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Madison’s WISC Juggles Evening Anchor Lineup

WISC, the CBS-affiliate in Madison, is making some changes to the evening talent lineup to allow veteran anchor Susan Siman (pictured) more time with her family.

Effective today, Siman, who currently anchors the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts with Mark Koehn, will hand over the 6 p.m. reigns to Sarah Carlson and Eric Franke. Siman will contribute to the newscast as a reporter, and she and Koehn will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast.

“Sometimes, you have to make minor adjustments in your life to make everything else work,” Siman, who has a son in middle school, said in a statement. “That’s what I’m doing.”

Carlson and Franke will continue to anchor the 10 p.m. broadcast. “I’m thrilled we could find a solution that works for Susan, Sarah and our viewers,” news director Colin Benedict said.

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WISC Anchor Sarah Carlson Suffers On-Air Seizure, Again

WISC anchor Sarah Carlson, who recently underwent brain surgery to combat the recurrence of epileptic seizures, suffered what a appeared to be a mild seizure on-air yesterday evening.

At the beginning of WISC‘s 6 p.m. newscast on Tuesday, Carlson was delivering the news that Wisconsin would join other states in a lawsuit against President Obama’s health care overhaul.  Towards the end of the report, the veteran anchor begins to slur her words and for a moment her speech becomes unintelligible.

Miraculously, though, Carlson is able to finish.  When the camera cuts to Carlson’s co-anchor Susan Siman, a moment of surprise registers on her face before she plows ahead with the newscast’s next segment. Carlson left the newscast following the incident and Siman finished it solo.

“She’s okay,” Colin Benedict, WISC’s news director, assured the Wisconsin State Journal following the on-air episode.  Benedict says that he expects Carlson to continue anchoring the CBS-affiliate’s evening newscasts.

Carlson momentarily stepped away from TV in 2009 following a serious seizure that she suffered on-air while working for Madison NBC-affiliate WMTV.  She joined WISC in December after having surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor from her brain.  At the time, Carlson reported that her life was nearly seizure free. Read more