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|Born|| May 27, 1942 |
New York City
|Born|| May 27, 1942 |
New York City
Sue Simmons (born May 27, 1942) is a former news anchor who was best known for being the lead female anchor at WNBC in New York City from 1980-2012. Her contract with WNBC expired in June 2012 and WNBC announced that it would not renew it. Her final broadcast was on June 15, 2012, in which she received farewells from long time co-workers, as well as from numerous sports figures and celebrities.
Simmons grew up in the Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village; her father was John Simmons, a jazz bassist whose compatriots included Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Nat King Cole.
She began her career as a consumer action reporter at WTNH-TV in New Haven, Connecticut. She was with WBAL-TV in Baltimore from 1974 to 1976 where she was an anchor for the station's Action News and Baltimore At One broadcasts. From 1976 to 1980 she was a reporter and anchor at WRC-TV in Washington, DC, an NBC owned-and-operated station.
From 1980 to 2007, she was a co-anchor for WNBC's Live at Five news broadcast. She worked with several co-anchors, including Jack Cafferty, Tony Guida, Matt Lauer, Dean Shepherd, Jim Rosenfield, Perri Peltz, and David Ushery. In 2007, Live at Five broadcast for the final time. Weeknights at 11 p.m., she co-anchored with Chuck Scarborough. On March 7, 2012, WNBC announced that it would not renew its contract with Simmons; the contract expired in June. Simmons's final broadcast was on June 15, 2012; she received farewells from long time co-workers, as well as numerous sports figures and celebrities. Simmons was replaced on the 11 p.m. newscast by Shiba Russell.
Chuck and Sue (as they were known in New York) were together since Simmons's arrival at WNBC—the longest run for an anchor team in New York television history. She was one of the highest paid local anchors in New York, making $2.5 million a year.
On May 12, 2008, as a live news teaser was played, Simmons was reportedly heard angrily asking a co-worker(later found out to be Chuck Scarborough), "What the fuck are you doing?!" She later apologized on-air for her inappropriate language. The incident has been mocked in several sketches on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman. By Sue's own admission, she was trying to get the attention of Scarborough, who was preoccupied with his computer and didn't realize her mic was still on
In November and December 2010, Simmons was away from her job while she underwent back surgery. On January 3, 2011, she returned to work. However, when she returned from surgery she was no longer a part of the 6 p.m. newscast and only co-anchored the 11 p.m. newscast.
Sue Simmons made her acting debut as herself in the fourteenth season premiere episode of the long-running NBC legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Simmons went onto guest star as herself on NBC comedy series 30 Rock. She has also appeared in other television series and films in the role of a newscaster, including: The First Wives Club (1996), Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998) and Elementary (2012).
|1996||The First Wives Club||Newscaster|
|1998||Exiled: A Law & Order Movie||Newscaster||Television film|
|1999||Light It Up||Newscaster|
|2012–13||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Newscaster (herself)||Recurring role; Episodes: "Lost Reputation", "Above Suspicion" and "Funny Valentine"|
|2012||30 Rock||Newscaster (herself)||Episode: "My Whole Life Is Thunder"|
|2012||Elementary||Newscaster||Episode: "The Leviathan"|