The Buffalo Broadcasters Association is proud to continue recognizing the women inducted into the Hall of Fame. Today’s honoree is from the most recent class of inductees in 2014, Susan King.
Kingâ€™s distinguished career has taken her from television news to the hallowed halls of higher learning. She made broadcasting history in Buffalo. Susan was the first woman to anchor a weekday television newscast in our market.
After completing college, she was hired by NBC News and then moved to CBS where she served as the New York Assistant to the National Editor, Correspondent for legendary Walter Cronkite.
In 1972, Susan arrived in Buffalo where she was hired as a reporter at WGR-TV, Channel 2. Susan anchored weekend news casts and was then promoted to weekdays. She was the very first in a long line of female anchors in Buffalo.
From Buffalo, the news veteran moved to Washington in 1975, joining WTOP-RV (now WUSA) as a weekend anchor. In the early 1980s, Susan was the White House correspondent for ABC News during the Reagan administration, where she humorously noted that she was â€œnumber 2 to Sam Donaldson.â€
In 1983, Susan returned to local TV in Washington. She was an anchor at WRC-TV before moving to WJLA-TV where Susan anchored the 5, 6 and 11pm newscasts from 1987-1993. She also reported for CNN and served as host of CNBCâ€™s â€œEqual Time,â€ NPRâ€™s â€œTalk of the Nationâ€ and WAMUâ€™s â€œDiane Rehm Show.â€
In 1995, Susan left broadcast journalism and became a presidential appointee, serving three cabinet secretaries as a communications strategist. At the Department of Labor, King worked with Secretaries Robert Reich and Alexis Herman. She crafted the successful No Sweat Initiative under Reich that led to a movement to improve sweatshop conditions domestically and abroad. Susan shaped communications strategies for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomoâ€™s first six months in office.
In the 2000s, Susan served in vice presidential roles at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. There, she was responsible for the Carnegieâ€™s relations with outside groups and devising strategies to ensure its work had an impact on society. In 2012, Susan was named dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillâ€™s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is also the schoolâ€™s John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor.
Susan Received a B.A. in English from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York and an M.A. in Communications from Fairfield University. She also studied at University College of London University. She has won numerous journalism awards, including Emmys for her reporting from Lebanon, three National Womenâ€™s Political Caucus awards, plus recognition from American Women in Communications and Sigma Delta Chi. Susan is active in community and professional organizations. She is the founder of the International Womenâ€™s Media Foundation and is a member of its Advisory Committee. Susan is married with a daughter in college.
The Buffalo Broadcasters Association is proud to salute 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Susan King during National Womenâ€™s History Month.