Suzette Hackney, USA TODAY

Suzette Hackney


Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Past articles by Suzette:

'I just hope that he's always confident': Raising LBGTQ+ kids to be strong, successful

More parents than ever are raising LBGTQ+ kids – and 'reintroducing' their children to loved ones. It comes with an emotional learning curve. → Read More

Lack of details around FBI's search of Trump's home is maddening. It's also the process.

There is a legal process, a window where we are kept in the dark, until court documents and investigative reports are made available. Let it work. → Read More

'They left us at the disposal of a predator': How the FBI failed US gymnasts

The immediate emotional and physical safety of any person should be a top priority, particularly for law enforcement officials. → Read More

Simone Biles is an inspiration, whether competing or ‘pushing mental health to the forefront’

Biles, the most accomplished gymnast, sent an enormous message to women when withdrawing from events for her mental health: It’s OK to be vulnerable. → Read More

Melinda French Gates: Courage is ‘using your voice’ to push for necessary but controversial change

Her compassion and selflessness are palpable. She doesn't look at worth as her personal fortune but in terms of helping others find their own worth. → Read More

After developing a COVID-19 vaccine, scientist continues to research, educate about vaccines

Her team developed and evaluated the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine. Now she sees her role as a communicator around the science. → Read More

The Biden burden: low approval ratings, soaring inflation and a COVID-19 culture war

The USA TODAY Editorial Board asked experts from the left and right to assess Biden's performance in key areas. → Read More

Every workplace has a Jon Gruden. Corporate America can do better.

There is, and should be, a higher standard in corporate America. Gruden's level of vitriol and bigotry cannot be tolerated at work. → Read More

More than 710 Indigenous people vanished where Gabby Petito's body was found. Cry for them too.

In 2020, 543,018 individuals were reported missing, 40% people of color. What are their names? We've been here before: "missing white woman syndrome." → Read More

Our eyes don't deceive us: The men are fleeing Afghanistan. Where are all the women?

The sad scenes of desperate evacuations foreshadow the painful reality that women in Afghanistan are being left behind, unprotected from the Taliban. → Read More

First George Floyd, now her uncle: Darnella Frazier grieves another Black man killed by police

Darnella Frazier, the teenage bystander who filmed the murder of George Floyd, has experienced enough trauma to last a lifetime. → Read More

Simone Biles is a role model for prioritizing her own mental health over an Olympic medal

Athletes rely on their families for support in stressful situations. But the Olympic stands are empty for COVID, removing a source of reassurance. → Read More

FBI allows sexual predator Nassar to go unchecked. His survivors must process another painful betrayal.

This wasn't a case of mishandling an investigation. This wasn't an evidence snafu. FBI agents just didn't do their jobs. Let's start believing women. → Read More

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay creates family initiative to raise awareness of mental health disorders

Kicking the Stigma raised more than $4.5 million to help generate awareness about mental health disorders and expand treatment options and resources. → Read More

In Minneapolis, healing after Chauvin conviction, 'I hope that the world is watching us'

Derek Chauvin is going to prison. George Floyd is still dead. The systems that contributed to his death remain. There is much work to do in America. → Read More

Derek Chauvin is guilty of murdering George Floyd. Black lives do matter — this is history for America

I was here to do my job but it felt like my chest was going to explode.See, I’m Black. I see how quickly a traffic stop can go bad. → Read More

44 witnesses, 14 days of testimony in Chauvin trial and now America waits for a verdict — with so much at stake

This case sparked protests and prompted conversations about racial justice and reforms that might, finally, support unalienable rights for all people. → Read More

Despair is real among Black, brown Americans as police 'mistakes' persist, Daunte Wright killed

We're tired of those who try to justify the abuse and destruction of Black and brown bodies by asking: Why didn't he comply? If he had, he'd be alive. → Read More

How George Floyd's death inspired these former gang members to help the local neighborhood

As I continue to spend time in Minneapolis, I see the positives that community members are trying to wrestle from the tragedy of George Floyd's death. → Read More

A courtroom chair for Derek Chauvin supporters has sat nearly empty through two weeks of his trial

The trial, with graphic testimony of how George Floyd died, has been hard to watch. Maybe it's too much for supporters of his accused killer. → Read More