Kent Shocknek

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Kent Shocknek
Kent Schoknecht

December 2, 1956
Alma materUniversity of Southern California (B.A.)
OccupationBroadcaster, actor
Kent Shocknek, television newsman/actor

Kent Shocknek (born December 2, 1956) is an American former television newsman turned actor. Because of the length of his journalism career, the duration of his broadcasts, and breaking news events, by the time of his retirement from news, he is credited with having logged more hours anchoring newscasts than anyone else in Los Angeles.[1] The city has designated a day in his honor (below). Before anchoring prime-time newscasts on CBS-TV owned stations CBS2 and KCAL9, Shocknek was Southern California's first and longest-running television news morning news anchor.[1] Starting with his tenure at CBS News, he also has been sought out to appear in dozens of feature films and television dramas - typically as a newscaster or commentator - giving rise to a popular second career that continues currently.[2] On radio, Shocknek has narrated a daily commentary in Los Angeles, and has hosted a nationally syndicated entertainment program. TV viewers and magazine readers also recognize him as a reporter and authority on automotive issues.[1]

Life and career[edit]

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 L.A." on KNBC-TV. Over the years, he broadcast—often single-handedly—such marathon events as the Los Angeles riots, O.J. Simpson murder trial, and natural disasters, including earthquakes that more than once shook his studio while he was on the air.

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 anchor desk for several seconds as he continued reporting about the ground- and studio movement.

After helming the KNBC program for 15 years, Shocknek moved to morning newscasts at KCBS-TV (CBS2-TV 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 morning coanchor Suzie Suh moved to prime-time spots on Los Angeles CBS TV-owned station KCAL9, anchoring the #1-rated newscasts, "KCAL9 News at 8 and 10 PM." The City of Los Angeles proclaimed January 10, 2014 as "Kent Shocknek Day," in honor of Shocknek's decades of dedicated service. In a move that surprised viewers, he retired from daily 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.[4][5][6] 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 online, starring Shocknek as the male lead in the role of a highly focused individual, who may not be the person the audience believes him to be. He has acted in major Hollywood film 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 dramas, NCIS (TV series) and the NCIS spin-off series, NCIS: Los Angeles. He also has appeared several times 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 extra, uncredited
1993 Blossom himself NBC TV
2004 Envy newscaster Barry Levinson, director
2004 The Terminal newscaster Steven Spielberg, director
2004 Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy network reporter Adam McKay, director
2004 First Daughter contentious reporter Forest Whitaker, director
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: the Lost Movie network reporter video
2005 The West Wing anchorman NBC TV
2005 xXx: State of the Union newscaster Lee Tamahori, director
2006 Commander in Chief news anchor Ben ABC TV, 3 episodes
2006-07 Shark TV reporter CBS TV, 3 episodes
2007 Primeval newscaster
2007 Disturbia news anchor D.J. Caruso, director
2008 Monk TV reporter USA Network
2008 Superhero Movie news anchor
2008 ER news reporter NBC TV
2008 Fragments hospital reporter Rowan Woods, director
2008 Grave Misconduct TV reporter TV movie
2008 Eagle Eye newscaster D.J. Caruso, director
2008 Dirty Sexy Money Channel 10 reporter ABC TV
2008 The Unit TV newscaster CBS TV
2008 Parasomnia himself William Malone, director
2008 The Sarah Silverman Program TV reporter/anchor Comedy Central
2009 Meteor WNN overnight anchor TV mini-series, 2 episodes
2009 Imagine That financial reporter Karey Kirkpatrick, director
2009 Washington Field David Sumner TV movie
2009 Medium newscaster CBS TV
2009 Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Battlenizer USA release 2017, voice
2009-10 Flash Forward Hansen ABC TV, 4 episodes
2009-10 True Jackson, VP himself Nickelodeon
2010 CSI: NY reporter CBS TV
2010 The Company Men Rittenour John Wells, director
2010 The Chosen One newscaster Rob Schneider, director
2011 Fast Five news anchor Justin Linn, director
2012 The Mentalist newscaster CBS TV
2012 Brake Jack Stern Gabe Torres, director
2012 Ultraman Saga Capt. Hibiki USA release 2017, voice
2012 The Amazing Spiderman TV newscaster uncredited
2005-13 Criminal Minds John Jenkens, et. al. CBS TV, 3 episodes
2013 Jobs 1980 newscaster
2013 Under the Dome newscaster CBS TV mini-series, voice
2014 Intelligence reporter, newscaster CBS TV
2014 Nightcrawler himself Dan Gilroy, director
2014 The Six O'Clock the Man short, male lead
2014 Legends CBN reporter CBS TV
2013-15 NCIS: Los Angeles news reporter, et. al. CBS TV, 6 episodes
2015 The Vatican Tapes interviewer uncredited
2016 Supergirl newscaster CBS TV
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice himself Zack Snyder, director
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Slade Austin Fox TV
2015-17 Bosch news anchor Amazon, 6 episodes
2017 Law & Order True Crime: the Menendez Murders himself NBC TV, voice, 2 episodes, uncredited
2016-18 Madam Secretary anchor CBS-TV, 4 episodes
2018 Conman reporter Bruce Caulk, director
2018 9-1-1 National News Anchor Fox TV
2018 Liberty Falls Pierce Brennan TV movie, pre-production
2018 Speeeed Dating Man #4 short
2018 The Purge TV Reporter USA Network/SyFy based on film series
2018 The Righteous Gemstones Announcer HBO Danny McBride, prod./dir.
2004-18 NCIS Guy Ross CBS TV, 9 episodes
2019 Documentary Now! '80s TV Reporter IFC
2019 Pale Blue Dot Self 26 Keys Productions


  • 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 KCBS/KCAL-TV Los Angeles Web Site Bio: Accessed November 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Kent Shocknek's IMDb Profile:
  3. ^ a b Kent Shocknek's Web Site:
  4. ^ Announcement on KCAL9 10:00 news program 2014-09-26
  5. ^ Longtime Anchor Kent Shocknek Signs Off From Local News, KCBS Los Angeles, accessed 2014-09-30
  6. ^ No more Mr. News Guy -- L.A. anchor Kent Shocknek signs off, Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, accessed 2014-10-01

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