Susan Zirinsky Bio, Salary, Husband, Children

By Sujata Limbu | Updated On: 11 Aug, 2019
Susan Zirinsky Bio, Salary, Husband, Children

Susan Zirinsky is a distinguished journalist and an executive producer of the popular news station CBS. She has been working in CBS for four decades and finally after her decades of genuine contribution, she recently got promoted to the president and the senior executive producer of the CBS in 2019. 

For her contribution, Susan was even honored with Emmys Award, The Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.


The vigorous member of the CBS, Susan was born on March 1, 1953, in N.Y. Talking about her parents, her father Richard was a real estate investor, and mother Cynthia is a Director of the Gracie Square Hospital.

After her father’s death with bipolar disorder, her mother donated the fund to the ‘Zirinsky mood disorder center.’

Susan chose journalism as her career, where she thought she would make a change. She first joined CBS when she was at her early age of 20 as a student at Washington’s American University and later graduated from there.

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Career- CBS

Susan has been serving the CBS for more than 40 years. She joined the CBS News in 1972 as a part-time production clerk.

As of now, in her more than four decades of a career in CBS, Susan has done many great works and has achieved much success. She involved in every department of the station and provided her guidance to the sectors including CBS News broadcasts, CBS Morning and Evening News, CBS Entertainment and so on.

In addition, she has worked as a bridge to conduct meeting for CBS with international News coverage including Kuwait, Russia, Europe, Japan, China, South & Central America and also in Middle and Eastern Europe.

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Initially, Zirinsky worked as a senior producer for the CBS Evening News for Washington from 1989-1991 and after that in New York until 1992. Later, she served for Democratic and Republican National Conventions and also became the director of the CBS News. The same year, she was promoted as a senior CBS News producer at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Franch.

Meanwhile, from 1995 to 1996, Susan managed the operations of the CBS News’ election-year and as well as an executive producer for 48 hours since July 1996. Similarly, in 2006, she worked as an executive producer with the CBS Entertainment called Countdown and worked with many CBS series including Jericho, Elvis by the Presley’s and as well as in America’s Next Top Model.

Besides that, Zirinsky has also made several award-winning documentaries and programs including ‘Three Days in September.’ Her other contributions include Flashpoint, Celebrating Cronkite at 90, and That’s The Way It Is. 

After her long list of works, at present in 2019, she added more numbers to her worklist. She became the president and senior executive producer of CBS in January 2019. 

Salary & Net Worth

An average salary of a Journalist is greater than or equal to $40,179. But since Susan is more than just a reporter in her career, she probably receives more than an average salary of the journalist and reporter.

She has contributed half of her life to the CBS and is now a president and senior executive producer of CBS. So, today, we can assume that she probably might be earning a considerable amount of net worth.

Husband, Children

Parenthood requires love and affection, not DNA. Susan Zirinsky and her husband Joseph F. Peyronnin III are core illustration to the saying. The married couple are parents of a daughter named Zoe Peyronnin.

In 1996, the pair adopted their baby girl from China since the Chinese were not allowed to have more than a child according to their law. On the other hand, they were facing troublesome in having a kid. Thus, happily, the pair adopted Zoe. Besides Zoe, the couple has no other biological children.

Family: Susan with her husband Joseph and adopted daughter Zoe. (Source: Susan's facebook)

Susan got married to Joseph F. Peyronnin III, who is also a journalist like her on 20 July 1984. As of now, he works as a journalism professor at New York University since 2008.

At the moment, the family of the trio lives their life to the fullest. Through the social media post,