Cindy Hsu has been named anchor of the new WCBS weekday 9 a.m. newscast.
The new show will debut on the New York CBS owned station and the CBS News New York streaming channel on Monday, September 12.
A 30-year WCBS veteran, Hsu has most recently served as the anchor of the station’s weekend newscasts and a weekday reporter.
“Cindy will be much more than the anchor of our 9:00 AM newscasts,” said Sarah Burke, vice president and news director of CBS New York. “Her heart and soul—and three decades of experience reporting in the Tri-State area—will be on full display each morning. The newscast will distinguish itself by going beyond the headlines of the day— and putting a spotlight on organizations and people who are effecting positive change in our communities. We will also address topics that are near and dear to Cindy, including mental health awareness, education, childcare, adoption and seniors.”
“I am excited to embrace this opportunity to support and anchor a new daily newscast that reflects my values and passions, first and foremost as a community journalist—and also as a mother, dog mom and healthcare advocate,” Hsu said. “I want to thank Johnny Green (CBS New York president and general manager), Sarah Burke and all of my wonderful and talented colleagues for everything they do to make my time at CBS New York so enjoyable and meaningful.”
Before joining WCBS 30 years ago, Hsu worked as a journalist in Richmond, Va., Green Bay, Wis., and Steubenville, Ohio.
Hsu is open about her struggle with depression and hopes to break down the stigma surrounding mental health. She is a member of the National Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is also heavily involved in the Asian-American community. Some of her past and present philanthropic affiliations include: The Asian Professional Exchange (APEX), which is a big brother/big sister program—Cindy and her little sister have been together for more than two decades; she has also worked with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Humane Society of New York, the Children’s Miracle Network and the Museum of Chinese in America.
Cindy has served as president of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association—and paddled for years on a championship Dragon Boating team called Women in Canoe.
The newscasts anchored by Hsu will be simulcast on WCBS and CBS News New York from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Then, from 9:30 to 10 a.m., the newscast will continue exclusively on CBS News New York.