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Susan Carlson Joins WMAQ-TV As Weekend Reporter

Former WBBM-TV/CBS 2 News Anchor Susan Carlson will join WMAQ-TV as their newest reporter. She will begin later this month on NBC 5 Chicago's weekend morning newscasts.

As revealed earlier today, WMAQ-TV is expanding their weekend morning newscasts by two and a half hours, beginning on July 27th. A spokesperson for the station also said that they would be adding a new reporter to the mix to help with the added news time, now totaling six and half hours of weekend morning newscasts. That reporter turned out to be none other than Susan Carlson.

She will also be available to be a fill-in news anchor for weekends, with her past experience in being a news anchor for rival CBS 2 Chicago.

As Susan Carlson revealed to CRM last month in her exclusive interview with the website, she remains under contract with CBS Television through Thursday, July 18th. That makes the start date for WMAQ-TV's newly expanded weekend morning newscasts land perfectly within Carlson's time schedule.

This is the second new job that Carlson has lined up to begin once her CBS Television contract expires. Starting later this month, Susan Carlson will be the new afternoon news anchor/co-host on "The Roe Conn Show with Richard Roeper."

Carlson started out her broadcasting career in radio, working at north suburban WXLC-FM and WKRS-AM, delivering newscasts and working as a sidekick to the FM morning show. After her time in the suburbs, she joined Shadow Traffic's radio services, working as its news director. Through Shadow Broadcast Services, she was heard delivering news and traffic reports on a few Chicago radio stations, including WTMX-FM, WNND-FM (now WILV-FM), WJMK-FM, and WSCR-AM. That was followed by her four years at WLS-AM.

She began on television in 1995, working as a traffic reporter on WGN-TV's Saturday morning news for three years. After that, she did some fill-in/freelance traffic reporting work for WLS-TV and was able to be a street reporter for the station's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage. In December 2002, Susan Carlson finally was able to land a full-time role in television, joining WBBM-TV as morning news traffic reporter. She also was given the opportunity to have a bigger role with the station as a general assignment reporter for the 5:00pm, 6:00pm, and 10:00pm newscasts.

From there, Carlson was given the opportunity to be a news anchor on CBS 2's Saturday morning newscasts and the short-lived "CBS 2 @ Your Desk" web-only newscasts. In late 2009, she as picked to deliver news headlines on the ill-fated CBS 2 morning show "Monsters and Money in the Morning." After that ratings-troubled show came to an end in August 2010, Carlson was named to be the initial morning news co-anchor on the early morning newscast that replaced "Monsters and Money."

She has been with the station in many different capacities for the last 10.5 years -- from traffic reporter, to feature reporter, to news anchor -- proving to be one of their most versatile employees.

On May 17th, WBBM-TV/CBS 2 removed Carlson from the air. Her contract was nearing its end and the station made the business decision to not renew it. Even though there were still two months remaining on the contract, management felt it was best to remove her immediately.

The move proved to be extremely unpopular with her fans. However, those fans will soon be happy to both see Carlson on TV each weekend and hear her voice on the radio each weekday.

As she remains under contract for many more days with CBS, Susan Carlson cannot comment yet on either of her new jobs that start later this month.

UPDATE: Carlson will initially work on a freelance basis for WMAQ-TV, although that could very well change into a more permanent role in the future.

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