Susannah Collins: CSN Chicago's Sarah Kustok Replacement

Susannah Collins: CSN Chicago's Sarah Kustok Replacement

(UPDATE 5-7-13 11:50 A.M.: Susannah releases public statement on her own home page)

UPDATE 5-3-13: Susannah is fired by Comcast SportsNet. This link explains why I believe the Blackhawks themselves had more to do with her dismissal than CSN!!!

Comcast Sports Net officially announced the full-time hire of anchor/reporter Susannah Collins as its newest on-air talent member (effective September 20).  Collins will handle on-site, post-game reporting duties throughout the year at home games for all four of CSN’s pro team partners and anchor their flagship program SportsNite. In other words, she’s the replacement for Sarah Kustok.

In addition, Susannah Collins will frequently host viewer interactive studio segments on the network’s post-game shows, along with a variety of online segments to be showcased on  You can follow Susannah Collins on Twitter @SusannahCollins.  The announcement was made by Charlie Schumacher, Senior News Director for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

“We are very pleased to bring someone of Susannah’s experience and local sports enthusiasm to our network on a full-time basis,” said Schumacher.

Susannah became an internet superstar for a few days thanks to Mr. T (watch here to see why)

Currently the co-host of Comcast SportsNet’s popular Gas Money sports trivia show, Susannah Collins has already been handling post-game reporting duties for CSN’s White Sox telecasts, along with reporting and anchoring on SportsNet Central. 

Previously, Collins gained national attention for her on-air work at Showtime Sports, where she appeared as a special correspondent for the network’s weekly studios shows Inside the NFL and Inside NASCAR.  At Showtime, Collins primarily reported on both topical and light-hearted stories, along with frequent on-set studio interaction with the programs’ hosts and analysts.

Over the past two years at Showtime Sports, Susannah Collins reported from both Super Bowls in Dallas & Indianapolis, interviewing numerous athletes and celebrities.  Collins also covered MMA and boxing events for Showtime as a live event reporter and web-feature contributor.

In addition to her work at Showtime, Susannah Collins also served as a correspondent/reporter for the NFL Network, NBC and CBS over the past two years.  In 2011, Collins anchored the weekend sports broadcasts at WCBS-TV in New York.  This past summer, Collins hosted numerous “Fan Fest” events for at the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City.

Susannah Collins is both an Illini and a local girl, who grew up in the Chicago western suburb of Downers Grove, IL, attended Downers Grove North H.S.  She graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2001, where, as an undergraduate, worked extensively on both ends of the microphone for student radio station WPGU-FM 107.1.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an author and regular contributor to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter and Yardbarker.

Banks has appeared on Comcast SportsNet and the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks)


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