Susie Steimle is proud to be reporting for the KPIX original series Project Home. She knows the housing affordability crisis is personal to everyone in the Bay Area and she’s eager to hear your story.
Since arriving at KPIX 5 in 2016, she’s been a part of a variety of housing related investigations. In her first investigative series she exposed millionaires lying on low income housing applications, and then renting out those low income apartments on AirBnB. The city attorney is now suing one of the millionaires exposed in that investigation.
Susie also found realtors who were coaching homebuyers on how to legally evict people through what was known as the duplex loophole. Months after our series aired Oakland voters passed Measure Y and made it more difficult to kick rent controlled tenants out of their homes.
Prior to moving to San Francisco Susie worked at WBZ-TV in Boston covering the Marathon Bombings trial, Hurricane Sandy, and the Aaron Hernandez murder trial that rocked the New England Patriots and the region.
Susie got her start as a 20-year-old working for KOMU-TV, a university-owned NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri.
“I worked every possible job in the newsroom. I answered phones, edited video, posted content for the website, shot my own stories, reported live, anchored newscasts, and even produced,” she said.
She’s convinced the early experience made her a better reporter and allowed her to appreciate the challenges that colleagues face day in and day out.
After graduation, Susie served as the Political Reporter and a fill-in news anchor at WCAX-TV in Burlington, VT. While there, she covered the 2012 New Hampshire primary when Barack Obama and Mitt Romney went head to head for the presidential nomination.
She then moved to Providence, Rhode Island to accept an anchor and reporter position at WJAR-TV.
Although the Bay Area is her home now she grew up in Michigan. The Midwesterner was raised in a news-conscious household. “My parents watched the news every single night and 60 Minutes every Sunday,” she said.
Her interest in broadcasting began in high school where she took part in theatre and speech competitions. She excelled and her talent led to scholarships at the University of Missouri, known for its strong journalism school.
Women’s rights and mental health awareness are two causes dear to Susie’s heart, and while in Rhode Island, she advocated for the Arthritis Foundation.
Susie loves to travel and has been to 28 countries, including a recent 5 day overnight hike to Machu Picchu. When she’s not exploring the world, Susie loves hiking around the Bay Area, finding new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.