Where is Kevin Cooney Now?

January 27, 2024

In his younger days, Kevin Cooney wanted nothing more than to pitch in the major leagues. He honed his craft at Montclair State, even earning a spot in the June amateur draft of the Minnesota Twins. But a shoulder injury that sidelined him for a year made it clear the dream was no longer within reach, and the 29-year-old left the game.

He went back to school to complete his degree and became a journalist, but he didn't feel at home in the classroom and decided to pursue his true passion. "I love to tell the story of Iowans," he says, and found his niche reporting on professional and college sports for KCCI since 1996, winning two APSE awards and three Keystone Press Association awards. His signature swagger and unruly mop of curls have earned him national attention, including appearances on David Letterman's show.

He's retiring in August — at 70, he figures that gives him 10 more years of optimal health — and though he won't be jumping out of boxes in unicorn onesies anymore, he's planning on doing some volunteer work with youth, because he believes young people still need someone to talk to as they age from high school to their early 20s. He's also considering a career in writing. He's still an avid baseball fan and watches a few games every week. But his biggest passion remains his family, which includes a daughter who works in a Des Moines elementary school and a son who is a Metropolitan Police Department officer.


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