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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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05/21/2014

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Chicago Fast Food Workers Part Of Global Protest

Nearly 100 fast food workers braved the rainy and chilly conditions Thursday to make a point about their pay, and how they’re struggling to survive.

05/15/2014

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Suburban School District Drops Out Of Federal Lunch Program

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05/08/2014

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Lindblom High School Principal Awarded Golden Apple

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05/07/2014

Armed robbers shot two people at La Hoya convenience store on Tuesday, but left without taking anything. (Credit: CBS)

Two Shot During Convenience Store Robbery In East Chicago

Police in northwest Indiana were hoping surveillance images would help them catch the suspects who shot two convenience store clerks during a robbery this week.

05/01/2014

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Woman Raped In Gangway In Hermosa

According to a community alert, a 19-year-old woman was walking near Pulaski Road and Armitage Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, when a man grabbed her and pulled her into a gangway.

03/13/2014

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Wheaton Man Will Run Cross-State To Fight Disorder That Afflicts Daughter

Bill Babiarz plans to run 150 miles in five days, from Fulton to Buckingham Fountain in an effort to cure Rett Syndrome. CBS 2′s Susanna Song reports.

02/26/2014

Dozens of needy families lined up at the Rev. Paul Hall's community center in Chicago on Christmas Eve for his annual holiday food drive. (Credit: CBS)

Paul Hall Community Center Hosts Annual Holiday Food Give-Away

In this bitter cold, a Chicago community center is offering the warmth of Christmas and some much-needed food.

12/24/2013

The town of Washington, Ill. almost one month after being hit by a tornado. (Credit: CBS)

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One month ago tomorrow, a tornado tore through Washington, Illinois. Today, homeowners are rebuilding.

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In the last nine days, residents of downstate Washington have faced challenges they never imagined, in the wake of a devastating tornado.

11/26/2013

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Donations Give Hundreds Of Washington Residents New Pair Of Shoes

CBS 2′s Susanna Song reports one big donation is giving Washington residents a new spring in their steps.

11/25/2013

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Family Of Child Killed In DUI Collision Robbed Of State Grant

Carter Vo’s family applied for a state grant to help defray the child’s funeral expenses. CBS 2′s Susanna Song explains what happened.

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CBS 2’s Susanna Song visited an all-girls summer camp in Uptown to see how they’re dealing with the heat and humidity.

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Holiday Weekend Bloodshed Prompts Call For Gang Truce

A violent holiday weekend in Chicago saw more than 70 people shot since Wednesday afternoon, with at least 12 of those people killed, including the city’s 200th murder of the year.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2013

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Loop Intersection Gets ‘Barnes Dance’ In Effort To Reduce Congestion

A busy Loop intersection became home to a new experiment to allow pedestrians to legally cross the street diagonally, while cars will no longer have to worry about pedestrians in the crosswalk while trying to make a turn.

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Police sketch of a man suspected of trying to abduct a girl in Highwood, Ill., on May 7, 2013. (Credit: Highwood Police)

North Suburban Officials Warn Parents About Recent Abduction Attempts

Not all of the reports point to the same person or vehicle, but they all happened in generally the same area.

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A Jesuit high school in Pilsen is celebrating the selection of Pope Francis, a Jesuit cardinal from Argentina, as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church – the first pontiff from the Americas.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2013

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Local Charity Offers Millions To Avoid Catholic School Closures

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