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!

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)

One Month Later, Cold Not Stopping Rebuilding In Washington

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

12/16/2013

Volunteers and staff at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, Ill., have served more than 20,000 meals to victims of a tornado that ripped through the town on Nov. 17, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Volunteers Busy Preparing Thanksgiving Meals For Tornado Victims

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

A pair of new shoes donated to Washington residents. (Credit: CBS)

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.

07/25/2013

A girl drinks from her water bottle at a summer camp in Uptown. Camp organizers make sure all the kids have bottled water, and take breaks in the shade or an air-conditioned building when they need it. (Credit: CBS)

Kids’ Summer Camps Take Extra Steps To Keep Cool Amid Heat Advisory

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

07/18/2013

Chicago Police vehicle. (Credit: CBS)

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

Pedestrians walk diagonally across the intersection of State Street and Jackson Boulevard, where a so-called "pedestrian scramble" or "Barnes Dance" allows them to legally cross diagonally. The concept also allows cars to turn without having to wait for pedestrians to cross when cars have a green light. (Credit: CBS)

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.

CBS 2–05/31/2013

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.

CBS Chicago–05/09/2013

Newly elected Pope Francis. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

New Pope An Inspiration For Latino Jesuit Students

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

A local charity is offering millions of dollars to the Archdiocese of Chicago, in an effort to prevent more Catholic schools from closing in the future.

CBS Chicago–03/07/2013

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Computer Coding ‘Boot Camp’ Is Pricey, But Could Lead To Big Salary

Have you ever imagined you could create your own web application? Probably not. Well, wait until you check out this boot camp. CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports.

03/02/2013

U.S. Marine veteran Michael Adams stopped an attack on a woman who was jogging on the Lakefront Bike Path when he saw a young man assaulting her. (Credit: CBS)

Marine Veteran Stops Rape Attempt Along Lakefront

Michael Adams, of East Chicago, was driving along Lake Shore Drive near the Museum of Science and Industry on Wednesday afternoon, when he saw a young man attack a woman along the Lakefront Bike Path.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2013

Fredrick Goings (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Mother Of Eddy Curry’s Slain Ex: Killer’s Conviction ‘Was Elation’

A day after a 40-year-old attorney was convicted of killing former Chicago Bulls player Eddy Curry’s ex-girlfriend and 10-month-old daughter, the woman’s mother was urging other victims of domestic abuse to take charge of their lives.

CBS Chicago–02/13/2013

Three officers were hurt when a police car crashed while chasing a stolen vehicle near 72nd Street and St. Lawrence Avenue on Feb. 13, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

3 Officers Hurt In Crash While Chasing Stolen Car

The three officers were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

02/13/2013

A recreation of the State Street Macy's clock. (CBS)

Christmas Shopping Procrastinators Flood Stores At Last Minute

Time finally ran out for shoppers scrambling to buy last-minute Christmas gifts.

CBS Chicago–12/24/2012

Northwest Suburbs Hit Hard By Snowstorm

CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports one northwest suburb was using some new techniques to help drivers stay safe on the roads.

CBS 2–12/20/2012

First early voters at Museum of Broadcast Communications 360 North State Street, (Credit: Regine Schlesinger/WBBM Newsradio)

Time Running Out To Vote Early

Election Day is just four days away, and you’re running out of time if you want to vote early.

CBS 2–11/02/2012

Chicago Fire Department Thomas Flahive, 58, died from West Nile Virus. (CBS)

Funeral Held For Firefighter Who Died From West Nile Virus

Fellow firefighters described Thomas Flahive as a healthy 58-year-old.

CBS 2–10/08/2012

Evergreen Park Teachers' Strike

Teachers Head To Picket Lines In Evergreen Park

Yet again, hundreds of students in the Chicago area are not in school, as teachers in one municipality goes on strike.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2012

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