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Susan Koeppen

KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh, PA) nightly news anchor and consumer reporter

Susan KoeppenBefore 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.

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

Reprinted with permission.


Suggested Speech Topics

Balancing Motherhood and Work
Real Life Stories: The Best of Susan Koeppen
Every Day is a Good Day: My Near Death Experience and What I Have Learned

Video segments are available on all of the above.


Topic descriptions provided in her own words
by Susan Koeppen.

Balancing Motherhood and Work: I like to call it "Mama on the Move!" Time is my enemy. I work in a fast-paced, high-pressure industry where things are happening 24/7 -- it's called Motherhood. You can often find me with a baby on my hip, a toddler attached to my leg, a cell phone at my ear and a blackberry in my hand. If you think I'm kidding, just ask my husband. He sees me juggling all the time. (cue the Circus Music). But I love every minute of it and I have realized that I can make all my dreams come true--having a great family and a great job--but it takes courage, hard work, a driving need to succeed, and a few Coronas don't hurt.

Real Life Stories: As a Consumer Correspondent for "The Early Show" on CBS, I have done numerous human interest stories--from how to save yourself if you fall through the ice (I actually got into icy water to demonstrate) to how to escape a sinking car (I plunged into the water in a car to see for myself) to the crucial need to have an escape plan if you are ever caught in a fire (I burned down a house with the help of a fire department). There is a special video of my “Best Stuff”.


Comment on Susan Koeppen

“Susan was just what the doctor good information....smooth... She wowed the crowd....vivacious...very friendly...received phone calls at home patting you and I on the back for our selection...”
Donn Cramton, Horizons Town Talk, Saginaw, MI

Susan Koeppen is available for keynote speeches and panel discussions. Please contact:

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