Announcing the MC for the 21st Annual Inspire Awards Gala: Monica Pearson

We are so excited to announce our Master of Ceremonies (MC) for our 21st Annual Inspire Awards!

Monica Pearson is the first woman and first minority to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta at WSBTV. She was a pioneer, as all the news stations in Atlanta at that time had white men anchoring the 6pm evening news. She worked at WSBTV for 37 years in addition to four years at KISS 104.1 radio hosting The Monica Pearson Show. 

Monica now writes and produces an hour-long personality interview show, Monica Pearson One on One on Peachtree TV.  She is also a contributor to the AJC, writing a once-a-month column, A Monica Moment, and hosting a new streaming program on that features personality interviews.

During her over 50 years in newspaper, public relations, radio and TV, Monica has won 33 Southern Regional and local Emmy Awards for reporting, anchoring and her former celebrity interview show, Closeups.

Monica calls retirement “rewirement” and now is also a voiceover artist, public speaker, MC and spokesperson.

A native of Louisville, KY, Monica graduated with a B.A. from the University of Louisville and an M.A. from the University of Georgia, graduating Magna Cum Laude at the age of 67! She is married to John E. Pearson Sr. and has a daughter and bonus son.