Following Her Husband Out the Door

Viewers in Des Moines were waiting for the other shoe to drop and now it has.

Longtime KCCI Anchor/Reporter Mollie Cooney announced that her last newscast will air at noon on April 21.

Cooney’s husband, local Anchor Kevin Cooney, retired as head of the station’s nightly news in November 2015, after about four decades on air.

“I don’t think this comes as any great surprise,” Cooney said of her retirement during a phone interview Monday. “Ever since Kevin retired, one of the first questions people ask me is, ‘When are you going to call it quits?’”

Until Monday, her answer had always been the same: “When I’m ready.”

She wasn’t ready when Kevin decided to leave a year and a half ago, she said, but now her priorities have shifted and she wants to move on to the proverbial “next chapter.”

“They say you will know when you are ready to leave and I will tell you, that is really true,” the 64-year-old said. “I have been in this business for 42 years and I have loved every single minute of it. Where else can you get a front row to history developing? I have covered everything from politics to education to the courts and the statehouse. I’ve anchored every newscast and worked weekends and holidays and I just thought that it was time to move on, really.”

H/T Press Citizen