Shannon Cogan is thrilled to be back in Louisville. Shannon, who previously used her maiden name, Hori, on air, anchors WAVE 3 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. with Scott Reynolds.
This is a return to Louisville for Shannon, who anchored another Louisville TV station's morning show from 1994 to 1998. During that time, in 1997, she extensively covered one of the greatest floods of the Ohio River Valley.
Shannon and her husband Kendall are excited to raise their twin boys Colt and Cade, who were born in 2009, in Kendall's hometown where they have a lot of family and friends. (Kendall is one of nine children!)
Shannon came to WAVE 3 News from WFOR/CBS4 in Miami, where she was the primary anchor. In 2010, she was awarded a Suncoast Emmy Award for her coverage of breaking news.
Shannon firmly believes in giving back to the community, especially to causes that help children. During her time in Miami, Shannon helped raise $700,000 for Miami Children's Hospital by co-chairing for two consecutive years the Wine, Women & Shoes Ladies Luncheon. She also served on the boards of the Miami Children's Museum and Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Florida.
Prior to her time in Miami, Shannon worked for another CBS owned-and-operated station, KTVT/CBS11 in Dallas. She anchored the morning show and does not miss waking up at 2:30 a.m. While in Dallas, Shannon also contributed stories about former Dallas Cowboys players for The Troy and Babe Show with former players Troy Aikman and Babe Laufenberg, for which she won a 2005 Lone Star Emmy Award.
Before moving to Dallas, Shannon worked for six years at WESH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Orlando, FL, where she anchored the weekday 5:30 p.m. newscast and reported for the 11 p.m. news. Some of the stories she covered while in Orlando included the deadly Florida tornadoes of 1998, the 2000 presidential election and the Columbia space shuttle disaster for which the station won a national Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award. She also contributed reports to a series on home inspections that won a 2004 Peabody Award.
Prior to working at KTVT, Shannon worked at WLKY-TV in Louisville and WTWO-TV, the NBC affiliate in Terre Haute, IN.
Over the years, Shannon has been recognized by several non-profit organizations for her charitable work. She was awarded the March of Dimes Building Our Community Award, the Media Award from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the Media Award from the Texas Central Hemophilia Association. Ocean Drive magazine also named Shannon one of its "Real Beauties" for her contributions to the South Florida community.
Shannon has also worked to raise awareness of pediatric heart defects since her son Colt was born with a rare congenital heart defect. He underwent open heart surgery when he was just two days old. Three weeks later, he suffered a cardiac arrest. Today, Colt is doing well with a lot of therapies, including speech therapy since he has hearing loss.
Shannon grew up in Roselle, IL, just outside Chicago. She graduated from Indiana University with a double major in journalism and speech communications.
On the weekends, you might find her enjoying one of Louisville's many wonderful parks with her husband, children and black lab named Maddy Ann, who was trained to be a companion dog from Canine Companions for Independence.
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