KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh, PA) nightly news anchor and consumer reporter
Before joining the KDKA news team, Susan Koeppen was the consumer correspondent for CBS News’ “The Early Show”. Previous stints included consumer reporter and morning anchor for WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (2000-2004); anchor/reporter for WHEC-TV Rochester, NY; anchor/reporter at WKTV-TV Utica, NY; and reporter at WNYT-TV Albany.
The Emmy Award-winning newscaster 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. She received a Golden Quill Award for her story on Wi-Fi dangers. In 2006, she was honored with 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 just happened to be driving by and firefighters shocked her heart with an AED. Doctors believe severe mitral regurgitation caused by her mitral valve prolapse led 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 appears as a speaker and emcee at various local and national events.