|Education||Michigan State University|
|Occupation||News anchor, reporter, correspondent of 48 Hours Mystery|
|Notable credit(s)||Emmy Award,
Environmental Defense Fund Award,
RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award
Spencer was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1968 with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. The following year, Spencer completed her Master's in Journalism.
In 1971-1972, Spencer worked as a researcher for CBS-owned WCBS-TV in New York. She was also a writer and producer for public affairs broadcast at WKPC-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1972-1977, Spencer worked for Minneapolis-based CBS station WCCO-TV, where she was reporter and co-anchor. She joined CBS News' Washington bureau in 1977 and became a correspondent in 1978. In 1986, she was named medical correspondent for CBS News. From 1987 through 1988, she was a substitute anchor and from 1988 through 1989, anchor of the Sunday edition of CBS Evening News. In 1989, she reported on the death of Emperor Hirohito of Japan and Tiananmen Square protests. A year later, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Spencer reported major international events such as the Persian Gulf War.
As national correspondent, she also covered first inauguration of President Bill Clinton and re-election campaign of President George Herbert Walker Bush. She was then CBS News' White House correspondent and the main correspondent for Eye on America segments in the news. In 1993, she was named a correspondent for 48 Hours, covering subjects ranging from drug wars in Colombia to custody battles in the United States.
Spencer has been recognized with Emmy Awards for her 48 Hours stories, an Environmental Defense Fund Award, and a RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence for a story about the struggle of a child to find a match for an organ transplant.
- "CBS News. Susan Spencer. Correspondent, "48 Hours Mystery"". 1998-01-08. Retrieved 2011-06-13.
- "48 Hours Mystery. Susan Spencer". CBS News. Retrieved 2011-06-13.