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!

Jones Family

Families Dreading Possibility Of A Teachers’ Strike

If Chicago Public Schools teachers go on strike, how will it affect their families?

CBS Chicago–09/07/2012

First Day Of School

First Day Of School Arrives, But Teachers’ Strike Could Start Next Week

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.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2012

Megan Boken, 23, of Wheaton was shot and killed in an apparent botched robbery in St. Louis, where she was planning to play in an alumni game for former St. Louis University volleyball players. (Photo courtesy St. Louis University)

Two Teens Arrested In Murder Of Volleyball Star

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.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2012

School Protest

CPS Working on Contingency Plan As Teachers Inch Closer To Strike

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.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2012

Newport Avenue Sex Assault

Man Tries To Sexually Assault Woman Sleeping In Lakeview Apartment

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.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2012

Northerly Island Plan

Northerly Island Reimagined As Urban Camping Destination

Construction will begin this fall to turn Northerly Island – the onetime site of Meigs Field – into a new hub for urban camping.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2012

Plainfield Shooting

Masked Assailants Shoot 1 Person, Beat Another In Plainfield Apartment Building

One person was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a shooting and possible burglary inside an apartment building in Plainfield.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2012

President Obama

Obama To Move On From Chicago As He Fills Campaign War Chest

President Barack Obama is still behind Republican opponent Mitt Romney when it comes to filling his war chest with campaign cash.

CBS Chicago–08/13/2012

Teachers Strike Authorization Vote

Teachers Union: A Strike Could Still Happen

Thousands of Chicago kids head back to school on Monday, and there is a troubling message for parents.

CBS Chicago–08/10/2012

Logan Square Assault

Girl, 17, Sexually Assaulted In Logan Square Alley

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.

CBS Chicago–08/08/2012

Simran Kaleka

Sikh Temple President’s Niece: ‘You Can’t Make Sense Of The Shooting’

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.

CBS 2–08/06/2012

Wade Michael page. (Police handout)

Wisconsin Sikh Temple Gunman Identified As Army Vet, White Supremacist

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.

CBS Chicago–08/06/2012

Union Station Water Main Break

Water Main Breaks Near Union Station; Not Fixed Until After Morning Rush

It could be commuter chaos downtown Wednesday morning, following a water main break near Union Station.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2012

Drew Peterson

Peterson Trial: Neighbor Weeps While Testifying About Finding Savio’s Body

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.”

CBS Chicago–07/31/2012

Torrence Avenue Fatal Shooting

5 Shot Dead In 12 Hours In Chicago

Five people were shot to death between Thursday night and early Friday morning in the city of Chicago, including two men whose bodies were found outside a South Deering neighborhood car wash.

CBS Chicago–07/27/2012

Common house mosquito (Credit: Illinois Department of Public Health)

City To Continue Spraying For West Nile After First Local Human Cases This Year

With the first reported human cases of the West Nile virus in the Chicago area, local health departments are taking no chances.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012

Shootings

1 Dead, 12 Wounded In Overnight Shootings

One teenage boy was killed and 12 others were injured in Chicago just between 9 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2012

Sauk Village Water

Sauk Village Residents May Have To Stock Up On Bottled Water

There is still no timetable for when the water in Sauk Village will be safe to drink, and some say the only solution may be to start stocking up on bottled water.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2012

Lake Rescue

Boy, 6, Rescued From Lake By Younger Brother

A 6-year-old boy was in serious condition Tuesday morning, after being pulled from Lake Michigan by his even younger brother at the South Side’s Rainbow Beach.

CBS Chicago–07/17/2012

Officer Struck

Search On For Suspect Who Hit Police Officer With Blunt Object

The search was on Friday morning for a suspect who attacked at Chicago Police officer in the South Chicago neighborhood.

CBS Chicago–07/13/2012

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