Susan Zirinsky Biography
Susan Zirinsky is an American journalist who served as the President of CBS News from January 2019 until April 2021when she was succeeded by Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon. Prior to this, she served as executive producer of 48 Hours from 1996 to 2019. Following her career, she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2013 as a producer of the documentary 9/11, which aired in 2002.
In the same year, she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Television & Film Awards. As CBS News President and Senior Executive Producer, she was responsible for CBS News broadcasts and the division’s newsgathering across all platforms including television, CBS News Radio CBSNews.com, and CBSN. In addition, she is the first female President and Senior Executive Producer of CBS News.
Born in New York, she graduated from the School of Communication at the American University in Washington. Following her graduation, she made her career debut in CBS News Washington in 1972 and worked as a weekend production clerk. In her senior year, she helped write stories about the Watergate Scandal. In addition, she continued working in various roles for CBS after graduation.
She was assigned to cover the White House for CBS, which she did for over a decade. During this time she worked with Marcy McGinnis and Lesley Stahl who became her mentor. Zirinsky has also specialized in covering political campaigns and war assignments. Later on, she went with Dan Rather to Kuwait during the Gulf War, where she produced the news, and Rather reported live from Kuwait City. She is also the senior executive producer of ’48 Hours’ and also produces breaking news specials for CBS News.
Following her career, she became the first female President and Senior Executive Producer of CBS News. In addition, she is described as a media icon, legendary, and trail-blazing. She is also the second woman to be appointed head of a broadcast news network. After she was named President and Senior Executive Producer of CBS News, employees said the mood was upbeat and hoped the appointment would boost morale after a scandal-plagued year.
Over the years, she has worked with Dan Rather, Lasley Stahl, and Ed Bradley. She said that she has never forgotten them and in her office, there are photos of all three newscasts.
Susan Zirinsky Age
How old is Zirinsky? Zirinsky is 71 years old as of 2023. She was born on March 3, 1952, in New York City, the United States of America. In addition, she celebrates her birthday on March 3 every year and her zodiac sign is Pisces.
Susan Zirinsky’s Height
Zirinsky stands at an average height and is of moderate weight. She stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches.
Susan Zirinsky Family | Sister | Sister’s Death
Zirinsky was born in New York City and raised in a loving family in Neponsit, Queens. She is the proud daughter of Cynthia (mother) and Richard Zirinsky (father). She had a sister Barbara Zirinsky Faden who died of cancer in 1999 at the age of 50. Following her family history, her mother founded Gracie Square Hospital in New York City and works as a mental health care professional. On the other hand, her father was a New York City real-estate developer.
Susan Zirinsky Husband
Zirinsky is a married woman. She is happily married to her supportive husband Joseph Peyronnin. Her husband happens to be working in the journalism industry and has been awarded numerous awards. After staying in a marriage for 12 years without children, they both decided to adopt their daughter, Zoe.
Susan Zirinsky Net Worth
Zirinsky has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million-$5 Million. Her income is attributed to her career as a journalist.
Susan Zirinsky Salary
Zirinsky receives an estimated annual salary of between $20, 000-$100, 000.