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Meet Susan McEldoon our Chairwomen for the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region

Meet our New Chairman, Board of Directors
Susan has been an active member of her community throughout her career.

Susan McEldoon is President and General Manager of KHOU-TV, a TEGNA Media subsidiary, and an affiliate TV station of the CBS Television Network. She joined KHOU in 2004 as Director of Sales, and in 2006 was named Vice President/Station Manager. In November 2007 she was promoted to her current position as President/General Manager.

Susan McEldoon is a 30 year veteran of television station management. Her experience includes leadership positions at network-owned stations as well as other media groups. She has held posts with NBC in Denver, CBS in Chicago and the Dispatch Broadcast Group in Columbus, Ohio.

Susan has been an active member of her community throughout her career. She currently serves on the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership and is the Board Chair for the Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross.

In 2008 she was recognized as Broadcasting & Cable Magazine’s General Manager of the Year. Other awards and recognition include: Houston Women’s Chamber “Breakthrough Woman 2009”; Houston Women’s Chamber “Hall of Fame” Inductee 2010; Houston Woman Magazine’s “50 Most Influential Women” in 2012; and “Top 30 Influential Women of Houston” in 2015. While living in Denver she was recognized by the Denver Advertising Federation as the Advertising Professional of the Year and received the American Advertising Federation’s Ad Club of the Year award in the large club division (1,000+ members). The Media Alliance of Houston awarded her the Star Award for TV Station Manager of the Year in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

KHOU-TV is one of the most decorated TV stations in the country. While under Susan’s leadership, the station has been recognized with numerous local, regional and national journalistic awards including two of the industry’s top honors… the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Station Excellence.

Susan holds a BA in Communications from the University of Missouri/Kansas City and an MBA from The Ohio State University. She completed the National Association of Broadcasters’ Management Development Program for Television Executives at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2007, and she is a Spring 2010 graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future Business/Civic Leadership Forum.

Susan and her husband of 32 years Nick Smeloff, have three children and five grandchildren. Their hobbies include traveling, boating, biking, reading and spending time with their family and friends.