Members of the U.S. Congress took a moment to honor legendary Channel 2 Action News anchor Monica Pearson on Wednesday morning.
A delegation of Georgia representatives presented Pearson with a congressional commendation for her career achievements.
“Monica Pearson with WSB television in Atlanta, Ga., is indeed a true pioneer and a trailblazer in television news,” Rep. David Scott said on the House floor.
When she joined the Channel 2 Action News staff in 1975, Pearson became Atlanta's first woman and first minority anchor. She has covered a range of historic events, including President Jimmy Carter’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Olympic Park bombings and President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
“Monica Pearson brought a special talent, a sparkling personality, hard work and a high nobility of purpose that appealed to everybody, to people of all races,” Scott said.
Last month, she announced her plans to retire this summer.
“Atlanta is sad to see her retire from WSB and Cox Broadcasting, but we are very, very proud of her legacy,” Rep. Phil Gingrey said.
On Thursday night, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters also recognized Pearson with a lifetime achievement award in broadcasting.
Her last day at the station will be July 25.