12 News anchor Lin Sue Cooney to join Hospice of the Valley

Longtime 12 News/KPNX anchor Lin Sue Cooney has announced she will leave TV news at the end of May to join the executive team at Hospice of the Valley.

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Ms. Cooney has worked for 12 News—a Gannett owned television station in Phoenix— since 1984, and is one of the most recognized faces in Arizona television journalism.

In an on-air announcement, Ms. Cooney explained, “I will miss all the beautiful people I work with here … because they are family to me.  But, I am thrilled to be embracing a new season in my life.  So many people have helped me along the way, I am anxious to start giving back and use the gifts God gave me to help others.”

Ms. Cooney will begin working for Hospice of the Valley later this summer.

For more than 30 years, Arizona viewers have watched Ms. Cooney as a primary news anchor at 12 News/KPNX.

A respected journalist, she has been honored as the Valley’s “Best Anchor” by the Phoenix chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. She also has won numerous awards for her news reporting and community service efforts including nine Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

She has been the face of “Buddy Check 12,” a major breast health awareness initiative for 12 News and has served as the principal storyteller on “Hero Central,” a news series focusing on ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Ms. Cooney graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from Willamette University in Oregon. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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