Susan Hirasuna is a proud hometown girl. She was born in Encino, raised in Simi Valley and graduated from the University of Southern California.
For more than two decades, she has anchored the weekend news and reported for Fox 11. She says she has the perfect job.
“I love the combination of anchoring in studio and working the rest of my week, in the communities of the greater Los Angeles area. An ordinary job wouldn’t have afforded me the privilege of seeing the different neighborhoods, meeting different people and enjoying different cultures. Plus, I just love a good story,” said Susan.
“I feel like such a cheerleader for Los Angeles. I’ve worked up and down California, started my career in a small town in Colorado, enjoyed a few years in Boston, but there’s no place like home. LA has only gotten better since I moved back -- the boom of the tech sector, the development downtown, the dynamic food and arts scene. I just marvel at what LA has become. The city and its people are brainy, arty, techy, entrepreneurial, fascinating!”
Every once in a while, she gets to combine her vocation with her avocation. Some of her favorite stories featured, tech founders like Elan Lee, creator of “Exploding Kittens” card game and breaker of Kickstarter and chefs like Roy Choi, Bruce Kalman, Perry Cheung, Jason Fullilove and Tony Esnault.
Susan considers herself an acolyte of biohackers like Ben Greenfield, Tim Ferris and Dave Asprey and jokes, she now spends more on supplements than groceries. She is particularly amused that she interviewed Asprey, not for his work as a biohacker, but because his photos were popular on fraudulent profiles on dating apps. “I called it ‘Photo swaps, not Photoshop!’”
Susan’s work has been recognized by the Los Angeles Emmy awards, the Golden Mikes and New England Emmy awards.
In 2012, she traveled to Japan on a fellowship to report on recovery and rebuilding efforts, a year after the great quake and tsunami. As an anchor, she’s handled extended coverage of the Route 91 shooting in Las Vegas, the death of Princess Diana and too many wildfires and police pursuits to count.
Susan is a longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association and served on the LA board for years. Currently, she is still active with the chapter as an advisory board member. For many years, she helped curate chefs and restaurants for an annual event to benefit the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, an organization that helps domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their children. In 2017, CPAF honored her with it’s “Champion of Change” award for her volunteerism.
Susan has two sons and a small, sometimes unpredictable rescue dog.