Susan Zirinsky
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United States

CBS News


President / Senior Executive Producer

Zirinsky’s credentials are self-evident — the reporter and executive producer has spent her entire career at CBS News, first joining the Washington bureau as a part-time desk assistant just weeks after the Watergate break-in, then moving on to cover world-changing events including the Gulf War, Tiananmen Square, 9/11, the Paris terrorist attacks and the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting. The award-winning journalist — known to her colleagues as “Z” — served as a technical adviser and associate producer on the film “Broadcast News” and more recently was senior executive producer of “48 Hours,” “48 Hours: NCIS” and reality series “Whistleblower.” Appointed as CBS News’ topper in March, Zirinsky now leads the network’s entire news division into the future amid a volatile political and media climate. 


  • CBS News
  • 48 HOURS


  • American University (DC, USA)

Variety Honors

  • New Power of New York
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