Susan Roesgen may not be a New Orleans native, but over and over again she’s been drawn back to the Crescent City.
On assignment as a national reporter and anchor, Susy has gone on patrol with the U.S. Army in Haiti, bartered for a camel in Cairo and sailed on the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
She’s been a television anchor and reporter in several cities across the country, from San Diego to New York, including three separate positions here in New Orleans: first as the evening anchor for WDSU-TV from 1993 to 2000; then as a National Public Radio reporter in New Orleans from 2003 to 2005; and then she was the first correspondent chosen for CNN’s Gulf Coast Bureau, based in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, before she became CNN’s Midwest correspondent, based in Chicago. She was also co-host of “National Geographic Today,” a daily news program broadcast internationally from the National Geographic Channel in Washington, DC.
Susy is also a certified ESL teacher (English as a second language), and she’s a volunteer teacher in the ESL program at Associated Catholic Charities of New Orleans.
Update, 9/6/19: Wanhua Chemical, the Chinese company which had proposed a polyurethane-making plant in St. James Parish, has withdrawn its land use application. Rise St. James and Louisiana Bucket Brigade credit grass roots opposition to the plant for a “David Beats Goliath” victory. NEW ORLEANS – With the promise of jobs and economic prosperity, Louisiana leaders are trying to lure more petrochemical companies to set up shop in the river parishes. With the fear of cancer and death, residents are […]
NEW ORLEANS – Saints fans’ last hope of holding Roger Goodell and the NFL accountable for the disastrous “no call” appears to be dashed by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Who-dats know the play all too well: On January 20, in the Superdome, Los Angeles Rams Cornerback, Nickell Robey -Coleman, head-butted Saints Wide Receiver, Tommy Lee Lewis as he was attempting to catch a pass just yards from the end zone, potentially depriving the Saints of winning the NFC Championship. Today […]
NEW ORLEANS – We’ve admired his hands, now we can admire his gluteous maximus too! Saints superstar wide receiver Michael Thomas is one of several athletes chosen as models for multiple covers of ESPN The Magazine’s annual “BODY” issue, which hit newsstands this week. Some of the other cover models are Evander Kane, hockey player for the San Jose Sharks, Alex Honnold, mountain climber, and Scout Bassett, paralympic sprinter. In announcing the annual issue, the editors of ESPN The Magazine […]
NEW ORLEANS – Real estate developer Sidney Torres left the Bahamas island of Eleuthera, where he owns property, Saturday night. Now he hopes to get back in with desperately needed supplies. Torres has turned his Mid-City warehouse into an assembly line, where he and his employees, family members, and friends have been filling cardboard boxes with items like canned tuna, water, granola bars– enough food in each box to feed a family of four for about four days. Oschner Hospital […]
Updated with the pilot’s name, and a remembrance of Parker’s life from WGNO’s Susan Roesgen NEW ORLEANS, LA – A stunt plane crash on Friday (Aug. 16) claimed the lives of FOX 8 WVUE-TV anchorwoman Nancy Parker, and pilot Franklin Augustus. Parker was working on a story about Augustus and joined him in his 2-seater plane. Witnesses said the plane had just taken off from Lakefront Airport when it crashed in an open field on Jourdan Road. Friends and colleagues of […]
NEW ORLEANS – Kathleen Blanco, the small-town school teacher who became Louisiana’s first female Governor, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 76. “Knowing this day was imminent,” said New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell, “does not make this loss any easier to bear.” Blanco was Lieutenant Governor from 1996 to 2004, and was Governor from 2004 to 2008. In 2005, Blanco’s response to Hurricane Katrina became the defining period of her political career. She was both praised […]
MISSISSIPPI – Law enforcement personnel and ICE Homeland Security Investigations officials rounded up nearly 700 undocumented immigrants in a massive enforcement sweep across six Mississippi cities today. US Attorney Mike Hurst announced the results of the operation at a news conference this afternoon. “Today, at seven sites in six different cities around the southern district of Mississippi, HSI Special Agents executed administrative and criminal search warrants resulting in the detention of approximately 680 illegal aliens,” Hurst said. The operation is […]
MADISONVILLE, La. – For the first patient at Willow Pharmacy, an eyedropper of liquid under the tongue was worth the 41 year wait. In 1978, former state senator Tony Guarisco authored the bill that set in motion Louisiana’s acceptance of medical marijuana. All these years later, after the most recent legislative session allowed state-approved pharmacies to dispense it, Guarisco felt vindicated. “It’s great to go from pariah to respect,” said Guarisco, “a lot of people are going to get […]
NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD’s “Force Investigation Team” has cleared 8th District Commander Octavio Baldassaro of the allegation that he used excessive force to arrest a woman on April 14, during French Quarter Fest. The investigation stemmed from a viral video, in which Baldassaro appeared to throw the woman to the ground, twice, before other officers arrived to handcuff her. According to NOPD Communications Director Andy Cunningham, Superintendent Shaun Ferguson “immediately opened a formal disciplinary investigation” after reviewing the video. […]
Newport, R.I. – It may be the one Titanic story you’ve never heard, revealed this week at an auction of maritime memorabilia. An unusual cane, with a small, battery-powered light at the top– manufactured long before the invention of the flashlight– saved the lives of more than two dozen people. According to court documents and family records, Ella White, a middle-aged passenger on the doomed ship, carried the cane because she had injured her ankle before the Titanic set sail. […]
NEW ORLEANS – Maybe the truck driver was heading to “Betsy’s Pancakes” on Canal Street. But the syrup never made it. NOPD Public Information Officer Gary Scheets is warning drivers that the eastbound lanes of North Rampart Street, between St. Louis and Toulouse, will be closed until at least 5 a.m. Tuesday morning (July 23) because of a “large syrup spill.” According to Ofc. Scheets, a container truck was traveling on North Rampart when its “load of syrup began leaking […]