Kent Shocknek

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Kent Shocknek, TV & film personality USC BA, Phi Beta Kappa

Kent Shocknek is an American television and film personality who branched into acting toward the end of a successful career as a TV newscaster. Because of the length of his journalism career, duration of his broadcasts, and breaking news events, by the time of his departure from news, he is credited with having logged more hours as an anchor than anyone else in Los Angeles.[1] The city has designated two separate days "Kent Shocknek Day" in his honor. Before anchoring prime-time newscasts on CBS-TV owned stations, Shocknek was Southern California's first and longest-running television news morning news anchor.[1] Because of his recognizability, he has been sought out to appear in more than 100 feature films and television dramas –often as a newscaster or commentator –giving rise to a popular second career that continues currently.[2] On radio, Shocknek has narrated daily commentaries in L.A., and has hosted a nationally syndicated entertainment program. Viewers and magazine readers also recognize him as an authority on automotive issues.[1]


Born Kent Schoknecht in Berkeley, California, he simplified the on-air spelling of his name upon arrival to Los Angeles television. After working at the Long Beach Press Telegram while attending the University of Southern California, Shocknek's first TV reporting job was in Sioux City, Iowa (KCAU-TV), followed by a three-year stint as anchor and Space Shuttle reporter in Orlando, Florida (WFTV).[3]

In 1986, Shocknek anchored the start-up of L.A.'s first TV morning news program, Today in LA on KNBC-TV. Over the years, he broadcast —frequently single-handedly— such marathon events as the Los Angeles riots, O.J. Simpson murder trial, and numerous natural disasters.

Shocknek first made national news headlines anchoring the 1986 launch and explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger; and a strong aftershock to the deadly 5.9 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. The threat of falling studio lights forced Shocknek to take cover under his set's desk for several seconds as he continued reporting about the ground- and studio movement.[4][5]

After helming the consistently top-rated KNBC program for 15 years, Shocknek moved to morning newscasts at KCBS-TV (CBS2 in Los Angeles) in 2001. There, L.A. Confidential magazine named him one of L.A.'s top three anchors. He anchored live the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, and subsequently reported live on the War in Iraq, Michael Jackson's funeral, presidential inaugurations; plus Southern California's seasonal wildfires and frequent high-speed freeway chases.[1] In November 2013, Shocknek and his popular morning coanchor Suzie Suh moved to prime-time spots on Los Angeles CBS TV-owned station KCAL9, anchoring #1-rated newscasts, "KCAL9 News at 8 pm and 10 pm." In a move that surprised viewers, he retired from newscasting in late 2014. Shocknek's final newscast —including a 10-minute career retrospective and farewell video featuring L.A. newsmakers and Hollywood celebrities— aired September 26, 2014.[6][7][8] Various local governments and agencies, including the City and County of Los Angeles, as well as the State of California, have honored him for his work.

Shocknek on production location

Shortly after Shocknek retired from news anchoring, the short film "The 6 O'Clock" premiered, starring Shocknek as the male lead in the role of a highly focused individual. He has acted in more than 100 major Hollywood film & TV productions, working for directors Steven Spielberg, Adam McKay in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Barry Levinson, and Justin Lin, among others. In television, Shocknek has marked more than a dozen appearances as newsman "Guy Ross" in the crime procedural drama NCIS and its spin-off series, NCIS: Los Angeles. He also has held recurring roles in Criminal Minds, and the Amazon series, Bosch.

Shocknek's voice is almost as well known as his image; he began writing and delivering the 60-second daily radio commentary Just A Minute with Kent Shocknek on CBS all-news radio station KNX-1070 AM in Los Angeles, in 2003.[1] Later, he launched Premiere Magazine Live!, a weekly national radio show about movies, in approximately 50 markets countrywide,[1] with his wife Karen, using the on-air surname Walters, working as co-host.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 A View to a Kill Fisherman Uncredited
2004 Envy Newscaster
The Terminal Newscaster Uncredited
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Network Reporter
First Daughter Contentious Reporter
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Network Reporter Direct-to-video
2005 xXx: State of the Union Newscaster
2007 Primeval Newscaster
Disturbia News Anchor
2008 Superhero Movie News Anchor
Winged Creatures Hospital Reporter Originally titled Fragments, released on DVD as Winged Creatures
Eagle Eye Newscaster
Parasomnia Himself
2010 Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Battlenizer Voice
The Company Men Rittenour
The Chosen One Newscaster
2011 Fast Five News Anchor
2012 Brake News Anchor Jack Stern
Ultraman Saga Capt. Hibiki Voice
The Amazing Spider-Man TV Newscaster Uncredited
2013 Jobs 1980s Newscaster
2014 The Six O'Clock Man Short film
Nightcrawler Himself
2015 The Vatican Tapes TV Interviewer Uncredited
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Himself
2018 Speeeed Dating Man No. 4 Short film
2019 Lucy in the Sky Himself Also known as Pale Blue Dot
Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon TV New Anchor
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Blossom Himself Season 4 episode 14: "Big Doings: Part 2"
2004–2019 NCIS Guy Ross/Male Reporter 10 episodes
2005 The West Wing Anchorman Season 6 episode 20: "In God We Trust"
2005–2013 Criminal Minds News Reporter/News Anchor Kent/Reporter John Jenkins 3 episodes
2006 Commander in Chief News Anchor Ben/News Anchor Season 1 episode 11: "No Nukes Is Good Nukes" and season 1 episode 16: The Elephant in the Room
2006–2008 Shark Newscaster/TV Reporter/Reporter 3 episodes
2008 Monk TV Reporter Season 6 episode 12: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank"
ER News Reporter Season 14 episode 17: "Under Pressure"
Grave Misconduct TV Reporter TV movie
Dirty Sexy Money Channel 10 Reporter Season 2 episode 12: ""The Family Lawyer"
The Unit TV Newscaster Season 4 episode 1: "Into Hell: Part One"
The Sarah Silverman Program TV Reporter/Anchor Season 2 episode 10: "Patriot Tact" and season 2 episode 16: "Vow Wow"
2009 Meteor WNN Overnight Anchor/Anchorman Episodes: #1.1 and #1.2
Washington Field David Sumner TV movie
FlashForward Hansen/Medical Correspondent 4 episodes
Medium Newscaster Season 6 episode 10: "You Give Me Fever"
2009–2010 True Jackson, VP Himself Season 1 episode 17: "Max Mannequin" and season 2 episode 13: "True Royal"
2010 CSI: NY Reporter Season 6 episode 12: "Criminal Justice"
2012 The Mentalist Newscaster Season 4 episode 15: "War of the Roses"
2012–2015 NCIS: Los Angeles News Reporter/Reporter/News Anchor 6 episodes
2013 Under the Dome Newscaster Season 1 episode 1: "Pilot"
2014 Intelligence Reporter/Newscaster 4 episodes
Legends CBN Reporter Season 1 episode 8: "Iconoclast"
2015-2020 Bosch Himself/Newscaster/News Anchor 8 episodes
2016 Supergirl Newscaster Season 1 episode 12: "Bizarro"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Slade Austin Season 4 episode 3: "Coral Palms Pt. 3"
2016–2018 Madam Secretary News Anchor #1/News Anchor/Anchor 5 episodes
2019 Documentary Now! TV Reporter Season 3 episodes 1 and 2: "Batsh*t Valley, Parts 1 & 2"
The Righteous Gemstones Announcer HBO
Liberty Falls Pierce Brennan TV movie
2019 Manifest News Anchor Season 2 episode 5: "Coordinated Flight"
2020 Manhunt: Dangerous Games Anchor No. 1 The title of the second Manhunt: Unabomber
Season 2 episodes 1,2,5
2020 Tommy News Anchor Season 1 episodes 7, 10
2020 Bull Interviewer Season 4 episode 17: "The Invisible Woman"
2020 Sulphur Springs News Anchor Season 1


  • 8 regional Emmy Awards (individual and group)
  • 2 L.A. Press Club Awards
  • Golden Mic. Award (Best Daytime Newscast)
  • Wm. Randolph Hearst Award (investigative reporting)


B.A., University of Southern California, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Kent Shocknek". KCBS/KCAL Los Angeles. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014.
  2. ^ Kent Shocknek on IMDb
  3. ^ a b Kent Shocknek's Web Site:
  4. ^ Kent Shocknek video bio. Retrieved July 11, 2019 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Earthquake captured on LIVE TV – TV Anchor freaks out!. Retrieved July 11, 2019 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Kent Shocknek video bio. Retrieved July 11, 2019 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Longtime Anchor Kent Shocknek Signs Off From Local News". KCAL/KCBS. September 26, 2014.
  8. ^ Morrison, Patt (September 30, 2014). "No more Mr. News Guy – L.A. anchor Kent Shocknek signs off". Los Angeles Times.

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