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Legendary Atlanta broadcaster Monica Pearson joins AJC


Monica Pearson, an icon in local broadcasting for decades, is joining The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to host a new video and podcast interview program entitled the Monica Pearson Show. The legendary Atlanta broadcaster’s new AJC show will feature her interviewing a variety of Georgians. Monica will also write a regular lifestyle newsletter and column for AJC.com and the newspaper, and host AJC Live events. Currently, she hosts an interview show “Monica Pearson One on One” on Peachtree TV.

Monica, 75, has been an icon in local broadcasting for more than four decades, making her mark as an anchor on WSB-TV. As the city’s first Black female evening anchor, Monica spent 37 years at Channel 2 Action News from 1975 to 2012. Her career has included one-on-one interviews with a number of high-profile celebrities and politicians including Burt Reynolds, Billy Graham, Andrew Young, and Barbara Walters. 

Said Monica, “This is a full circle moment for me since I started my paid journalism career in 1969 as a reporter for The Louisville Times newspaper in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. This is another opportunity for me to do what I love doing: interviewing people. After an interview, my slogan simply is, ‘You know the name and now you will know the person.’” 

With 33 regional and local Emmy awards under her belt, and having been inducted into the halls of fame of The Atlanta Press Club, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, Monica is not slowing down…she is just getting started.

Andrew Morse, the AJC’s president and publisher said, “Nobody is more Atlanta than Monica. We are thrilled for her to bring her talent to the AJC.”


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