Veteran TV News Anchor to Deliver Last Newscast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Monica Pearson, who broke barriers by becoming the first African-American and the first woman to anchor the evening news in Atlanta, will deliver her final newscast for WSB-TV as she heads to retirement.

Pearson is retiring after 37 years with the station following her 6 p.m. newscast Wednesday evening. The Kentucky native began her illustrious career at the Louisville (Ky.) Times.

The veteran news anchor covered President Barack Obama's inauguration live from Washington, D.C., traveled to Norway to cover former President Jimmy Carter's acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 and anchored coverage of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. She's also conducted interviews with celebrities from Ray Charles to Sean Connery.

Pearson said she plans to attend graduate school and write a book after retirement.

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