Elizabeth Cook Biography
Elizabeth Cook is an American co-anchor for KPIX 5 News at 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm. Cook is a seven-time Emmy and two-time Edward R Murrow recipient. She is also the recipient of a NorCal RTNDA award in 2012.
She began her career in Palm Springs where she was a reporter, morning anchor, and then the NBC affiliate’s primary evening anchor, KMIR.
She covered various events that attracted national attention including the death of President Gerald Ford, the devastating Sawtooth Complex Fires, and the deadly shooting of Black Friday Toy R Us. In 2013, Elizabeth was promoted to also co-anchor the station’s 11 pm edition with veteran journalist Ken Bastida.
Elizabeth Cook Age
Elizabeth was born and grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of La Canada Flintridge, United States. We have no exact birthdate as Cook has not revealed her birth date to the media.
Elizabeth Cook Family
We have no records regarding Elizabeth’s parents and siblings. We will keep you up to date, as soon as we get them.
Elizabeth Cook Husband | Children
She is a married woman. They are happily leaving with her husband and their son Beau. When Elizabeth isn’t behind the anchor desk, she enjoys chasing after her son Beau, exploring San Francisco restaurants with her husband and embarking on the endless quest to find the best coffee in the Bay Area.
Elizabeth Cook Education
Elizabeth Cook is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill journalism school, where she graduated in 1977. She interned at ESPN and worked at The Jane Pauley Show at NBC.
Elizabeth Cook Career
Her interest in journalism begun when she was a senior in high school. “I was Rose Princess for the Tournament of Roses and that required a lot of public speaking,” she remembers. “NBC’s Tom Brokaw was the Rose Parade Grand Marshall. We went to many of the events together and I got to know him pretty well. I loved hearing his incredible stories from his career and became inspired from his immense compassion for people” Brokaw asked her if she had ever thought of being a journalist.
She became a reporter for the Daily Independent in Kannapolis for three months as soon as she graduated, covering the beat of agriculture. The Salisbury Post did not have an open position, but for her work at the Daily Independent, Cook was getting attention from the publication. A position opened, and in May 1978 Cook began working at the Post. She remained at the Post for about 40 continuous years and was appointed editor in 1993.
As an editor, her aim was to publish the best paper every day while being a force for good in the community. She wanted to help people see the positive things that were happening and where improvements were needed, especially when it came to poverty, Cook said. She is proud today that the Post has accomplished this achievement.
Cook was also the North Carolina Press Association’s vice president from 1999-2000, the year before she became president. The NCPA was successful that year in getting the shield law passed, which is one of her prouder moments. But it wasn’t until she became president that she succeeded in achieving what seemed to be an impossible goal. In 2000, the NCPA honored Dean Smith, former UNC men’s basketball coach, as the Year’s North Carolinian. For years, the NCPA had tried to bring Dean Smith to the annual award ceremony to accept the honor.
Her favorite part of every newspaper is the letters to the editor section because it is a gathering place for different voices, she says. She thinks that newspapers can still serve that purpose if they stay in touch with the community and help get the information they need.
Josh Bergeron is Cook’s successor as editor. Cook remembers him working as a reporter for her not so long ago. She is excited about the directions Bergeron will take the Post and true to a journalist, she is happy to be a part of a community with a paper that has a new, fresh voice.
She has great respect for co-anchor Ken Bastida. “He brings a breadth of experience to the anchor desk,” she says. “Part of the newscast is feeding off of each other, especially when there’s breaking news. It helps to know your co-anchors energy, know where they’re going.”
Despite the negative outlook on the industry and talk of the demise of newspapers, she wants reporters and editors not to be discouraged.
Elizabeth Cook Net Worth
Her 2019 salary and net worth are still under review.
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Elizabeth Cook Interview
Meet Elizabeth Cook, Anchor KPIX 5 News CBS SF Bay Area
Q: What led to your decision to pursue a career in Broadcasting & Journalism?
EC: I had the privilege of working with Tom Brokaw when I was a senior in high school. Brokaw was the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade, while I was on the Royal Court for the Tournament of Roses. I wasn’t sure what I wanted my major to be or what college I should choose. He encouraged me to pursue a career in journalism because of our mutual love of history and storytelling.
Q: How did your career start as news Anchor?
EC: My first job was as a reporter for the NBC station in Palm Springs, 6 months later I was promoted to Morning Anchor and then a few years after that I started anchoring the Evening Newscasts. I met my husband at that station. He was a photographer and we often worked together when I first started at the station. He later became the Sports Anchor/Director and then the Morning Anchor/Executive Producer, but we continued to do special reports together.
Q: Can you share with our audience one of your most memorable events you covered?
EC: Super Bowl 50. We anchored all our shows from a balcony overlooking Super Bowl City in San Francisco. I will never forget the excitement and adrenaline that went into that week.
Q: What is a typical day as a news anchor like?
EC: I get to work at about 2:45 pm. I shoot promos for our 5pm news and prepare for the newscast by reviewing scripts and making sure I am up to speed with the news of the day. I anchor the 5pm news and then typically have a report for the 6pm news. I then file an online news update that is transmitted through Amazon “Alexa” and other similar devices. I then work on a number of stories of upcoming projects. I usually have a report for the 10 pm news and then get ready to anchor the 11pm. I am also, of course, answering e-mails and updating social media throughout the evening. I get home about midnight.
Q: What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
EC: Never let anyone tell you what are capable of. Keep your head down and just keep working. Listen to the people who have your best interests and ignore the other “noise”. Be true to yourself and be kind.
Q: What do you do for fun and relaxation?
EC: I love chasing after my 2-year-old boy, Beau and spending time with my husband. Those family moments when it’s just the three of us are everything.
Q: What’s the best advice anyone’s ever give you?
EC: Never, ever, ever give up.
Q: What do you like the most about living in the Bay Area?
EC: I love the diversity of people and places in the Bay Area. I love that I can go to the Sonoma and Napa Valley wine countries and then to Tahoe and Yosemite in the same weekend. The Bay Area is really the epicenter for innovation right now and it’s a privilege to live here during this exciting period of time.