About Monica Pearson, First woman and first minority to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta
Monica Pearson is the first woman and first minority to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta, where she worked for 37 years at leading station WSB-TV. She has won over 33 Southern Regional and local Emmy Awards for reporting, anchoring and her “Closeups” celebrity interview show.
Prior to WSB-TV, the University of Louisville graduate was a reporter with The Louisville Times for 5 years. In 1969 she participated in the Summer Program for Minority Groups, later called The Michelle Clark Fellowship, at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York. She worked in public relations for Brown-Forman Distillers before she joined WHAS-TV in Louisville, as a reporter and anchor for 3 years. She is a native of Louisville, Ky, growing up in what is known as Smoketown and graduating from an all girls Catholic High School, Presentation Academy, where she has established a scholarship in her name.
Since retiring in 2012, Pearson writes a column, Monica Matters, for the quarterly magazine, Southern Seasons. She also is attending the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication to earn a Master’s Degree.
As of January 2014, she is the host of The Monica Pearson Show, launched on Cox Media Group’s (CMG) WALR KISS 104.1 FM. The show will feature engaging talk, smooth R&B music from the 70s to today, and fascinating information from one of Atlanta’s most-trusted media talents.
Pearson is the daughter of a 90-year mom, wife to an assistant police chief, mother to a budding entrepreneur, a singer, volunteer, owner of two German Shepherd dogs and can be found on twitter @Monicawsb.
Interviewed by Freyan Billimoria, Director of Strategic Partnerships