Mari Cockerell

POSTED: 1:58 PM Jun 06 2012   UPDATED: 12:02 PM May 16 2014

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Mari Cockerell is happy to call the Big Country and KTXS home!

She first came to Abilene in 2003, serving as KTXS 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor (then Mari Hayes). Mari left KTXS in 2005 to accept the evening anchor job at KTSM, the NBC affiliate in El Paso. After three years in far West Texas, Mari moved to Austin to work as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KVUE-TV.

It was during Mari's first stint in Abilene that she met her husband, Chris, who is an Abilene native. In March of 2012 they welcomed their first child, a boy named Cash.  He and their bulldog, Betty, are buddies.

Mari has served on the board of the Day Nursery of Abilene, and is a 2010 graduate of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Abilene. She is a 2002 graduate of Vanderbilt University and a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

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Texting and driving ordinance fails at Abilene council meeting

Abilene City Council members have voted against enacting a texting and driving ban within the city.

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Abilene council to hear final reading on texting and driving ban

A possible texting and driving ban is up for a final reading at this week's Abilene City Council meeting.


North side Wing Stop, new Abilene pizza joints open for business

Several new places to eat, and a new place to shop for kid and baby gear are now open in Abilene.

Quilt Show

Hundreds of quilts on display at Abilene Civic Center

There's fabric art to enjoy inside the Abilene Civic Center this weekend.

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Teacher Tribute: Plenty of work, and even some tears, as teachers head into the summer

While we may think summer time is the beginning of a big vacation for teachers, the reality is, plenty of work happens these next three months.

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Abilene ban on texting & driving heads to final public hearing

An ordinance to ban texting and driving in Abilene is now moving forward with the Abilene City Council.

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Abilene City Council to vote on rezoning across from Wylie H.S.

Abilene City Council will now have the final say in the rezoning of property across from Wylie High School.

Driving & texting ban set for Thursday's Abilene council meeting

The possibility of banning texting and driving inside Abilene city limits is set to go before city council this Thursday.

Heavy rains bring water rescues, more flooding to Abilene

Overnight and early morning rain has caused more flooding across Abilene, triggering more water rescues as well.

Abilene council members take oath of office, playground approved

Abilene City Council members Kyle McAlister and Steve Savage were sworn into office at Thursday's city council meeting.

Abilene council to discuss Lake Fort Phantom overlay district

Lake Fort Phantom is set to be the focus of part of this week's Abilene City Council meeting.

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Coach on reality TV show hosting large workout in Abilene

Everyone in Abilene is invited to Shotwell Stadium for a free workout with some celebrity trainers and coaches from a new reality show.




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