Susan Carlson leaves NBC-5 to focus on family

(Carlson plans to launch a voice-over and audiobook career)

Who hasn’t had a crush at one time or another on Susan Carlson, who has been one of the queens of local news for 29 years. Some of the Reel Chicago team never missed her morning broadcast before moving to LA. Now, the beloved anchor has announced, via Twitter, that she will be leaving NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5, where she has been since 2013.

“It’s been a great run,” Carlson tweeted on Wednesday. “I’m setting up shop as a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. In addition to fulfilling a new passion, this will allow me to work out of my home to better care for my family.”

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The love for Carlson was quick on Twitter:

Born in Dolton, Illinois, Carlson graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in journalism from Loyola University in 1991. She would later receive a M.A. in journalism from Roosevelt University in 2009. After graduation, she 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 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 NBC 5 in Chicago and was appointed news anchor in July 2014.

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Reel Chicago wishes Susan the best of luck in her new passion. We’ll be listening.

Colin Costello is the West Coast Editor of Reel 360. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @colinthewriter1

SOURCE: Twitter