Monica Pearson Profile, Wiki, Bio / Who is Monica Pearson?
Monica Pearson is an American News Anchor/Reporter who is well known for having worked at WSB-TV. After 37 years with WSB-TV Atlanta, she retired in the year 2012.
Monica Pearson Education
Pearson attended Catholic schools during her high school. She graduated from an all-girl Catholic High School, Presentation Academy, where she has set up a scholarship for minority girls. Pearson obtained her B.S. degree in English from the University of Louisville.
Since her retirement, Pearson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with an M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, on August 1, 2014. She has guest lectured at several colleges and universities, including the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, Clayton State University, Columbus State, and Savannah State.
Monica Pearson Career
Pearson recently served at WSB-TV as a news anchor. Pearson joined WSB-TV in 1975 as Atlanta’s first woman and first minority to anchor the daily 6 p.m. news. She also anchored the 4, 5, and 11 p.m. news during her career, debuting the 4 and 5. Pearson now hosts a weekly radio show on KISS 104.1 FM and continues her Closeups interviews on www.wsbtv.com/monica.
She started her professional career at The Louisville Times newspaper, then got a position in the public relations department of Brown-Forman Distillers, before joining WHAS-TV in Louisville for three years as a reporter and later anchor.
Pearson has received several accolades and honors for her distinguished bodies of work, 33 local and regional Emmys for anchoring, reporting, and her Closeups, and an Emmy for an exclusive interview, that garnered national recognition, with Georgia Congressman John Lewis in 2008, who changed his U.S. presidential support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama.
Quick Facts About Monica Pearson
|Full Name||Monica Pearson|
|Age||74 years old as of 2021|
|Spouse||John E. Pearson Sr|
|Net Worth||$1 million – $5 Million|
After announcing her retirement, she was also honored by Georgia lawmakers, the City of Atlanta, and Fulton County for making history in the state and for her service to Atlanta and Georgia for nearly four decades. In March 2012, the bi-partisan Georgia delegation to the U.S. Congress honored her on the floor of the U.S. House. “Monica Pearson with WSB television in Atlanta, Georgia is indeed a true pioneer and a trailblazer in television news,” Rep.
David Scott said on the House floor. Among her many awards, she was awarded the Legacy Award from the National Association of Black Journalists in 2012, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Team Trailblazer Award in 2013, and also in the same year, the Interdenominational Theological Center presented her with the James H. Costen Award for Excellence in Civic and Community Affairs. In 2015, Pearson was awarded the Richard M. Uray Award of Excellence from the National Broadcasting Society, the Women’s Leadership Exchange awarded her their Compass Award, and Alpha Epsilon Rho.
Monica Pearson Age, Birthday / How old is Monica Pearson?
Pearson was born on October 20, 1947, in Louisville, Kentucky, United States (she is 74 years old as of 2021.)
Monica Pearson Height and weight, measurements
Pearson stands at a height of 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 66 kg.
Monica Pearson Family, Parents
Pearson is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Hattie Wallace Jones Edmondson and Maurice Jones. Like her mother, she 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. Pearson’s mother was also one of the first black women to work at the Louisville Post Office.
Monica Pearson Husband, married, children
Pearson is married to John E. Pearson Sr. since September 2005. The couple is blessed with two children, Claire Patrice, born in 1980, and a stepson, John E. Pearson, II, born in 1985. She resides in Atlanta with her mother and husband.
Monica Pearson Salary
Being hosts a weekly radio show on KISS 104.1 FM, Pearson earns an annual salary ranging from $ 20,000 – $ 100,000.
Monica Pearson’s Net Worth
Pearson has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned through her successful career as an anchor and radio host.
Monica Pearson WSB-TV
At WSB-TV Pearson worked alongside;
- Wendy Corona – Anchor / Reporter
- Sophia Choi – Anchor
- Jorge Estevez – Anchor
- Jovita Moore – Anchor
- Justin Wilfon – Anchor
- Fred Blankenship – Anchor
- Justin Farmer – Anchor
- Lori Wilson – Anchor / Reporter
- Linda Stouffer – Anchor
- Carol Sbarge – Anchor
- Richard Belcher – Investigative Reporter & Anchor
- Brad Nitz – Meteorologist
- Glenn Burns – Chief Meteorologist
- John Pruitt – Anchor
Monica Pearson Breast Cancer
When Pearson was 50 years old (in the year 1997), she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was handling her cancer journey much like her career: doing research, generously sharing her story with others, always being positive, and asking questions. Her diagnosis was DCIS or Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. She was so conscience when she did breast self-exams since she was at the age of 35. She quickly picked up on what the medical professionals defined as a calcium deposit. The biopsy made a report that the cancer was not big, it was very small, at a very early stage, and had not spread.
Pearson did her research extensively and partnered with her oncologist in deciding to forego radiation and chemotherapy after surgery. She says she received great support along the way from her girl group, who had all had breast cancer with their friend, and revived the “Boob Party”.