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Obama Talks Energy in Latest Round of Local Press

President Obama did another round of local interviews yesterday, sitting down with eight stations from the Orlando, Cincinnati, Denver, Los Angeles, Austin, Des Moines, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh markets.

The interviews lasted about five minutes each and focused mostly on gas prices and energy policy. “As long as gas prices are going up, people are going to feel like I’m not doing enough and I understand that,” Obama told WFTV’s Greg Warmoth. “Ultimately, though, there’s no silver bullet here.”

The interviews were granted to three ABC affiliates, two CBS affiliates and two NBC affiliates. Adriana Arevalo‘s interview was broadcast on 18 Univision affiliates. Video inside…. Read more

KDKA’s Susan Koeppen Reports on Deadly Shooting From Hospital Room, Following Open Heart Surgery

Shortly after undergoing open heart surgery, KDKA anchor Susan Koeppen reported live from her hospital room, covering a deadly shooting at a nearby psychiatric clinic.

From the vantage point of her hospital room’s windows, Koeppen described the scene outside of the psychiatric clinic, where scores of police officers and emergency workers were navigating the aftermath of a shooting that killed two and injured several others.

Koeppen also spoke with a handful of workers inside the hospital, which had been placed under lockdown. Video inside… Read more

KDKA’s Susan Koeppen to Undergo Heart Surgery

KDKA anchor Susan Koeppen, who suffered cardiac arrest last November while out jogging, will undergo surgery next week to repair a faulty heart valve.

“The countdown is on…” Koeppen tweeted on Thursday.  “Heart surgery next week! Yikes! Wish me luck.”

Koeppen, 39, joined KDKA last fall after working as a correspondent for CBS News.  She currently co-anchors KDKA’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Koeppen took two months off after her cardiac arrest, returning to the KDKA anchor desk at the end of January.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that she expects to be back at work in May following the surgery.

KDKA Arranges On-Camera Reunion Between Anchor and People Who Saved Her Life

Susan Koeppen returned to the KDKA anchor desk this week, two months after suffering a cardiac arrest, and the CBS O&O is marking the occasion by unspooling a multi-part series about her medical emergency and current rehabilitation program.

On Monday, KDKA reporter Ken Rice told the story of Koeppen’s cardiac arrest (video here) and on Tuesday, Rice was back with a piece on the people who helped save her life.

In an arranged reunion at the scene of where Koeppen’s heart failed her on a morning jog, she met with the people who helped save her: a group of firefighters and two medical students, who just happened to be driving by when Koeppen collapsed (video inside). Read more

Two Months After Suffering Cardiac Arrest, Susan Koeppen Returns to KDKA

After a two-month absence from the KDKA anchor desk, Susan Koeppen returned to the air for the 6 p.m. newscast yesterday evening.

“You may have noticed that I’ve been missing for a couple months,” Koeppen said. “On November 20, 2011, a date I will never forget, I was out running with some friends and I suffered cardiac arrest.”

Koeppen, who joined KDKA in September, has undergone several surgeries since November. Watch the KDKA report, “Susan Koeppen’s Story: The Gift of Life,” after the jump. Read more

Mike Bothwell Named News Director At WTOV

Mike Bothwell is taking over in January as news director at WTOV, the NBC-affiliate in the Ohio Valley.

Since 2009, Bothwell has been the director of content and converage at WPXI, the NBC-affiliate in Pittsburgh. Both WPXI and WTOV are owned by Cox Enterprises.

“This is by far an amazing place to work with such hard-working and wonderful people,” Bothwell told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m happy to stay with the company.”

Before joining WPXI, Bothwell was the news director at KTVZ in Bend, OR, and assistant news director at KESQ in Palm Desert. He has also worked at WTXF in Philadelphia and KDKA in Pittsburgh.

KDKA’s Susan Koeppen Will Undergo Heart Surgery

KDKA anchor Susan Koeppen, who is recovering from a “serious heart problem” suffered while jogging last week, will undergo heart surgery in the “near future,” she announced on Twitter.

Koeppen had a pre-existing heart valve condition, according to KDKA. She has not been at the anchor desk at the Pittsburgh CBS-affiliate since November 18.

On Twitter, Koeppen thanked viewers for their well-wishes, saying she is “alive and kicking.”

KDKA Anchor Susan Koeppen Recovering After Suffering ‘Serious Heart Problem’

KDKA anchor Susan Koeppen is now recovering from what the station is calling a “serious” heart problem.

“On Sunday, while running, Susan suffered a heart problem related to a pre-existing heart valve condition,” the station said in a statement on Tuesday. “It was quite serious, but she is recovering nicely in the hospital.”

During Tuesday night’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, KDKA explained the reason for Koeppen’s absence from the anchor desk.

“Susan and her family want to thank everyone for their thoughts and their prayers,” Koeppen’s 6 p.m. co-anchor Stacy Smith told viewers. “We all here at KDKA are just devastated about this news, but of course praying and thinking of her and wishing her a speedy recovery.”

KDKA Anchor Susan Koeppen Suffers Heart Attack

Susan Koeppen, an evening anchor on Pittsburgh’s KDKA, suffered a heart attack this weekend while jogging, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Koppen, who was with a group of friends in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh when she had the heart attack, was administered CPR by a member of her group. A passerby used an external defibrillator from a nearby store until rescue personnel arrived, city police told the Tribune-Review.

Koppen joined the CBS owned-and-operated station earlier this fall. KDKA general manager Christopher Pike confirmed the 6 and 10 p.m. anchor was not on the air on Monday night, but refused further comment.

KDKA’s Jim Lokay Set to Join WCVB in Boston

Jim Lokay, a reporter and anchor at KDKA, is joining Boston ABC-affiliate WCVB.

Lokay will be the weekend morning co-anchor at WCVB, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. “I’m really excited, but it’s tough to go,” he said. His last day will be October 14.

Prior to joining CBS O&O KDKA six years ago, Lokay was a reporter and anchor for a regional cable channel in Syracuse. He started his career in journalism as a news anchor and traffic reporter at several radio stations in Pittsburgh.

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