Susanna 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.
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!
Yet again, hundreds of students in the Chicago area are not in school, as teachers in one municipality goes on strike.
Bears fans are expressing relief in the wake of a tentative deal between the NFL and the union that will get the real referees back on the gridiron.
Two people are dead, and at least two others are wounded, after a drive-by shooting in the West Pullman neighborhood early Tuesday.
A Chicago alderman wants to add a fee to your electric bill so the city can hire more police officers.
Firefighters will be handing out free smoke detectors in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, after a fire killed a 2-month-old baby and left 30 people without a home.
Chicago Public Schools students were back in class after seven missed days Wednesday, as the teachers’ strike has come to an end.
If Chicago Public Schools teachers go on strike, how will it affect their families?
A new year began Tuesday for Chicago Public Schools students, but it could be interrupted after just four days if a possible teachers’ strike goes ahead.
St. Louis police have arrested two 18-year-old suspects in the murder of Wheaton volleyball star Megan Boken, who was gunned down in St. Louis last weekend.
What happens if your kids show up at school, and the teachers don’t? As the Chicago Teachers Union moved a step closer to a strike, the Chicago Board of Education was discussing what do do if teachers actually walk off the job.
Guardian Angels are out patrolling a section of the East Lakeview neighborhood, after a man tried to sexually assault a woman in her home on Newport Avenue.
Construction will begin this fall to turn Northerly Island – the onetime site of Meigs Field – into a new hub for urban camping.
One person was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a shooting and possible burglary inside an apartment building in Plainfield.
President Barack Obama is still behind Republican opponent Mitt Romney when it comes to filling his war chest with campaign cash.
Thousands of Chicago kids head back to school on Monday, and there is a troubling message for parents.
A 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a Logan Square alley when the sun was still up Tuesday, after she accepted a ride from a stranger.
The niece of the president of a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee said there is no way to make sense of a mass-shooting that left six people dead – including her uncle.
The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday has been identified as a U.S. Army veteran, and a former leader of a white supremacist heavy metal band.
It could be commuter chaos downtown Wednesday morning, following a water main break near Union Station.
In opening statements for Drew Peterson’s long-awaited murder trial Tuesday, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said Peterson once boasted that “he had learned enough to kill someone and make it look like an accident.”