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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Baby Blue
Favorite Food:
Lasagna
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Destin, Florida
Favorite Quote:
It Is What You Do With What You Have That Makes You What You Are.

Birthplace

Born:
10/20/1947
Birth Location:
Louisville, Kentucky

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Baby Blue
Favorite Food:
Lasagna
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Destin, Florida
Favorite Quote:
It Is What You Do With What You Have That Makes You What You Are.

Birthplace

Born:
10/20/1947
Birth Location:
Louisville
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Biography

Monica Pearson has led a distinguished career in journalism at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, as the anchor of Channel 2 Action News at five, six and eleven o’clock. Pearson has received over twenty-eight Emmy Awards as well as other awards for her reporting and her “Closeups” segments. She is also a humanitarian who assists in charitable, non-profit, and community causes.

Born on October 20, 1947, in Louisville, Kentucky, Pearson is the daughter of Hattie Wallace Jones Edmondson and the late Maurice Jones. Like her mother, Pearson attended Catholic schools during her formative and high school years. Her mother, who worked her way through school, attended St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana, a prestigious boarding school for black females. Her mother was also one of the first black women to work at the Louisville Post Office.

Pearson knew at an early age that she would pursue a career in communications. One of her part time jobs in high school included working at the local black owned radio station where she did voice over work and read prayers on the station’s religious programs. She also sang country music as a teenager on a television show called Hayloft Hoedown. Pearson pursued and obtained her B.S. degree in English from the University of Louisville. She also participated in the Summer Program for Minority Groups at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City. Before joining WSB-TV Channel 2, Pearson worked in public relations for Brown Forman Distiller; as an anchor and reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville, Kentucky; and as a reporter for the Louisville Times. Pearson began her career as the first African American and the first female to anchor a daily evening newscast in Atlanta at WSB-TV in 1975.

Pearson is a recipient of numerous awards: the Women’s Sports Journalism Award, Citizen Broadcaster of the Year Award, Broadcaster of the Year Award, Women of Achievement Award, and the Southern Regional Emmy Awards. She also won first place for excellence in journalism/documentary from the Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for her documentary, Hot Flash: The Truth About Menopause.

Pearson is a mother and resides in Atlanta with her mother and husband.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Monica Pearson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Monica Pearson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Monica Pearson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Monica Pearson describes her mother's education and occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Monica Pearson recalls Presentation Academy and Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Monica Pearson describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Monica Pearson recalls tracing her mother's ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Monica Pearson explains why she cannot trace her father's ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Monica Pearson describes her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Monica Pearson describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Monica Pearson describes her mother's parenting style
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Monica Pearson describes her relationship with her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Monica Pearson describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Monica Pearson describes her mother and father's wedding
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Monica Pearson describes her childhood home and early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Monica Pearson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Monica Pearson describes the neighborhood where her mother grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Monica Pearson recalls her family's Easter and Christmas celebrations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Monica Pearson describes her cousins' complexions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Monica Pearson remembers when her family's home was sold against her wishes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Monica Pearson describes her mother's high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Monica Pearson recalls her Catholic school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Monica Pearson recalls visiting her mother's high school, St. Mary's Academy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Monica Pearson lists her elementary and high schools in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Monica Pearson remembers her dresses for special occasions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Monica Pearson remembers her Cousin Lee's cooking and pastimes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Monica Pearson recalls Presentation Academy and other Louisville high schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Monica Pearson describes the Presentation Academy's sports teams
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Monica Pearson explains her religious background and her name's origin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Monica Pearson describes the jobs she held as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Monica Pearson recalls singing on television and working at WLOU Radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Monica Pearson recalls winning Miss Congeniality in a beauty contest
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Monica Pearson recalls her decision to attend the University of Louisville
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Monica Pearson describes Dr. Eleanor Young Love
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Monica Pearson reflects upon the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Monica Pearson describes the demographics of her elementary and high schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Monica Pearson recalls her coursework at the University of Louisville
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Monica Pearson remembers becoming a television reporter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Monica Pearson recalls becoming the Atlanta's first African American evening anchorwoman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Monica Pearson recalls enduring criticism as an African American anchorwoman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Monica Pearson details her volunteer work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Monica Pearson describes her experiences of racial discrimination in Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Monica Pearson recalls lessons learned from her mother and grandmother
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Monica Pearson reflects upon her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Monica Pearson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Monica Pearson shares her advice to aspiring broadcasters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Monica Pearson describes her husband, John E. Pearson, Sr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Monica Pearson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Monica Pearson reflects upon her spirituality