Award-winning NBC San Diego news anchor Susan Taylor is joining Scripps Health in a role focused on representing Scripps to community and patient groups and leaders throughout the region. As executive director of external affairs, Taylor will play an active and critical role in raising awareness and understanding in support of Scripps programs, facilities, and services throughout the region and in educating a broad range of audiences about the significant changes under way in health care locally and nationally.
“Susan Taylor is a talented communicator with the ability to captivate audiences and who has personal experience navigating the health care system,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “Scripps is fortunate and proud that someone of Susan’s talent and integrity has chosen to join our organization.”
Taylor recently announced her retirement from NBC San Diego after almost 16 years as the weekday evening news anchor. She will join Scripps in mid-January.
“I’m humbled and honored to join Scripps Health, one of the country’s leading health care systems,” said Taylor. “It is an exciting time to join Scripps as it invests in new health care facilities and innovative technologies across the region, with the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute as the cornerstone. Heart care is very personal to me, as Scripps saved my father’s life three years ago following complicated open heart surgery. The people who work at Scripps are leaders and innovators who show unwavering respect and sensitivity to patients and their families. I’m awed by their talent, dedication and compassion, and look forward to being part of their team."
New England native, Taylor began her career as a writer and associate producer for the ABC TV station in Boston. Prior to San Diego, she worked for television stations in Edmonton, Hartford, Miami, Dallas and Los Angeles. During her career as a broadcast journalist, Taylor covered the O.J. Simpson trial, the downfall of Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, the Super Bowl riots in Miami, the Northridge earthquake, and the 2003/2007 wildfires in San Diego. She also returned with troops from Iraq as they sailed into San Diego Bay on-board the final voyage of the aircraft carrier USS Constellation before it was decommissioned. Taylor, who has interviewed prime ministers and Nobel Peace Prize winners, has been repeatedly honored for her work, including numerous Emmys and other broadcasting accolades.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and film from Boston University.
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