Susan Fales-Hill began her writing career as an apprentice on the original Cosby Show. After two years on staff, she was transferred to the show’s spin-off, A Different World as a Story Editor. Three years later, in 1990, she became Co-Executive Producer/Head Writer. Under Susan's stewardship, A Different World was nominated for the prestigious Humanitas Award. In November 1995, Susan became Executive Producer of the CBS sitcom, Can't Hurry Love. The following year, under contract with Warner Brother Studios, she served first as Executive Producer of the family-oriented situation comedy, Kirk, then as a Consulting Producer on the television series Suddenly Susan. In 1998 Susan co-created with Tim Reid the Showtime original series Linc's and served for two seasons as its Executive Producer/Head Writer. Susan is the recipient of the Producer’s Guild of America’s Nova award, a “Special Recognition Award” from the Friends of the Black Emmy’s, and the Excellence and Heritage Award from Dillard University.
Susan has written several magazine articles that have appeared in Town & Country, Vogue, Glamour, American Heritage, Ebony, Essence, Avenue, and Travel and Leisure. Her article for Vogue about growing up bi-racial, entitled “My Life in Black and White,” was reprinted in Vogue Español, and has been used as a teaching piece by a number of universities.
In 2003, Susan published Always Wear Joy (HarperCollins). The memoir was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction. It was an Atlanta Daily Choice Awards winner, and received a starred review from Kirkus. In 2008, Susan completed and sold her debut novel, One Flight Up, which is scheduled for publication by Atria/Simon & Schuster in 2010.
Susan serves on the boards of the Studio Museum of Harlem, and American Ballet Theatre where she was recently elected Vice Chair. From 2004-2007, Susan Co-chaired the ABT Spring Gala, an event which draws twelve hundred of New York’s leaders in the fields of finance, business, media and philanthropy. In 2006, Susan helped the organization set a new fundraising record for the twenty-year old event.
She introduced Gwen Ifill at The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama event at The Common Good in 2009.