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Erin Coleman Named 4 p.m. Co-Anchor at WSB

Erin Coleman has been named co-anchor of the 4 p.m. newscast at WSB, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta.

Coleman will anchor alongside John Bachman beginning November 26. She replaces Monica Pearson, who retired in July.

“Through her roles of anchoring the early evening and late weekend news and reporting during the week, she has demonstrated the depth, caliber and commitment demanded of the anchor chair at ‘Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.,’” news director Mike Dreaden said in a statement.

Coleman also anchors the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. She joined WSB in 2009.

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After 37 Years at WSB, Monica Pearson Signs Off

Monica Pearson anchored her final newscast on WSB last night after 37 years at the Atlanta ABC-affiliate.

The station’s salute to Pearson during the evening newscasts included a surprise visit from John Pruitt, Pearson’s longtime partner at the anchor desk, and well-wishes from “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer (video above).

WSB Anchor Monica Pearson Honored by NABJ

The National Association of Black Journalists has announced WSB anchor Monica Pearson will receive the 2012 Legacy Award.

Pearson, the anchor of the 4 and 6 p.m. newscasts at the ABC-affiliate, is the longest-running anchor in the Atlanta market. According to WSB, she was the city’s first woman and first minority to anchor the 6 p.m. newscast.

“Monica is an icon and for nearly four decades has served the Atlanta market giving a voice to the issues and interests of this city,” NABJ president Gregory Lee Jr. said in a statement. “She epitomizes the true meaning of this award, a true trailblazer opening doors for women and for people of color in local news.”

Pearson, who plans to retire in July after 37 years at WSB, will be honored this summer at NABJ’s Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans.

Monica Pearson to Retire After 37 Years at WSB

WSB announced today that Monica Pearson will retire in July after 37 years with the station.

Pearson, who joined the Atlanta ABC-affiliate in 1975, was Atlanta’s first woman and first minority to anchor the 6 p.m. newscast, according to WSB. She said her hire took a “great deal of courage” from WSB station management.

“With that one hire they broke the color and gender barrier in local news in a major Southern city,” Pearson said in a statement. “I worked hard to repay that support every day and night over these 37 years.”

“In this metropolitan area, when you say ‘Monica’ people know exactly who you are talking about,” WSB vice president and general manager Tim McVay said. “She lights up the camera and warms up the room.” Read more

WSB Anchor Monica Pearson: ‘I Lost A Competitive Edge … Because I Wasn’t Tweeting’

For veteran WSB anchor Monica Pearson, who joined the Atlanta ABC-affiliate in 1975, few things have changed the local news landscape as much as social media. In a speech at Kennesaw University yesterday, Pearson declared that “the one man band is back,” according to the Kennesaw Patch:

“You can’t just specialize in just being the best reporter in the world,” she said. “Now, in smaller markets, you’re going to be the reporter and the videographer as well as the editor.”

“You’ve got to be media savvy,” Pearson continued. “The more you know about social media, the more attractive you are going to be to employers.”

Pearson told the audience that she realized the importance of social media when Justin Bieber was spotted at a Georgia Music Hall of Fame ceremony. Read more

WSB’s Monica Pearson: ‘I can’t wait for Jovita to take over at 11 so I can take my brown butt home at night!’

The end of Oprah at 4pm today on Atlanta’s WSB coincides with longtime anchor Monica Pearson‘s sign-off from the 11 o’clock news tonight.

“I can’t wait for Jovita [Moore] to take over at 11 so I can take my brown butt home at night!,” Kaufman tells Atlanta magazine. Starting tomorrow, Pearson will anchor the new 4pm newscast as well as the 6.

“It’s finally here. It feels strange to say this but I began to wonder if it was ever going to happen. I’ve been doing the 11 o’clock newscast for 35 years.”

After three and a half decades of rushing back to the newsroom each weeknight at 9:30 p.m., Pearson is looking forward to experiencing the simple things we all take for granted each evening. Says Pearson: “A glass of wine with dinner. I will actually be able to have dinner with my husband and not have to rush back to work. I will be able to go to plays without having to leave at intermission. I can actually go to a movie during the week! John Pruitt told me when he came off the 11 o’clock it was like gaining a second life. His wife said the same thing. I’m excited.”

Following Other ABC-Affiliates, WSB Prepares to Launch Newscast in ‘Oprah’ Timeslot

Atlanta’s WSB announced today that it will launch a one-hour 4 p.m. newscast to replace Oprah, who leaves for cable at the end of May. WSB follows Chicago’s WLS and New York’s WABC in filling Oprah‘s longtime timeslot with local news.

“We felt that this was the right time to start the additional newscast,” said Bill Hoffman, WSB’s vice president and general manager, adding that the new 4 p.m. newscast would give the station “another hour of opportunity to serve viewers with local news when they want it.”

The new newscast will be anchored by Monica Pearson and John Bachman (above, right), with Glenn Burns, WSB’s chief meteorologist, forecasting the weather.

Pearson has been with the station for over 30 years and currently anchors WSB’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Bachman, who has been with WSB since 2007, currently works as a weekend anchor in addition to reporting throughout the week. Read more