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NABJ Honors Veteran Anchor Monica Pearson of WSB-TV with Annual Legacy Award

Tuesday, March 13, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2012) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces that veteran broadcast journalist Monica Pearson will receive its 2012 Legacy Award. The annual honor is awarded to an accomplished journalist who has broken barriers and blazed trails. Pearson will be recognized at the 37th Annual NABJ Convention and Career Fair this summer in New Orleans, the largest annual gathering of minority journalists in the country.


"Monica is an icon and for nearly four decades has served the Atlanta market giving a voice to the issues and interests of the city. She epitomizes the true meaning of this award, a true trailblazer opening the doors for women and for people of color in local news. Monica is most befitting of our annual Legacy Award," said NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr.


Pearson, 64, is the longest-running anchor in the Atlanta market, working through seven presidencies and six Georgia governors as the state nearly doubled in size. For 37 years, she has served as an anchor at WSB-TV (Atlanta), where she presently co-anchors the 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. Pearson was one of the first African-American women ever named as a primary evening co-anchor and anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts from 1975 until she ended her more than 30-year run as she launched the station's 4 p.m. show last fall. She is one of the most honored and most watched anchors in Atlanta, and a role model for generations of journalists of all races and creeds who have come after her.


"To say I am honored to receive this award, sounds like a cliché, but I truly am honored, humbled and grateful to NABJ," said Pearson. "To God Be The Glory."


Pearson recently announced her plans to retire, with her last day anchoring on Wednesday, July 25. Pearson was recently honored by the Atlanta City Council at City Hall in recognition of her upcoming retirement.

Pearson has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career including 30 local and Southern Regional EMMY Awards. She was named "Broadcaster of the Year" at the DiGamma Kappa Broadcast Pioneer Award Dinner at the University of Georgia for the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.


Pearson's award will be bestowed at the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala, to be held Saturday, June 23, 2012. The ceremony also will recognize journalism that best covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the worldwide black community. For additional information, registration or tickets, please visit here.


An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.


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