LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council honored longtime CBS2/KCAL9 anchor Kent Shocknek for his contributions to local media and to congratulate him on his retirement at a council meeting Wednesday.

Councilmember Bernard C. Parks presented the honor to Shocknek, who has been a mainstay in Southern California television and is considered to have anchored more television news than any other news anchor in Los Angeles.

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With a career spanning over 36 years, Shocknek started as anchor in 1986 with “Today in L.A.” on KNBC 4 and joined CBS 2 in 2001. He was also the first TV anchor in the city to write a daily blog.

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Shocknek has anchored the news during several prominent stories and breaking news such as the 1992 riots, Michael Jackson’s death, and the 1984 Olympics. In October 1987, he was on air when the Whittier Meadows earthquake struck. He was honored by the American Red Cross for taking the proper precautions and leading by example.

Earlier this year, the City Council declared January 10 to be officially renamed “Kent Shocknek Day”.

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In August, Shocknek announced his plans to retire at the end of this month.