Monica Kaufman Pearson is the first woman and first minority to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta, Georgia where she worked for 37 years at the leading station WSB-TV. She has won over 33 Southern Regional and local Emmy Awards for reporting, anchoring and her Closeups celebrity interview show. When she retired she was honored on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by the bipartisan delegation of the State of Georgia for her years of service on and off the air to improve the lives of the citizens of Georgia.
Since retiring in 2012, she’s stayed busy. She graduated with a Master’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2014. Until recently, she wrote a column, Monica Matters, for the quarterly magazine, Southern Seasons and taught at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. She is a much sought after emcee and motivational speaker and hosts a three-hour weekly music and talk show on Sunday on KISS 104.1 FM, an R&B station, as well as does Closeups Interviews for WSBTV.com.
Monica is a native of Louisville, Ky. and a graduate of the University of Louisville. She was a reporter for the Louisville Times newspaper and a reporter and weekend anchor for WHAS TV in Louisville.
Monica was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in August 2016 and also is in the University of Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame, as well as the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. She serves as board member emeritus of Meals on Wheels Atlanta and chaired the May 2015 Go Red for Women Luncheon of the America Heart Association and now serves on the Executive Leadership Council. She also serves on the Board of Jurors for the prestigious Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia and is a 2016 University of Georgia Grady Fellow. She is a 50 year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which awarded her the Presidential Vanguard Award in 2016. She is a member of The Junior League of Atlanta, and Sisters of Promise of Susan G. Komen. She is a breast cancer and liver cancer survivor.
She is married to John E. Pearson, Sr., is the mother of Claire Patrice Deveaux and step-mother of John E. Pearson, II.