For avid followers of the news, Susan Li is a familiar face. Li, whose career has spanned over a decade, has worked in different news stations including CCTV, Bloomberg, Fox Business Network, and many others. For every station she has been at, she has consistently proven her worth as a seasoned journalist.
The journalist, who is primarily known for her distinguished involvement in business news, has interviewed many prominent businessmen, politicians, and celebrities, some of which include Justin Trudeau, Tim Cook, Jet Li, and Robert De Niro, among others. Susan Li has successfully built an enviable career, becoming a recognizable name in her industry.
Being A Polyglot Created Opportunities For Susan Li
Susan Li, who was born on the 1st of May, 1985 in China, spent most of her childhood in Canada after her mother migrated from China to Toronto, Canada when Li was still a child. Apart from English, Li, as a person of Chinese descent, is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin; this brings the total number of languages she speaks to three. This has incredibly paid off in the course of her work as she has gotten the opportunity to use all three languages.
Susan got her journalism career started the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). At CBC, she worked as an associate producer and a reporter, contributing to both the radio and television stations of the network. Susan then left CBC and began working at Chinese Central Television also known as CCTV, in 2003.
At CCTV, she worked as an anchor for the international subsidiary of the network. It was at this station that her knowledge of Mandarin, Cantonese, and English came to play. Her fluency in the English language was the edge she needed to work in this position. As a host, she was in charge of the business news recap; she also had to work on editing the news. Some of the most popular people she interviewed during her 3-year stay at this station were basketball player, Yao Ming, and the now late Hugo Chávez,
Her Background In Economics Was An Edge For Her Reports On Global Markets
Susan Li is a graduate of Economics from the University of Toronto; this is probably why she is inclined to the business world. After leaving CCTV, she started to walk the path of international business news and it has been an interesting journey since then.
Li got a job as the host of Bloomberg Television’s evening news, Asia Business Tonight, which is focused on business in the Asia-Pacific region. This was in the year 2006 and at the time, she was based in Hong Kong. Four years into her stay at Bloomberg she took on three more slots, Bloomberg Edge, Morning Call, and First Up with Susan Li.
During her time at Bloomberg, Li was required to travel internationally as she was part of Bloomberg’s global programming. At this job as well, Susan Li had the opportunity to interview high profile individuals such as former Prime Minister of Malaysia – Najib Razak, author – Malcolm Gladwell, CEO of Baidu – Robin Li, and the then US Ambassador to China Gary Locke.
Susan Li left Bloomberg in 2014 and she moved to CNBC. She was initially put under the Asian subsidiary of the network; this meant that she was tasked with covering the network’s core business day programming in Asia-Pacific. Working at CNBC Asia, she was a co-anchor on Asia Squawk Box (ASB), a stint she did alongside Martin Soong. Later in March that year, 2014, ASB was moved from Singapore to Hong Kong; accompanying this new development, Susan Li also started anchoring the show with Canadian anchor, Bernard Lo. As she had done in the past, she covered business stories and interviewed other major players in the finance industry in Asia such as P. Chidambaram – former Indian Finance Minister, and Haruhiko Kuroda – the governor of Bank of Japan.
The talented journalist only spent a year at CNBC Asia before moving to CNBC Europe where she also spent a year and then on to CNBC US. At CNBC Europe, she co-anchored Worldwide Exchange, another business news broadcast, with Wilfred Frost. As a correspondent and relief presenter at CNBC US, she interviewed Jet Li, Justin Trudeau, Robert de Niro, and Nobu Matsuhisa.
Her stay at CNBC ended in 2017 and she joined Fox Business Network the following year as a correspondent. At the network, where she focuses on financial breaking news, she has interviewed some notable business personalities. Her most popular interviews are with Quibi CEO – Meg Whitman, Canadian Prime Minister – Justin Trudeau, and Apple CEO – Tim Cook.
Her Hardwork Has Not Gone Unnoticed And She Has The Awards To Prove It
Her first award nomination came in 2008 when she was nominated for the Best News Anchor at the Asian Television Awards. It was also the same year she covered the Shanghai World Expo, the Chinese Stock Market, and the summer Olympics which were held in Beijing. Four years after her first nomination, First Up, a show that Li was the host for won the Best News Programmed Award at the Asian Television Awards, earning her a Best Anchor commendation alongside.
In 2015, Asia Squawk Box, which Susan Li hosted with Bernard Lo at the time, was also named the Best News Program at the Asian Television Awards.
Susan Li’s Love Life Remains A Mystery
Susan Li comes off as a very private person on social media. Her profiles on the different platforms suggest this, as the journalist only posts about work and seldomly about her personal life.
For a person in a profession where she is constantly in front of a camera, Susan Li has kept certain aspects of her life away from the eyes of the public. As a result, there isn’t a lot of information about her private life and this includes her romantic relationships. It is known that the Canadian broadcaster is not married and due to her preference for privacy, there is also no information on anyone she may have had a relationship with, past or present.