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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Expert: Never Pay Full Price For Gift Cards

For the ninth year in a row, experts say gift cards are the most sought after type of present for the holidays.


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How To Find The Best Sales For Black Friday And Beyond

Duquesne University Marketing Professor Audrey Guskey says Black Friday has really lost its luster and doesn’t have the power that it used to have.


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Angie’s List: Garage Door Replacement Tips

Few of us think much about our garage door until it stops working or it becomes so weather-beaten, it’s an eyesore.


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Consumer Reports: Be Wary When Buying Meds Online

Almost 2 million Americans are trying to save money by buying medications online, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey. But government investigators have found that many rogue pharmacies peddle bad drugs online that can cause serious harm.


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Fitness Tracker Sales On The Rise, But Are They Accurate?

Last year alone, there were an estimated 19 million fitness tracking devices in use. But, how accurate are they?


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Pocket-Sized Alarm Delivers Protection On Demand

Bob and Michele Utzij are life-long residents of Mt. Washington. Every night, they take a walk… with a baseball bat in hand.


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Angie’s List: Repair Business In No Need Of Repair

What do you do when the coffee pot stops brewing, the leaf blower stops blowing or the laptop goes haywire? Do you fix it or go buy new?


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Angie’s List: How To Safely Remove Lead Paint

An alert for anyone who owns a house built before 1978: if you’re planning to paint, renovate or strip any wood within it, you first need to get it tested for lead.


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New Glass Shower Door Regulations Sought After Rash Of Breaks & Injuries

It can happen in a split second. One minute you’re getting ready – the next – you’re covered in glass.


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Angie’s List: How To Maintain Concrete Driveways And Sidewalks

A cracked sidewalk or driveway with weeds popping through is no way to welcome guests to your home, especially if you’re trying to sell.


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Angie’s List: Using Drones For Businesses

David Beaudin has been inspecting homes and buildings with his lightweight drone for more than a year.


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Consumer Reports: Should You Buy An Ultra HD TV?

Consumer Reports seeks to answer if now is the right time to purchase an ultra high-definition television or hold off.


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Angie’s List: Don’t Get Duped By A Ticket Scheme

So you want tickets to the big game or the hot concert, but they’re already sold out.


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Touching Update On Susan Koeppen’s Story

People often ask me if I keep in touch with the medical students who gave me CPR when I suffered cardiac arrest back in 2011.


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Consumer Reports: Cutting Teen Car Insurance Costs

Getting a driver’s license is a big milestone for teenagers and their families. But along with that is the worry of rocketing insurance premiums.



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