Susan Redden's award-winning reporting has prompted investigations into the operations of a former sheriff and a former public administrator. Redden was covering the Joplin City Council when the majority of the members resigned in the face of a recall election. She has covered almost every beat in the newsroom, but has spent most of her 34 years at The Joplin Globe covering government. She has covered city hall, the Joplin City Council, the Jasper County Commission, the city of Carthage, and the Globe's political beat.
Susan attended the College of the Ozarks, receiving a degree in mass communications. She was the editor of the college newspaper and worked in news at the college radio station, which was, at the time, a National Public Radio affiliate.
After college, she was hired by the Tri-Lakes Press in Branson and worked for newspapers there, eventually becoming the editor of the Branson Beacon Leader. Four years later, she was hired by The Joplin Globe..
Redden is a past recipient of Missouri Southern State University's Annie Baxter Women in Government Award.
She was married for 26 years to the late Wendell Redden, longtime sports editor of The Joplin Globe..