Monica Pearson entering Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Feb. 6, 2012 Atlanta : Channel 2 Action News anchor, Monica Pearson announced Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 her retirement date of July 25th during the 4PM newscast. Long time Channel 2 Action News anchor Monica Pearson announced Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 her retirement date of July 25th from WSB in midtown Atlanta on the 4 p.m. news after 37 years on the air on Channel 2 Action News. Jovita Moore, who has gradually been taking on more of Pearson’s roles, will co-anchor 4 and 6 p.m. news for now. Station manager Marian Pittman said in WSB’s story: “We are taking some time to decide who will take on which shows. We have a great team of anchors and a lot of newscasts. That gives us multiple options for consideration.” She joins sports guy Chuck Dowdle and Pearson’s co-anchor John Pruitt, two other veterans of Channel 2 Action News, who recently retired as well. Their departures have not impacted the network’s ratings, which remain No. 1 in the market. John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

Monica Pearson worked at WSB-TV for 37 years before retiring in 2012. John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame doesn’t just induct musicians. Last year, it inducted Alpharetta stand-up comic Jeff Foxworthy for the “spoken-word” category.

Tonight at the Georgia World Congress Center, former Channel 2 Action News anchor Monica Pearson receives a Georgia Music Hall of Fame Chairman’s Award. She has served as emcee of the show for at least a decade.

Former chairman Bobbie Bailey, who passed away in July, wanted to give Pearson the reward for her long-running support of the group.

But while Pearson is best known in Atlanta as a broadcast journalist, including 37 years at WSB-TV until she retired in 2012, she describes herself as a “frustrated musician.”

“I always wanted to be a jazz and blues singer,” Pearson said today in a phone interview. “But I couldn’t pursue it. I was the first in my family to graduate college. It was incumbent for me to find a good job.”

Read about the other inductees here on the AJC Music Scene blog with Melissa Ruggieri.

She said at past Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Bailey allowed her to sing a few times, including one year she closed with “Georgia On My Mind.”

She also backed up Usher the year he was inducted and sang that same classic Ray Charles tune.

Pearson has also interviewed a raft of musicians over the years for her “Closeups” specials on WSB-TV. One of her favorite moments was receiving vocal tips from Tony Bennett. But one of her best interviews was Dolly Parton, who treated her like they had been life-long friends.

“I’m still dreaming of a music career,” Pearson said. She is taking piano lessons at Clayton State University and hopes in a couple of years to rent out Churchill Downs next to the Fabulous Fox Theatre and sing for charity.  She also hopes to enter some jazz music contests.

She said local singing coach Jan Smith has offered to give her vocal lessons as well but she said she isn’t quite ready for that yet.

 

 

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