Sand and surf suit weekend anchor Susan Lennon

Susan Lennon joined Fox 5 San Diego in August 2008 as the weekend anchor of the Fox 5 News at Ten. While working for NBC in Houston, she won awards for her stories on peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kuwait. As a correspondent, Lennon filed stories from the Red Cross camps in Macedonia during the Albanian refugee crisis.

Lennon’s extensive coverage of U.S. military operations, including reports from the USS Nimitz in the Arabian gulf, led to an invitation to co-host the Montel Williams show to salute service members. While working as a reporter at KPRC in Houston, Lennon was named “Street Reporter of the Year” for her coverage of breaking news in the community.

Lennon received her B.A in journalism with honors from Menlo College and later completed the Graduate Studies Journalism Program at Stanford University. She lives in Del Mar where she enjoys surfing, boogie boarding, and running on the beach with her two sons.

What brought you to Del Mar?

I used to ride horses at the Del Mar Fairgrounds when I was little and I always wanted to live here. Plus, my little brother Patrick lives in San Diego and I wanted to be closer to him. It was a stroke of luck that a station owner in San Diego saw my work at NBC in Houston and offered me a job.

What makes this town special to you?

It is so beautiful. I am a beach person, so of course it’s the coastline, but the lifestyle, the people, the restaurants and shops — it’s a long list of what makes this area special.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

It would be great to see Del Mar have more of a walkable downtown area. There are great stores here, but once you get past 13th Street going south on 101, there are quite a few vacancies, and it seems a bit fragmented.

Who or what inspires you?

My mom inspires me. She is the kindest person I have ever met.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My dad, Tiger Woods (just for my dad), President Obama, Jimmy Buffet, Winston Churchill (named my dog after him), and my three best girlfriends —they make anything fun.

Tell us about what you are reading.

I am rereading J.D Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” along with, I admit, some silly gossip magazines.

What is your most-prized possession?

That would be a picture of my dad and I on his boat when I was a little girl.

What do you do for fun?

I love to travel, run Torrey Pines ... I enjoy anything in the water. I read a lot, and volunteer in my son’s class at Del Mar Heights. I have been known to enjoy a wine lunch (or two) at Sbicca.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

My greatest accomplishment is having my two little boys, Nick and Max. They are also my greatest gifts.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Be kind and compassionate, or at least try.