Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sue Simmons news anchor for nearly thirty years......

According to WNBC's webite, Sue Simmons is co-anchor of the “News 4 New York” 6PM and 11PM newscasts. A veteran New York television journalist, Simmons recently celebrated her 28th anniversary as a member of the WNBC family.

Simmons and co-anchor Chuck Scarborough were named New York’s top anchor team by the New York Daily News in 2003. Simmons and Scarborough celebrated their 28th anniversary as an on-air anchor team at WNBC in January 2008.

In addition to her anchoring responsibilities, Simmons has hosted many of NBC4’s specials including “The Amazin’ Shea” which paid tribute to the stadium that has been home to the Mets and numerous historical events over the past 44 years; a special that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the New York City subway system; the TriBeCa Film Festival; coverage of the Puerto Rican Day Parade; and the New York City Marathon. She also hosted the nationally-syndicated program "Images: A Year in Review.”

Simmons joined WNBC in 1980 from WRC-TV, the NBC-owned station in Washington, D.C., where she was a correspondent/anchor from 1976-1980. Highlights of her reporting there include coverage of the aftermath of the assassination of Chilean statesman Orlando Letelier, and a series of stories on the status of special education in the public school system.

Simmons was the first correspondent to interview the Hanafi Muslims who seized several Washington buildings shortly after the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Teheran.

While at WRC-TV, Simmons was one of the few reporters to interview Mrs. Walter Mondale while her husband was Vice-President. She also hosted two public affairs series, one of which was devoted to women's issues.

Simmons began her broadcasting career in 1972 as a correspondent for WTNH-TV in New Haven, Connecticut. While there, she hosted a community affairs series and served as the station's action reporter resolving a variety of consumer complaints.

Simmons joined WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Md., in 1974 as a correspondent. Simmons later became the station's primary anchor and host of its acclaimed news magazine program, "Baltimore At One,” which evolved into “Live at Five” on WNBC in New York.

Honored multiple times for outstanding journalism, Simmons is the recipient of four Emmy awards. Additionally, in 1981, she was presented with an award for "Outstanding Performance By A News Commentator" by Barnabus McHenry, Vice-Chairman of The President's Task Force on the Arts and Humanities.

A native New Yorker, Simmons is the daughter of the late John Simmons, a renowned jazz bassist whose collaborators included Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, John Coltrane, Billie Holliday, Benny Goodman and Nat King Cole.

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