Signing off in Des Moines

Longtime KCCI Anchor Kevin Cooney used the final days of the May book to announce that he will retire and sign off in the November book. 

"This has been the dream job, in the perfect place, for a political junkie like myself,” said Cooney. "From covering Iowa as the epicenter of national politics every four years to sharing local stories important to all, serving Iowans in my current role has always been both a pleasure and an honor."

Cooney has helped shape KCCI for four decades, starting when he was in high school in 1969 when KCCI was known as KRNT.

He became full-time in 1974, and took over the anchor desk for the 6 and 10 p.m. news in 1982.

KCCI announced 5 p.m. anchor Steve Karlin will add the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts to his anchor duties when Cooney retires in November.