News correspondent, 48 Hours
Susan Spencer has served as a correspondent for 48 Hours since 1993. Her reports have ranged from the drug war in Colombia to custody battles to the rising tide of new immigrants to America.
Spencer has had extensive experience covering national and international events. Prior to 48 Hours, she was CBS News' White House correspondent and the primary correspondent for the "Eye on America" segment of the CBS Evening News. In addition to covering breaking news at the White House, Spencer covered President George Bush's failed 1992 reelection campaign and Bill Clinton's first inauguration.
Before that, she was a CBS News national correspondent (1989-xx). She played a major role in CBS News' Persian Gulf War coverage, reporting from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her first assignment as national correspondent was the student uprising in China in May 1989. Spencer also reported from Japan for CBS News' coverage of the death of Emperor Hirohito. She covered the 1988 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Spencer was named CBS News' medical correspondent in 1986. She was also anchor of the Sunday Edition of the CBS Evening News (March 1988-April 1989) and substitute-anchored the CBS Sunday Night News (1987-89).
She joined CBS News as a reporter in its Washington bureau in 1977 and was named a correspondent in 1978.
Previously, Spencer worked for WCCO-TV, the CBS Owned station in Minneapolis, where she held several positions, including reporter and co-anchor (1972-77). She was a researcher for WCBS-TV, the CBS Owned station in New York (1971-72) and a writer and producer for the public affairs broadcast at WKPC-TV Louisville, Ky.
Spencer was born Nov. 28 in Memphis. She was graduated from Michigan State University in 1968 with a B.A. degree and from Columbia University in 1969 with a master's degree in journalism.