Legendary Press Presenter Monica Kaufman Pearson Joins Gray Television’s CBS46 and Peachtree TV
ATLANTA, Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Legendary Atlanta presenter and reporter Monica Kaufman Pearson has signed a two-year contract to host two shows on CBS46 / WGCL-TV and Peachtree TV / WPCH-TV, now owned by Gray Television based in Atlanta. One of the programs will be an interview-themed series launched in February 2022.
âMonica Kaufman Pearson isn’t just an Atlanta treasure, she’s a journalism legend across the country. We are so excited to welcome Monica to the CBS46 and Peachtree TV family and can’t wait to get started in February! Said Erik Schrader, Managing Director of CBS46 and Peachtree TV.
Watch CBS46 from 4 p.m. on Wednesday 8/12/21 for a series of reports on Pearson’s return to TV
Pearson, the first African-American and woman to host an Atlanta evening newscast, retired from broadcasting in 2012 after spending nearly 40 years in the Atlanta market. During that time, she received nearly three dozen regional Emmy awards.
âIt’s exciting to be back with the business, this time with Gray Television. This Atlanta-based company is national but still has that local touch, âsaid Pearson. âGray’s commitment to creating local programming that has meaning and impact brought me out of retirement. I am grateful to Hilton Howell and the management of CBS46 and Peachtree TV for giving me this opportunity to introduce viewers to people they have always wanted to know more about.
Gray Television completed the acquisition of CBS46 and Peachtree TV as well as 15 other Meredith stations on December 1. The company immediately executed a plan to expand programming on its two Atlanta stations.
âHaving Monica Pearson, a pioneer for women and minorities in the Atlanta market, join our team will help us move forward on our plans to add to the already great programming you see on CBS46 and Peachtree TV,â said the president. Executive and CEO of Gray, Hilton H. Howell. âViewers can expect to see more local content, more relevant content and more in-depth coverage. “
After her retirement, Pearson received an MA, Magna Cum Laude, from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in 2014. She wrote a column, Monica Matters, for the quarterly magazine, Southern seasons and she taught at the Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Pearson has freelance work at KISS 104.1 FM, hosting a Sunday public affairs show as well as the station’s This Week in Black History series on its website. She was also one of three hosts on Georgia Public Broadcasting, an Emmy-nominated show, “A Seat at the Table.”
Pearson was the first African American and only the second woman to chair United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. She has been inducted into the National Association of Black Journalist Hall of Fame, University of Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame, Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and Georgia Music Hall of Fame. From 2005 to 2021, she served on the board of directors of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia. She will be the first African-American woman to chair the jury in 2022.
Pearson is married with a daughter and a stepson. She lives in Atlanta.
Gray Television, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is the largest owner of top-rated local TV stations and digital assets in the United States. Gray also owns video, marketing and digital program production businesses including Raycom Sports, Tupelo Honey and RTM Studios, program and content producer PowerNation. Gray is also the majority owner of Swirl Films.
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