Suzanne’s father was hoping she would eventually take an interest in running the family farm, but Suzanne knew at a young age that she was not going to stay in Monticello. After winning the local Watermelon Queen pageant, the 14-year-old was a guest on the Tallahassee CBS affiliate’s morning show and she knew that’s what she wanted to do.
After graduating with a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Florida in 1995, Suzanne immediately went to work for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s 24-hour news channel, writing for both the newspaper and television station. She anchored there for 2 ½ years before landing the job in South Florida.
Suzanne was first hired in 1998 as the weekend reporter for CBS 12 and FOX 29 in West Palm Beach and within 6 months, was anchoring the weekend shows. She eventually went on to launch the CBS 12 I-Team and won 3 Associated Press awards for her reporting. Suzanne spent 20 years at CBS12 – most recently as the morning anchor – before she retired from the news business in 2018.
Suzanne is now producing her own talk show with psychotherapist Shannon Thompson Jones called “What Your Friends Won’t Tell You”. It is a weekly show they broadcast on Facebook Live, YouTube and on their WYFWTY podcast. Suzanne and Shannon tackle challenging issues like divorce, addiction, co-dependency and give their viewers insight and tools to deal with those challenges.
Suzanne is also the co-author of The Dream Pillow storybook, which she wrote with her friend whose daughter created the Dream Pillow to help children sleep.
Suzanne has spent her career telling people’s stories and she is now excited to launch her own podcast “People of Palm Beach” to highlight interesting locals. She has strong interviewing, branding, social media, digital marketing, communication and public relations skills.
When she’s not working, you can find Suzanne at the yoga studio. She has been practicing for several years now and lives in Delray Beach with her two children.