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Susan Sipprelle
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Susan M. Sipprelle is a multimedia journalist and founder of Tree of Life Productions, LLC, producer of the award-winning documentary Set for Life and the online project Over 50 and Out of Work.

Susan has appeared on CNN/HLN Making it in America and ABC News@Work with Tory Johnson and has been interviewed on CBS News and Growing Bolder radio shows about Over 50 and Out of Work, which has also been featured in the New York Times,, the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, The Nation, and the Oregonian. In June 2011, Susan testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee about the project’s findings.

Susan writes a regular column for and has also published articles in the Huffington Post, and the New York Times.

Susan graduated with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2008, with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1991 and cum laude from Williams College in 1980. She lives in the New York metropolitan area, but grew up in Rhode Island. She and her husband, Dwight, have five children

Blog Entries by Susan Sipprelle

The Fate of a Hardworking American Man

(43) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 10:08 AM

Joe Price, 53, a former steelworker from Weirton, W.V., is one of the main characters in Set for Life, an award-winning documentary that follows three Baby Boomers who struggle to recover after losing their jobs in the Great Recession. When the film was completed in 2012, Price had been...

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Unemployment: 'Set For Life' Looks At Laid Off Boomers

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I thought I was set for life is the most common phrase I heard in interviews with older Americans who lost their jobs as a result of the recent recession. Over their careers, they had received promotions, praise, and bonuses from companies such as AT&T, Panasonic, Pfizer, and Weirton Steel....

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Where is My American Dream?

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 12:35 PM

On Thursday, Oct. 13, Over 50 and Out of Work went to Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park. We filmed the chaotic scene of occupiers, protestors, opportunists, capitalists, police, journalists and artists and interviewed several participants in the movement.

"Where is my American Dream?"

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Citizens First, Consumers Second

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 10:33 AM

As we head toward the end of the week when the government will release July's employment data, the economy, we now know, grew only 0.4 percent in the first quarter of 2011, rather than 1.9 percent, as reported previously. Overhanging this dismaying news, the acrimony of the debt ceiling crisis...

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