Susan Roesgen

An anchor and reporter with national and international experience, Susan Roesgen has gone on assignment with the U.S. Army in Haiti, bartered for a camel in Cairo, and sailed on the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

After several years in local television, Susan became the co-host of “National Geographic Today,” a news and cultural affairs television program broadcast internationally from National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2001. Her reporting included a multi-part series in Egypt featuring Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass, a report on the raising of a Civil War submarine in Charleston, and in-depth interviews with Bob Ballard, who discovered the Titanic, and Jane Goodall, world-renowned conservationist.

Returning to New Orleans in 2002, Susan joined public radio station WWNO and became a freelance reporter for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” and other NPR programs. In 2003, she also started reporting and anchoring part-time for WGNO-TV.

Susan’s reporting for NPR and WGNO during Hurricane Katrina led CNN to hire her as the first Correspondent for the network’s Gulf Coast Bureau, which debuted in New Orleans in 2005. After two years covering the recovery effort along the Gulf, Susan became a CNN Correspondent based in Chicago in 2007. Her coverage of stories for CNN included daily live shots for “Anderson Cooper 360,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” and all other CNN programs. Her stories included the impeachment of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the raid on a polygamist sect in Texas, and the death of Michael Jackson in Los Angeles– plus multiple hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, and floods.

After leaving CNN in 2009, Susan enrolled at Loyola University in New Orleans to pursue a Master’s degree in counseling. She also began part-time anchoring and reporting again for WGNO, and she was named co-host of the 5, 6, and 10 pm broadcasts in 2020.

Susan is also a certified teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) and volunteers as an English teacher for the local immigrant community.

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