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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