- WLWT News 5Anchor
Lisa Cooney has a long history with WLWT. You could say she has grown up at Channel 5. She was hired 23 years ago as a part-time writer. One week later she became a full-time employee. Cooney quickly rose through the ranks from writer to an Emmy-Award-winning reporter to anchor.
And in August 2004, she returned to the morning show, where she co-anchors News 5 Today with Todd Dykes. Lisa also anchors News 5 at Noon.
Some of Cooney's career highlights include the April 1993 Lucasville prison riot. Cooney was at the prison for 11 days and was part of the team that stayed on the air for eight straight hours as part of the agreement between the inmates and the FBI to end the riot.
Cooney covered Pope John Paul II's visits to the United States, in New York in 1993 and St. Louis in 1999. Cooney did a full week of live stories from Kennedy Space Center in Florida when John Glenn blasted into orbit. She also co-hosted a network program called "A Town Hall Meeting" for MSNBC.
A Northern Kentucky native, Cooney says she is lucky to be doing a job she loves in her own hometown. Lisa's extensive volunteer work benefits the Ruth Lyons Children's Fund and the Diocesan Catholic Children's Home. For more than 15 years, Lisa has been the honorary chairman for the Redwood Express which raises money for children and adults with disabilities. The Business Courier, One of Cincinnati's business newspapers, tapped Cooney to moderate their sold out, business women's breakfasts that are held quarterly.
Another cause close to Cooney's heart is organ donation. In January 2001, Cooney donated a kidney to a family friend. The transplant had such an impact that Cooney has dedicated her life to raising awareness about the need for more donors. She has teamed up with Life Center, the local agency that encourages and coordinates organ donation.
Lisa is involved in her community serving on the school boards at Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School. Lisa recently received the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky award. Cooney is proud of her efforts in balancing her professional career and her home life as a dedicated mother and wife.