Susan Wornick, legendary anchor and reporter, recently stepped down from WCVB's news desk in February 2014. Wornick was named anchor of WCVB-TV’s Midday newscast in February 1989. Since then, NewsCenter 5’s noon broadcast remained the top-ranked and most watched news program in the time period. Wornick was named a member of Team 5 Investigates, WCVB’s investigative unit, in 2006 and served as Channel 5’s longtime consumer reporter.
Wornick joined WCVB in 1981 and has won many awards during her tenure. In 2013, Wornick received the Emerson College Distinguished Alumni award and was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Most recently, she was honored with the State of Massachusetts’ Certificate of Appreciation, the State's highest honor for consumer advocacy, never before given to someone not working in State government.
In 2012, Wornick was presented the Embracing The Legacy (of Robert F. Kennedy) award at the Kennedy Library in recognition of her work in protecting children. In 2010, the National Headliner Awards program recognized Wornick for a Team 5 Investigates report that exposed problems with rusting Toyota Tundras. This story helped lead to a national recall of the vehicle.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognized Wornick with the Silver Circle Award in 2005 for twenty-five years of service to WCVB and the community. Wornick has also received three regional Emmy Awards, most recently in 2009 for a story on fire safety. In 1984, she shared an Emmy Award for coverage of a verdict in a controversial trial, and in 1983, she shared an Emmy for reporting on the crash of a World Airways plane at Boston’s Logan Airport.
In 1991, Wornick received the prestigious Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) for a news series she reported called Punishment Without A Crime. The series examined a Massachusetts law that allows the imprisonment of innocent women with drug or alcohol problems. It focused statewide attention on the insufficient number of Massachusetts state treatment facilities for women, including teenagers, who often ended up in prison cells instead of proper treatment programs.
In June, 1985, she gained national prominence by refusing to reveal a news source. Wornick was held in contempt of court and narrowly averted a jail sentence.
Wornick was an anchor and reporter at WHDH Radio in Boston from 1979 to 1981. She also worked for WBZ Radio in Boston as an anchor/reporter, where she won several Associated Press and United Press International Awards for radio journalism.
Wornick spends a tremendous amount of time volunteering in the community and serving as a celebrity auctioneer for many organizations including the Mass Coalition for the Homeless and Mayyim Hayyim. She helps to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and supports Rodman Celebration for Kids. Wornick is an advisory board member for the Be Like Brit Foundation, which was started in the name of Britney Gengel, whose family built and opened an orphanage in her name in Grand Guave, Haiti after she was killed in the earthquake of 2010.
Born in The Bronx, New York, and raised in Natick, Wornick now resides in Needham. She is a graduate of Boston’s Emerson College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1988, Wornick was honored by the State Department of Youth Services for her volunteer work with troubled teenagers. In 1995, she was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Becker College in Worcester, MA.