In a business known for frequent personnel changes, Susan Aude' has been at WIS Television since 1978.
Starting out doing general assignment reporting and weekend weather, her talent and popularity quickly propelled her to the anchor desk where she has been "the face of WIS News" since 1982. She currently anchors WIS News Ten Live at Five and WIS News at 6.
Susan has received dozens of honors for her work both as an anchor and reporter, including Newscaster of the Year from the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and, recently, that same organization's prestigious Master's Award. In 1998, Susan was named to the University of South Carolina College of Journalism's "Diamond Circle", joining a national group of esteemed individuals chosen for outstanding contributions to their field.
The Governor's Commission on Women honored Susan with its 2001 Woman of Achievement Award which is presented for "remarkable accomplishments and commitment to our state".
Susan's professional achievements are even more remarkable because she was paralyzed in an auto accident during her junior year at Erskine College. Following a year of hospitalization and rehabilitation, she went on to finish her college education, earn a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina, and began her exceptional career.
Her inspiring life and accomplishments have been the subject of stories in Good Housekeeping and Ms magazines, as well as on CNN and Lifetime cable channels and Sally Jesse Raphael. Among her proudest moments was bearing the Olympic Torch as it passed through Columbia in 1996.
Susan is also known for her community involvement and has received numerous humanitarian awards. She is a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer, member of the Community Relations Council Lunch Club of Columbia, a frequently requested speaker, and has a daughter, Blythe.