|Born||1970 (age 48–49)|
|Education||B.A. Loyola University|
M.A. Roosevelt University
WLS (AM) (1998-2002)
Early life and educationEdit
Carlson was raised in Dolton, Illinois and attended Seton Academy in South Holland, Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in journalism from Loyola University in Chicago in 1991 and later received a M.A. in journalism from Roosevelt University in 2009.
After school, Carlson worked in radio as a news reporter and morning show co-host at north suburban Chicago WXLC-FM and WKRS-AM and then joined Shadow Traffic radio as its news director where she also delivered news and traffic reports on WTMX-FM, WNND-FM (now WILV-FM), WJMK, and WSCR-AM. In 1995, she accepted a position as traffic reporter on WGN-TV-Channel 9. In 1998, she replaced Jim Johnson as news anchor on Roe Conn and Richard Roeper's afternoon radio show at WLS (AM) and filled in at various rolls at WLS-TV-Channel 7. In December 2002, she joined WBBM-TV-Channel 2 as morning news traffic reporter and then as general assignment reporter and later as morning news co-anchor. In July 2013, after 11 years WBBM, she accepted a position with WMAQ-TV-Channel 5 in Chicago and was appointed news anchor in July 2014.
Carlson has received five local Emmy Awards (two for her work as a traffic reporter and three for her coverage of the Chicago Marathon), an Edward R. Murrow Award for "Best News Feature," and the Chicagoland Achievement in Radio Award for "Best News Reporter." In 2001, she was a media witness at the execution of Timothy McVeigh.
- Chicago Magazine: "Solo Acts: Susan Carlson - 37, Near North Side" July 2007
- Chicago Radio and Media: "WBBM-TV Releases Susan Carlson" 17 May 2013
- Robert Feder: "Carlson Moves up to Full Time at NBC 5" April 1, 2014
- Chicago Tribune: "Susan Carlson to return to WLS 890-AM" By Samantha Bomkamp July 02, 2013
- NBC Chicago: "Susan Carlson" retrieved March 12, 2017
- Suddenly Single Mom: "About Susan Carlson" retrieved March 17, 2017
- Chicago Splash Magazine: "WHO TO WATCH: SUSAN CARLSON: NBC-5’s Susan Carlson goes the distance to become a mom" By Chiara Milioulis April 28, 2016