Lown Portrait

Liz Suman is a research editor at Playboy magazine. Liz worked as a freelance journalist from 2006-2016, primarily as a researcher and contributing reporter to Vanity Fair features focusing on business, crime and entertainment. Past and recent subjects include Michael Jackson, David Letterman, Charlie Sheen, Rupert Murdoch, Whitney Houston, Harper Lee and Quentin Tarantino. She worked on the magazine’s primary coverage of the Tiger Woods and Bernard Madoff scandals, the Oscar Pistorious murder investigation, the Sony hacking scandal, and the Hatton Gardens jewel heist.

Over the past decade, Liz has also written for a variety of print and online publications including AOL News, TIME, Inc., The Discovery Channel, The Baltimore Brew, Seattle Business Magazine, About.com, Business Insider, PayScale, Total Beauty and The Daily Beast, where she covered film and television premieres as an entertainment reporter.

She has regularly contributed to non-fiction book projects as a ghostwriter, editor, and/or researcher. Past titles on which she’s worked include: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter (Viking, 2011), Kris Jenner…and All Things Kardashian (Simon & Schuster, 2011) and Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa (Random House, 2009), a nonfiction release about the life and murder of wildlife conservationist Joan Root.

In addition to editorial work, Liz has 10+ years of experience providing copywriting and marketing services to companies and individuals in real estate, art, business, beauty, hospitality and fashion. Past and present clients include Corcoran, Coldwell Banker, the Northwest Literacy Foundation, BeBiotin, How-To Hair Girl, Stateside Bushwick and The Rising States.

Since 2010, Liz has served as the director of communications for Klughaus New York, a gallery and creative agency representing fine artists with roots in street art and graffiti. She has curated exhibits for Art Primo in Seattle since 2014. She continues to independently curate and produce murals, special exhibits and installations for galleries and brands around the U.S.

In 2008, Liz co-founded the New York City Type-Off™, an annual typing competition for east coast typewriter enthusiasts.

Liz grew up in Seattle and moved to New York City when she was 18. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in writing and sociology from New York University and holds a master’s certification in publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After 11 years as a New Yorker, Liz relocated to Los Angeles for her next adventure (You don’t say “no” to Playboy!).