Ms. Cooney began her career working as a field reporter for WBMG-TV (CBS) in Birmingham, Al. She quickly went on to be the managing editor and the prime news anchor. After having her first child, she and Jones started their own business, and “Parenting Life,” the first internationally distributed television show from the southeast was born. They created 104 episodes and 106 news vignettes during the program’s history. Cooney wrote and hosted the program. Ms. Cooney has been married for 16 years and has four children ages 14, 12, 10 and 8. She is an active member of her church and the PTA and is on the board for the Alabama Ballet. She is also the chairperson for the 2009 Pointe Ball, the largest fundraiser for the state’s professional ballet company.