College of Media | Alumni Notes

Susannah Collins '01 JOURN

9/24/2012  8:00 am

Susannah Collins, who’s been free-lancing since June as a reporter and anchor on SportsNet Central, was promoted Tuesday to full-time status as an anchor/reporter for the network’s nightly sports news program. The Chicago area native also has been working as a post-game reporter on White Sox broadcasts and co-hosting Gas Money, a weekly sports trivia show, with Luke Stuckmeyer.

“We are very pleased to bring someone of Susannah’s experience and local sports enthusiasm to our network on a full-time basis,” Charlie Schumacher, senior news director for Comcast SportsNet, said in announcing her hiring, effective Thursday. “Providing the very best live, daily local sports news coverage continues to be our focus and Susannah has certainly done an excellent job for us on a free-lance basis over the past several months and will no doubt be a terrific full-time addition to our already solid on-air team.”

Collins, 32, who grew up in west suburban Downers Grove and graduated from Downers Grove North High School and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, began broadcasting at the university’s WPGU-FM. She went on to NFL Network, WCBS-TV in New York, and Showtime Sports, where she hosted Inside the NFL and Inside NASCAR.

“Can finally share the news that I'll be joining CSN Chicago full time as an anchor/reporter,” Collins wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday. “Feels so good to make it official! Sadly, this means I won't be able to continue my work in Inside the NFL and Inside NASCAR. It's bittersweet but I'm incredibly excited for this new adventure in my hometown and I will always be grateful for the experiences I had with Showtime Sports.”