Sue Simmons Biography
Sue Simmons is a retired news anchor who was born on May 27, 1942, New York City, New York, U.S. She is best known for her role on WNBC in New York City from 1980 to 2012, as the lead female anchor.
Upon the expiry of Simmons’s contract with WNBC in June 2012, WNBC announced that it would not renew it with her final broadcast coming on June 15, 2012. This particular decision by the WNBC did not sit well with Simmons’s fans who lobbied for her contract’s renewal on social media through pages like Save Sue Simmons, on Facebook.
Sue Simmons Parents
Simmons was born to Dorothy and John Simmons (an interracial couple) at Greenwich Village where she grew up in the Manhattan neighborhood with her father. Her father was a jazz bassist whose compatriots included John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, and Nat King Cole.
Sue Simmons Husband
Sue Simmons is still single and has never been married at any point in time in her life and is not reported to have any children. It is natural to speculate that she might be into some lesbian or gay relationship but she has not been spotted with anyone to date.
Simmons once got associated with co-anchor at WNBC, Chuck Scarborough during her career. It, however, turned out to be just another rumor which has never been ascertained. Chuck was her longtime partner and they did the show together where they were called Chuck and Sue. Sue Simmons also referred to him as her on-air husband due to their chemistry which made them the best on-air partners of their time. They remain good friends to date.
Sue Simmons Age
Simmons was born on May 27, 1942, New York City, New York, USA, and grew up in Manhattan at Greenwich Village. Instead of going on to college, Simmons decided to work soon after graduating from Julia Richman High School in 1961. She is 77 years old as of 2019.
Sue Simmons Net Worth
By the time she was leaving WNBC, the incredibly talented Sue Simmons had a salary of a whopping 5 million dollars. She has earned a considerable amount of salary in the past years and has been able to accumulate a huge amount of net worth which is yet to be made public.
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Sue Simmons began her career as a consumer action reporter at WTNH-TV in New Haven, Connecticut with WBAL-TV in Baltimore from 1974 to 1976. She was an anchor for the station’s Action News and Baltimore At One broadcasts. From 1976 to 1980 she worked at WRC-TV in Washington, DC, an NBC owned-and-operated stations where she was a reporter and anchor.
Simmons was a co-anchor for WNBC’s Live at Five news broadcast from 1980 to 2007. She worked with several co-anchors, including Jack Cafferty, Tony Guida, Matt Lauer, Dean Shepherd, Jim Rosenfield, Perri Peltz, and David Ushery. Simmons worked at Live at Five broadcasts for the final time in 2007. She co-anchored Weeknights at 11 p.m. with Chuck Scarborough.
WNBC announced that it would not renew its contract with Simmons on March 7, 2012, upon its expiry in June. On June 15, 2012, Simmons made her final broadcast where she received farewells from long-time co-workers, as well as numerous sports figures and celebrities. Shiba Russell replaced Sue Simmons on the 11 p.m. newscast.
Chuck and Sue (as they were known in New York) had the longest run for an anchor team in New York City television history as they were together since Simmons’s arrival at WNBC. Simmons was making $5 million a year and was one of the highest-paid local anchors in New York.
The power-pop band Fountains of Wayne referenced Sue Simmons in their song, Traffic, and Weather. Simmons did an on-air facial impression of a groundhog on each Groundhog Day, at the end of the broadcast. She returned to WNBC for a tribute to the longtime reporter for the station, Gabe Pressman, who died earlier in the day at 93 years of age.
Sue Simmons Surgery
Simmons was away from her job in November and December 2010, while she underwent back surgery. She returned to work on January 3, 2011. By the time 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 Law And Order
Simmons made her acting debut as herself in the fourteenth season premiere episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Shortened as just SVU, Law & Order is an American crime and legal drama television series.
The series was created by Dick Wolf and stars Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson, the lead detective of the Special Victims Unit in a fictionalized version of the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department.
Sue Simmons Acting
After making her acting debut in Law & Order, Sue Simmons went on to 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).
Sue Simmons Cursing
As a live news teaser was played On May 12, 2008, Sue Simmons was reportedly heard angrily exclaiming to a co-worker (later revealed to be Chuck Scarborough), “What the fuck are you doing?” She later apologized on-air for her inappropriate language.
The incident has been mocked on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman in several sketches. Simmons has said she did not realize they were broadcasting live, rather than taping or rehearsing when she was attempting to get the attention of Scarborough, who was preoccupied with his computer.