Kent Shocknek

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

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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.

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“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.”

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“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.”