Kent Shocknek

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — After 36 years in Los Angeles, longtime anchor Kent Shocknek called it a career on Friday evening.

Shocknek reported on every major story and always brought his smarts, knowledge and history to every one of them.

On the 10 p.m. news Friday, Kent got to say a goodbye to the public he has enjoyed serving for nearly four decades.

After paying tribute to Kent and watching highlights of his illustrious and award-winning career on air, he wanted to say a special message to us but to the viewer as well.

“I am so flattered by all this attention,” Kent said. “A little confused. And genuinely humbled.”

“The people who put these videos together, our producers and editors, make me look better than I deserve. That’s what everyone here at KCAL9 and CBS2 does. This is a phenomenal group.”

Kent added: “In any company, the tone is set from the top. CBS President Leslie Moonves and our station boss Steve Mauldin, and my news director Scott Diener, make this a very supportive environment. I’ve been able to work with the best prime-time anchor team in the country: my true friends, Rich Fields and Suzie Suh. My wife Karen says I am very lucky. She’s right. I’m also very lucky she’s my wife.”

“I have been maybe luckiest of all, to have been a small part of your life. You always will be a very big part of mine. And, for that, thank you.”

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