Mary Jo West has been called “The First Lady of TV news” in Phoenix. In 1976, she became the city’s first prime-time anchorwoman when she debuted with co-anchor Bill Close on CBS’s KOOL-TV. In her broadcast career, she has anchored over 5000 newscasts in Florida, Arizona, and with the CBS News network in New York. She has won her industry’s most prestigious awards including the Peabody, 2 regional Emmys, 13 Arizona Press Club awards and the national Gracie Allen Award from American Women in Radio and TV. Mary Jo was the first anchorwoman to be inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Silver Circle Society.
Volunteering in the community has been a passion of hers and the City of Phoenix presented her with the Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award for her advocacy on behalf of the mentally ill. The American Bar Association and Paralyzed Veterans of America honored her for her reporting on the rights of the physically challenged.
In her personal life, Mary Jo is the proud mother of daughter, Molly, and has two grandchildren.