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Susan Koeppen

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A nationally known, award-winning journalist, Susan Koeppen co-anchors the weeknight editions of KDKA-TV News at 6 and 11. In addition Susan is KDKA’s consumer reporter.

Before joining the KDKA news team, Susan was the consumer correspondent for CBS News’ “The Early Show.” Previously, Susan was a consumer reporter and weekend morning anchor for WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (2000-04). Before that, she was an anchor/reporter at WHEC-TV Rochester, N.Y.; an anchor/reporter at WKTV-TV Utica, N.Y.; and a reporter at WNYT-TV Albany.

The Emmy Award-winning reporter is also the recipient of three Gracie Allen Awards. Susan has been honored by the Associated Press for general excellence in reporting and best local documentary. Susan received a Golden Quill award for her story on Wi-Fi dangers. In 2006, she received the Beacon Award from the Home Safety Council for her work on consumer safety issues. Susan was the first reporter to break the news of the largest crib recall in U.S. history. She has traveled the globe for her stories, including reporting live from the Vatican. She received the United Nations Association of Rochester International Media Award for her coverage of war-torn Bosnia.

In 2011, Susan suffered cardiac arrest while training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. She received CPR from two medical students who were driving by and firefighters shocked her heart with an AED. Doctors believe severe mitral regurgitation caused by her mitral valve prolapse lead to her sudden cardiac death. She had open heart surgery in March 2012 to repair her mitral valve and has fully recovered. Susan is now a national spokesperson for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. She works closely with the American Heart Association. She has shared her story on several national talk shows such as “The Talk”, “The Doctors”, and “Doctor Radio.” Susan also works as an emcee and speaker at various local and national events.

Susan was born in Albany, N.Y. She was graduated in 1994 from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in broadcast journalism. She enjoys travel and has been to every continent except Antarctica. Susan is married to plastic surgeon, Dr. Jim O’Toole. They have three children.

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Local Photographer Goes The Extra Mile To Capture Shots Of Pittsburgh

There is no doubt that Pittsburgh has one of the most beautiful skylines in the country, and local photographer Dave DiCello makes his living trying to capture every angle of it.

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Angie’s List: 3 Simple Summer Lawn Tips

Even though your annoying neighbor does, it can be hard to find the time and energy to maintain a perfectly manicured lawn. But don’t get discouraged.

07/24/2014

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Soccer Goals Causing Potential Danger For Children

There are more than three million kids who play soccer in the United States, and 44,000 in the Pittsburgh region. That’s a lot of children on the soccer field, and many kids and parents are unaware of a danger on the field — soccer goals tipping over.

07/17/2014

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Angie’s List: Give Your Home A Facelift With Brick Staining

Whether you hate the color of your brick or you’re looking to give your home a facelift, there’s a new option to consider — brick staining.

07/17/2014

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Hazelwood Youth Football Organization Back Up & Running

Youth football is back in Hazelwood.

07/10/2014

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Consumer Reports: NutriBullet Pro 900 Could Be Dangerous

The new version of the NutriBullet is supposed to be even more powerful for creating healthy drinks, but the problem is it could be dangerous.

07/10/2014

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Consumer Tips To Guarantee A Proper Home Inspection

Buying a new home is likely the largest purchase you will ever make, so it makes sense to have that home inspected before you sign on the dotted line.

07/10/2014

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Local Expert Weighs In After Great White Shark Attack

Six sand tiger sharks captivate the crowd at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

07/07/2014

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Consumer Reports: Tips To Protect Electronics On Vacation

A Consumer Reports survey found 94 percent of us don’t leave home without at least one device and vacationers take along three on average.

07/04/2014

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Angie’s List: How To Pick The Perfect Set Of Wheels

There are tons of bicycles to choose from, so finding the right fit can be a little tricky.

07/03/2014

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Consumer Reports: Portable Air Conditioners No Better Than Fans

If you’re considering buying an air conditioner, but you don’t want a lot of fuss with a window installation, you might be tempted to go with one of those portable floor units.

07/02/2014

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Angie’s List: Beware Of Scams From Storm-Chasing Contractors

Most families have a safety plan to follow when severe weather strikes. But when the sky clears and cleanup begins, don’t let your guard down.

06/26/2014

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Consumer Reports’ Tips For Getting Freebies Online

There is some stuff you can get online without paying a penny. Consumer Reports ShopSmart Magazine has found the best freebies, everything from cosmetics to pet food.

06/24/2014

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Summer Savings: Which Credit Cards Save The Most On Gas?

It’s a great time of year to get the family in the car, hit the open road and head out for vacation.

06/23/2014

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Angie’s List: Landscaping For Every Budget

Landscaping can add as much as 14 percent to the value of your home, and not all landscaping projects need to be elaborate or expensive.

06/12/2014

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