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!
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