Posted on 11/22/2011

PITTSBURGH--KDKA-TV news anchor Susan Koeppen remains hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest while running with friends.

Koeppen, an award-winning journalist who returned to Pittsburgh airways on Sept. 19 to co-anchor KDKA's 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, was stricken Sunday while running near the intersection of Centre and South Negley avenues in Shadyside.

City police said running partners began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and that a passerby used an automated external defibrillator from a nearby business until paramedics arrived.

KDKA general manager Christopher Pike would only say Koeppen was off the air Monday night. He refused further comment "to abide by her family's wishes."

Koeppen was a consumer reporter and weekend anchor for WTAE-TV before becoming the consumer correpsondent for CBS News' "The Early Show" in 2004.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune Review