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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Consumer Warning: Personal Data Found On Used Phones

There’s an important consumer alert out for anyone who owns a cell phone.


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‘It Was Quite Fantastic’: Man’s Quirky Obituary Goes Viral

It’s not every day we talk about obituaries make news, but a local man’s unusual death notice has gone viral.


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Staggering Stats Shed Light On Dangers Of Kids Climbing On Dressers

The statistics are staggering. Every two weeks, a child dies in a furniture tip-over accident. About, two-thirds of fatalities involve toddlers.


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Zelienople’s Strand Theater Remembers Late Actress Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds started performing as a teenager and never stopped entertaining.


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Fire Chief Explains Proper Ways To Put Out Kitchen Fires

Would you know what to do if a cooking fire broke out on top of your kitchen stove? For most people the answer is no, which is why kitchen fires are the leading cause of house fires in the United States, resulting in more than 400 deaths, more than 5,000 injuries and millions of dollars in property damage each year.


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Local ‘Super Dog’ 1 Of Only 4 Arson Dogs In Pa.

Patty, a black Goldador (that’s a mix between a Labrador and a Golden Retriever), is incredibly cute, that’s for sure. But she is so rare, there are only 4 dogs like her in the state of Pennsylvania.


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Do Expensive Pillows Enhance Your Quality Of Sleep?

Is the key to getting a good night’s sleep your pillow?


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Swim, Bike, Run, Repeat: Latrobe Ironman Prepares For Championship In Hawaii

Two-three hours a day, seven days a week, you’ll find John Duda doing what it takes to be an Ironman.


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UPMC-Developed Fiber Tracking Technology Being Called Life-Changing For Cancer Patients

Thanks to cutting edge technology developed at Pitt and UPMC, patients from around the world are now coming to Pittsburgh for life-saving brain surgery and treatments.


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Mom Rescued From Washington Blvd. Flooding: ‘I Can’t Believe Water Can Come Up That Fast’

First responders rescued a woman and her three kids after their car was swallowed by floodwaters on Washington Boulevard Sunday night.


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Susan Koeppen’s Lucky Dress To Be Auctioned Off For Charity

It was the lucky dress that helped bring the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins.


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Women Experiencing Hair Loss Due To Pulling Hair Back While Exercising

More and more women are noticing they are losing their hair and it could be because of something they are doing when they exercise.


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New Glasses Help Colorblind Men And Women See Colors

For people who are colorblind, their world looks vastly different, but once they put on a new pair of glasses — made by EnChroma — their entire world changes.


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Does Price Equal Better Protection When It Comes To Sunglasses?

Sunglasses are key to protecting our eyes from harmful UV rays. But do you really need to pay a lot of money to get good glasses?


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Automated Braking Called ‘Greatest Car Safety Invention In 20 Years’

Using sensors, cars with AEB can detect a collision, warn the driver and bring the vehicle to a stop without the driver ever touching the brakes.



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