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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.

After 2 Years Without a Contract, Stephanie Watson Will Leave Pittsburgh’s KDKA

After five years as an anchor for CBS owned-and-operated KDKA in Pittsburgh, Stephanie Watson‘s last day on the air will be Sunday.

Watson has worked the last two years without a contract. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Watson — who has been splitting time with Kristine Sorensen as weekday evening news anchor since January — was hoping to be named the permanent successor to Patrice King Brown, who retired earlier this year.

But last week, the station announced former CBS correspondent Susan Koeppen would take over the nightly anchor duties. Watson turned in her resignation on September 12, the same day KDKA announced that Koeppen was joining the station. Read more

Trailblazing KDKA, KPIX Boss Carolyn Wean Dies

Carolyn Wean, a trailblazing TV executive who was a longtime station boss with Group W, died Friday at her home after a long illness.  She was 68.

Wean was a TV pioneer. She was the first woman to serve as news director of a Pittsburgh station and eventually became the market’s (and Group W’s) first female general manager with KDKA. In 1986, Wean was tapped as GM of Group W’s KPIX and in 1993 she became vice president of news development for the station group. She retired in 2002 after a stint overseeing production for Pittsburgh’s WQED.

“She left a real legacy,” Kweilin Nassar, who worked with Wean at KDKA and WQED, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently. “She was a mentor for a lot of women.”

A Baltimore native, Wean got her first TV job at WBZ and over her long career she won a slew of awards, including two Peabodys, three Emmys, and an Edward R. Murrow award. In 2010, she was honored by the Women and Girls Foundation as one of Pittsburgh’s leading “Women in Media.”

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