Longtime Phoenix Anchor Getting Out of TV

By Kevin Eck 

Lin Sue Cooney announced she’s leaving Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX at the end of May to work as an executive at a local hospice.

“I will miss all the beautiful people I work with here…because they are family to me,” said Cooney, who started at KPNX in 1984. “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.”

For more than 30 years, Arizona viewers have watched Lin Sue Cooney as a primary news anchor at 12 News/KPNX. Most recently, Cooney has served alongside co-anchor Mark Curtis on 12 News at 5, Arizona Nightly News at 6, and 12 News at 10 pm.

A respected journalist, Lin Sue 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.

Lin Sue began her career in Beaumont, Texas. She came to Phoenix from WFAA-TV in Dallas where she was a news reporter and co-host of PM Magazine. Lin Sue 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 prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Off camera, Lin Sue devotes time to numerous Valley schools and charities. She and her husband have four children and a very spoiled standard poodle.