Former KATV'er to CNN
Source: CNN Press Release Susan Roesgen, a veteran broadcaster with more than a decade of experience covering New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, joins CNN as a full-time correspondent assigned to the network’s new Gulf Coast bureau, it was announced today by Jack Womack, senior vice president of domestic news operations and administration for CNN/U.S.
“My new role with CNN enables me to join the top news organization in the world while remaining based in a city I love: New Orleans,” Roesgen said. “I hope to give viewers a true and broad sense of the recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast in addition to providing the best reports on other news from the region.”
CNN opened CNN Gulf Coast in September to give the network a vantage point in covering the entire Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. The bureau, one of 11 across the United States, is equipped to perform multiple live shots and supports all CNN networks, including CNN Newsource, the network’s syndicated news service.
Roesgen comes to CNN from WGNO-TV, where she has worked as the 10 p.m. news anchor since November 2003. For the past four years, she has also served as a host and reporter for a variety of broadcast and news outlets. Her projects included live field reports of rocket launches at Cape Canaveral, Fla.; hosting and production of a Pearl Harbor documentary for the National D-Day Museum; and reports for National Public Radio.
Roesgen moved to New Orleans in 1993 as a co-anchor of evening newscasts for WDSU-TV. She earned an Emmy award for a report on cemetery thefts and a state Associated Press award for a multi-part series on Israel. She left New Orleans for one year in 2001 to serve as co-anchor of National Geographic Today for the National Geographic Channel.
Her other anchoring duties have included stints with WABC-TV in New York City, KFMB-TV in San Diego and KATV-TV in Little Rock, Ark. Roesgen graduated with highest honors from Montana State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English.