Susanna Song

song Susanna SongSusanna Song serves as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.

Song joined the station in December, 2010. You can catch her live reports every weekday morning from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and during the midday newscast at 11 a.m.

Song is proud to return home to Chicago after six years of chasing her dreams as a journalist, which began in Central Illinois.


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Her most recent stint was in Minneapolis/St. Paul. She spent four years at KSTP-TV as a reporter/fill-in anchor. Prior to braving the bitter cold winters in the Twin Cities, Song reported and anchored at WEEK-TV in Peoria, Illinois. She also hosted a show on the Korean Broadcasting Channel in Chicago.

One of the most tragic and unbelievable stories Song has covered in her career is the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. She won two Emmy Awards for team coverage of the collapse and one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

She was also nominated for three other Emmy Awards, including her in-depth and exclusive coverage of a Korean adoptee from Minnesota who searched and reunited with his birth mother in Korea. Song went to South Korea to follow the decade search, which came to fruition on a reality TV show. You’ll have to ask her how it unfolded. The story also won Song second place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Page One Awards.

Song says she feels incredibly blessed to return to the CBS 2 Chicago newsroom as an employee. She still has her WBBM-TV ID card when she interned for colleague Vince Gerasole in 2003. Song never took her eyes off of the dream that one day she’d come back. She’s thrilled to be part of an amazing group of journalists.

Song graduated from Northwestern University in 2004 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism at the Medill School of Journalism. She also minored in Religion. Song received the prestigious East-West Center Journalism Fellowship in 2010 that took her to Asia and allowed her to visit North Korea and the DMZ. Song is co-president of the Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and the former vice president of the Minnesota AAJA Chapter.

Song grew up in the Northwest suburbs (Mt. Prospect, Palatine and Buffalo Grove) and now lives in downtown Chicago. She is the first generation in her family to be born in the United States. Her parents emigrated from Korea in the 1970s. When Song’s not working, you can find her running outside, volunteering at church, or hitting up new restaurants and any sort of patisserie or bakery. Something she’ll never turn down is a good, hearty Korean meal. And she likes it extra spicy!

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Police Search For Shooter Who Killed Teen In Drive-By With Assault Rifle

Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy said the victim was walking east in the 1700 block of West 46th Street around 1:30 p.m. when a light-colored Saturn sedan drove up, and someone inside started shooting.

06/20/2016

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Hadiya Pendleton’s Birthday Marks ‘Project Orange Tree’

CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports from Harold Washington Park, where hundreds gathered to promote peace as part of Project Orange Tree. Participants wear orange.

06/02/2016

Tammy Duckworth addresses supporters Tuesday night. (CBS)

Asian Americans Emerge On Chicago Political Landscape

For the first time this November, an Asian American could be represented in office at every level from city alderman to Congress.

05/11/2016

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North Korean Defectors Making Home In Chicago

They risk their lives escaping a cruel dictatorship, for hopes of a better life.

05/10/2016

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After Blizzard, Homeowners Dig Out From Heavy “Heart Attack Snow”

It’s been the Big Dig-Out this morning for many in northwest Indiana and the far southern suburbs, after Wednesday’s blizzard buried areas south and east of Chicago in several inches of heavy wet snow.

02/25/2016

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West Town Woman Stabbed During Carjacking Speaks Out

In a popular neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side, a viscous assault and carjacking left a woman badly beaten and stabbed.

01/26/2016

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Lakeview Residents On Alert After Burglars Hit Three Homes

CBS 2’s Susanna Song met up with one of the victims who says this is a huge life lesson.

01/05/2016

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Christmas Dinner For Hundreds? No Problem For Chicago Chef

Quentin Love and his staff spent the entire night preparing more than 1,000 chicken meals for the needy and homeless. CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports.

12/25/2015

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Officer Charged In Laquan McDonald Shooting Scheduled To Make Court Appearance Monday

The Chicago Police Officer at the center of a controversial police shooting is expected to go before a judge on Monday.

11/29/2015

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French School In Chicago Paying Tribute To Victims Of Paris Terror Attacks

Lycée Français de Chicago will observe a moment of silence at 1 p.m. Monday. A memorial in front of the school has been placed outside the school, where kids have dropped off flowers in remembrance of the victims.

11/16/2015

Several patrons said they became ill after eating from a buffet at a golf outing at Grumpy Goat Tavern. (CBS)

Customers Sick After Eating At Suburban Restaurant

More than a dozen diners say they got sick after eating at a suburban restaurant.

06/11/2015

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett attends a Chicago Board of Education meeting. (Credit: CBS)

CPS Boss Barbara Byrd-Bennett Resigns

About six weeks after taking a paid leave of absence, the embattled head of the Chicago Public Schools has resigned.

06/01/2015

A family of seven survived Thursday's tornado in Rochelle, Illinois, in the basement of this destroyed home. (Photo: Nancy Reyes)

One Story Of Survival After Tornado: “Everything Is Gone”

Dozens of families in two towns in north central Illinois were left sifting through the rubble, after tornadoes leveled their homes.

04/10/2015

Firefighters used ropes to crawl on the frozen surface of a lagoon in Lincoln Park, after a car crashed and rolled onto its roof early Monday. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

1 Dead, 1 Critically Injured After Car Overturns On Frozen Lagoon

Police were trying to figure out what caused the driver to lose control and drive onto the frozen lagoon in the 2200 block of North Lake Shore Drive around 1:45 a.m.

01/19/2015

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CPS Students Back At School After Two Days Off For Cold

Though it was slightly warmer than Wednesday and Thursday when schools were closed for extreme cold, the official temperature in Chicago was no warmer than 4 degrees when most students would have been heading to school Friday morning.

01/09/2015

Navy recruits being hosted by the Christian Liberty Academy. (Credit: Susanna Song.)

Arlington Heights Group Hosts Navy Recruits For Christmas

Dozens of Navy recruits training at the Great Lakes Naval Station could not fly home, so for the third year in a row, a special group in the northwest suburbs hosted them for an all-day celebration.

12/25/2014

Children led a protest Friday morning in the West Town neighborhood, to express their outrage over two grand juries declining to charge white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. (Credit: CBS)

Children Lead Protest Of Grand Jury Rulings In Garner, Brown Deaths

Anger continued to spill over Friday in Chicago and across the nation, over recent grand jury decisions not to indict two white police officers who were involved in the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.

12/05/2014

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Diamond, Ill. Rebuilds One Year After Devastating Tornado

Today, the town of Diamond, Illinois, 60 miles southwest of Chicago, looks like an idyllic community with new homes, green lawns and swimming pools, but it looked anything but nice one year ago.

11/17/2014

A concrete slab was all that remained of the Brownfield family home after a huge tornado ripped through Washington, Illinois, on Nov. 17, 2013. A year later, they're ready to move into a new two-story home, one of at least 160 families who have new homes since the storm hit. In all, more than 1,100 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged by the twister. (Credit: CBS)

One Year Later: Rebuilding Continues In Tornado-Ravaged Washington

A lot can change in a year; the central Illinois town that literally was torn to pieces by a powerful tornado was seeing new life Monday, one year to the day after that devastating storm.

11/17/2014

Robin Elementary School in Lyons closed for a day to disinfect the building, after dozens of students were out sick with stomach flu. (Credit: CBS)

Lyons School Reopens After Flu Scare Closes It For A Day

A west suburban school reopened Friday morning, after it was closed for disinfection because dozens of students had come down with stomach flu.

11/07/2014

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