Susan Koeppen

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.
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VITALS
Joined KDKA: September 2011 (Joined CBS News July 2004)
Hometown: Albany, New York
Alma Mater: Syracuse University

FAVORITES
Music: I listen to Top 40, but I love Billy Joel, U2 and Madonna. “Dream On” by Aerosmith is my favorite song.
Movie: “Sixteen Candles.” I have watched it over and over since I was a teenager.
TV Show: “Fixer Upper” and “Family Feud” are two of my favorites, but I can’t forget about “Girls” or “The Walking Dead”. “Breaking Bad” may just be my favorite show of all-time.
Book: “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb
Hobbies: Does online shopping count?
Sports Team: Steelers, Pirates, Penguins
Food: Pizza…did I mention pizza? I like black olives on my pizza and I dip my slices in bleu cheese dressing. Ken Rice thinks I’m gross.
Local Restaurant: Girasole in Shadyside
Hidden PA Gem: The old airport behind Seven Springs Mountain Resort. My family goes there to skip rocks in the pond and pick wild blueberries.
Sport/Exercise: Skiing, Spinning, Tennis…you name it. I like to workout every day.
Historical Figure: Susan B. Anthony
Favorite Pennsylvanian: My husband and kids.
Quote: “Every day’s a bonus.”
Word: Ramifications. It’s the first big word I learned as a kid and I’ve been using it ever since.
Vacation Spot: Hilton Head. You’ll find me sitting on the beach, playing tennis or at the Frozen Moo (90+ flavors of ice cream!)
Holiday: Thanksgiving. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with family and eating mashed potatoes. #carbaholic
Guilty Pleasure: I eat Twix bars like it’s my job.
Planet Earth

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones. I saw them in concert at Rich Stadium in Buffalo in the 90s and they were amazing.
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy. I recite quotes from “Tommy Boy” on a daily basis.
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Night
East Coast or West Coast? Born and raised in N.Y. and lived in NYC so I need to say EAST, but I LOVE going out WEST to visit family and friends in California.
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars. Hands down.

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.

most recent stories2 Susan Koeppen

Steelers Fans Featured In NFL ‘Super Bowl Babies’ Commercial

Data suggests that nine-months after a Super Bowl victory winning cities see a rise in births, that’s according to a new commercial from the NFL.

02/02/2016

Consumer Reports: Top Bathroom Scales

Consumer Reports has advice on buying scales and recently tested six that measure not only weight, but also things like body mass index and fat.

01/22/2016

Angie’s List: Travel Agents Can Save You Time, Money

Our winter weather may have you planning a quick getaway to someplace warm, but how do you know if you’re getting the best deal on airfare and accommodations?

01/14/2016

Consumer Reports’ Tips On Cell Phone Savings

Consumer Reports says if you’re paying more than $50 per phone line each month, it may be time to rustle up a better deal.

01/11/2016

Angie’s List: Guaranteeing A Good Home Inspector

Most people wouldn’t dream of buying a home without first having it inspected, but how can you tell a good home inspector from a bad one?

01/07/2016

Local Girl Making Wishes Come True While Pursuing Her Dream

A local girl has big dreams of making it to New York City one day.

01/06/2016

Consumer Reports Puts Workout Equipment To The Test

With everyone making New Year’s resolutions, sales of exercise equipment peak this time of year. But, ellipticals and treadmills cost thousands of dollars, so you want to be sure to get a good machine.

01/01/2016

Consumer Reports: Buying Better Meat

Some major restaurant chains have already announced they’ll stop using meat that’s been treated with antibiotics.

12/31/2015

Angie’s List: Wills, Estate Planning Not Just For Parents

Angie’s List has expert advice for the high percentage of Americans over the age of 34 who have yet to make a will.

12/31/2015

Consumer Reports Offers Tips On How To Save Big Money On Your Meds

Some Americans are seeing their drug prices skyrocket, but you may be able to save money if you change where you shop for your prescriptions.

12/28/2015

Consumer Reports: Getting Cash For Unwanted Gift Cards

What should you do if you get a gift card you don’t want or know you’ll never use?

12/25/2015

Consumer Reports: Best Bet For Batteries

No doubt you’ll need lots of AA batteries on Christmas for all of those new toys and electronic devices.

12/24/2015

Angie’s List: Choosing The Best Pet-Friendly Flooring

When it comes to flooring, it’s hard to beat hardwood, unless you’re part of the 60 percent of American families that owns a pet.

12/24/2015

200-Plus Customers Sue Wen, Claiming Products Caused Hair To Fall Out

Some customers are now blaming Wen products for making their hair fall out.

12/16/2015

Walmart App’s Wish List Aims To Make Holiday Shopping Less Stressful

When you register at a store, you walk around with a scanner and zap all the things you want. Now, Walmart is making it easy for holiday shoppers.

12/14/2015

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