Longtime KCBS and KCAL-TV news anchor Kent Shocknek has announced his plans to retire at the end of September this year.
With more than 36 years in television news, Shocknek has been a fixture in Los Angeles for 31 years. Shocknek was the original anchor of “Today in L.A.,” which debuted in 1986, and joined CBS 2 in 2001, where he anchored morning and evening newscasts until November 2013, when he became the co-anchor of KCAL 9’s 8 and 10 p.m. newscasts.
“For years at CBS 2 and KCAL 9, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with the best producers in morning TV; and more recently, the best prime-time anchor team anywhere,” Shocknek said. “Now it’s time to catch up with the people I love, and check out some places I’ve always wanted to go.”
“Kent Shocknek is a Los Angeles TV news institution,” said Steve Mauldin, president and general manager, CBS 2 and KCAL 9. “He’s a consummate professional who has distinguished himself as an outstanding breaking news anchor with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Southern California.”
“We wish he was staying with us, but respect his decision to make a lifestyle change,” Mauldin added. “We are grateful for all he has meant to CBS 2 and KCAL 9 over the years and look forward to celebrating his amazing career during the next two months.”
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles City Council honored Shocknek for his service by proclaiming January 10 “Kent Shocknek Day.”
Added Shocknek, “From Leslie Moonves on down, I thank everyone at CBS for their friendship and support. Southern Californians are the best neighbors in the world, and I will be forever grateful to them for inviting me into their homes for so long.”