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Kent Shocknek Announces Retirement After 36 Years

shocknek_croppedAfter more than 36 years in TV news, KCBS-KCAL anchor Kent Shocknek has announced his retirement from the Los Angeles CBS owned stations.

Shocknek joined KCBS in 2001. He started anchoring the 10:00 p.m. show on KCAL in 2013.

“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.”

In 1986, he helped launch LA’s first morning news show, “Today in LA” on KNBC. After 31 years in the LA market, the station said it believes he’s anchored more hours of news on local TV than anyone else in the market.

“Kent Shocknek is a Los Angeles TV news institution,” Steve Mauldin, president and GM of KCBS-KCAL said in a statement. “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.”

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Anchor David Gonzales Out at KCAL in LA

David Gonzales has parted ways with KCAL, the CBS-owned independent station in Los Angeles, a station spokesperson has confirmed to TVSpy.

Gonzales anchored the station’s noon and 2 p.m. newscasts alongside Sandra Mitchell. He was last on the air December 4. Kent Shocknek, the morning anchor at sister station KCBS, filled in on the newscasts for part of last week.

Gonzales joined KCAL in 1995 from rival KCOP, where he was an anchor for three years. He has also worked at stations in Fresno and San Diego.

Los Angeles Stations Go Live for Endeavour Arrival

As the space shuttle Endeavour made its final flight around Los Angeles Friday afternoon, every major station in the region was carrying live coverage of its arrival.

KNBC anchors Michael Brownlee and Kathy Vara began anchoring coverage just before 9:30amPT. They were joined by Colleen Williams at Griffith Observatory, John Cadiz Klemack in Palmdale, Sean Murphy at the Santa Monica Pier, Ted Chen at Edwards Air Force Base, Toni Guinyard and Chuck Henry at LAX, Patrick Healy at the Nasa Propulsion Center and Antonio Castelan in El Segundo.

KTTV had several anchors participating: Phil Shuman, Carlos Amezcua, Araksya Karapetyan, Lisa Breckenridge and Jeff Michael. Meteorologist Maria Quiban and Pablo Pereira handled the weather reports, and reporters were live across Los Angeles, including Bob DeCastro and Gigi Graciette at LAX, Mar Yvette at a restaurant near LAX and Gina Silva at Griffith Observatory. Hal Eisner and Tshaka Armstrong also contributed. Read more

LA Stations Scramble to Cover Schwarzenegger Bombshell This Morning

This morning KTLA reporter Eric Spillman was stationed outside of a Brentwood coffee shop that Arnold Schwarzenegger frequents, hoping to run into the former governor as local news outlets scrambled to cover his surprise admission that he fathered a child ten years ago with a member of his household staff (video above).

Across town, KABC‘s Lisa Hernandez reported live from Woodland Hills, where Schwarzenegger recently had a school named after him. “It really comes out of left field for a lot of people we’ve spoken to this morning,” Hernandez said during KABC’s A.M. newscast. Video inside… Read more