Georgia lawmakers honored Channel 2 Action News anchor Monica Pearson for making history in the state and for her service to Atlanta for nearly four decades.
Channel 2's Lori Geary went to the state Capitol Thursday as lawmakers congratulated Pearson on her pending retirement.
Lawmakers took a break from official state business to honor Pearson, who has been a fixture in the state since she came to Atlanta in 1975.
“To be recognized in the state I've lived for 37 years, I am overwhelmed,” she said.
A House proclamation highlighted Pearson becoming the first woman and minority anchor in Atlanta. It also listed some of her numerous awards and service organization memberships.
Pearson was holding back tears, and so were some lawmakers.
“I'm emotional at the moment,” state Rep. Roger Bruce said.
Pearson’s husband, Jon, stood by her side, along with WSB-TV station manager Marian Pittman and general manager Tim McVay.
“We just love her. She's taught us how to carry on. She's been a great mentor,” McVay said.
Pearson said she is living beyond her dreams.
“All I can say is thank you,” she said.