest legacy may not come from changed laws or powers — it may just be the way that the debate over privacy has forced big companies like Apple and Google to safeguard its customers’ information in more ways.

Finance Minister — and national celebrity — Martin Lousteau arrives at the session of the Development Committee during the last day of the spring IMF-World Bank meeting.

Some of this country’s biggest celebrities are economists — really

Geo Quiz

For this Geo Quiz, we’re looking for the country whose economists are treated like rock stars.

Honduran musician Aurelio Martinez calls his latest album "pure Garifuna."

Music is a ‘weapon to make change’ for this Garifuna guitar player and activist


Growing up in a secluded village on the Honduran coast, Aurelio Martinez received most of his musical education from his mother. Now, the musician from a minority culture called the Garifuna is going back to those roots on his latest album “Landini,” while also fighting for the rights of his people.

Beachcomber and historian Tracy Williams discovered her first Tjipetir block in the summer of 2012. Now, she runs a Facebook group collecting photos and stories of other blocks that have washed up on beaches throughout northern Europe.

We finally know why these mysterious ‘Tjipetir blocks’ are washing up on European beaches


You never know what’s going to wash up on the beaches of Cornwall, England. In recent years, among the seaweed and driftwood, mysterious 100-year-old blocks of rubber have appeared. But an amateur historian from England might have cracked the case.

Vietnamese immigrants pray to a small shrine erected five years ago. The area was once littered, covered in graffiti, and a frequent stop for the city's public works department. But after one neighborhood resident placed the statue on the corner, local Vi

Can you name the West Coast city where a Buddhist shrine turned a neighborhood around?

Geo Quiz

In the American city we want you to name, a Buddha statue purchased at a hardware store managed to turn an eyesore of a street corner into a shrine and gathering place.