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WSB-TV, Andrew Young are big winners at Southeastern Emmy Award winners

Monica Pearson with Andrew Young and his wife Carolyn after the Emmy Awards. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Monica Pearson with Andrew Young and his wife Carolyn after the Emmy Awards. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

The very presence of Andrew Young gave the seemingly endless Southeastern Emmy Awards an extra bright sheen, while host and former TBS/CNN mainstay Bill Tush kicked the nostalgia up a notch.

WSB-TV for the second year in a row took home the big “station excellence” award while grabbing the “news excellence” Emmy and best newscast. The station has been the dominant news station in town for decades.

Best news anchor was won by a Montgomery, Ala. anchor Mark Bullock, beating the Atlanta triumvirate of veteran ladies Monica Pearson (WSB-TV), Karyn Greer (WXIA-TV) and Brenda Wood (WXIA-TV.) WSB-TV’s David Chandley won the Emmy for best weather anchor. (Dagmar Midcap fans, she was not in the running.) Jerome Jurenovich from Fox Sports & Fox Sports South won best sports anchor again.

The show took more than three hours — not quite as long as the Oscars but there were no commercials (since it’s no longer televised.) At a certain point, well into hour three, entire tables were empty as people schmoozed outside by the bar or had already left.

Among other winners:

-Monica Pearson (left, in photo) with Dorthey Daniels(right) for an exclusive interview with Congressman John Lewis last year when he changed his mind and endorsed Barack Obama over his initial favorite Hillary Clinton. Pearson said afterwards that she had chased that exclusive for a long time.

- Jeff “J.J.” Johnson at Peachtree TV won for “On Camera Talent.” He is seen at Braves home games and has been the voice of Peachtree TV for the past two years.

I spoke briefly about what the Emmy means to the Honorable Andrew Young, civil rights leader and former U.N. Ambassador and Atlanta mayor. (photo I took to the left, with his friend and Trumpet Awards founder Xernona Clayton.)

“I truly believe television has changed the world and its impact on a huge number of people,” he said in an interview after receiving a special Governor’s Award Emmy.

“What about Twitter and the way the Web distributes information?” I asked.

“Twittering is the continued democratization of dissemination of information,” he said. “But that’s more about the immediate moment. Television still can provide the indepth perspective people need. We will always want to see the news. It may not necessarily be on a TV. It might be on your wristband or your cel phone, but there’s a place for TV news.”

Young won a couple of more Emmys for uplifting stories he did with CB Hackworth in Africa last year. “Working with Andrew Young has been a blessing and changed my life,” Hackworth said.

He has no clue where he’s going to put the Emmy. Earlier, before his speech, the Emmys showed an image of him when he was barely 22 years old in 1954 on a show “Look Up and Live” as a narrator. He said he counseled Martin Luther King Jr. about the power of TV.

That early TV experience “helped us understand that what we do has got to be framed in such a timeline that we can make the 6 o’clock news…. getting a story from Birmingham or Selma or St. Augustine. We had to make it crisp and touch people’s hearts.”

He thanked his family and acknowledged a granddaughter going to UGA, then did the Dawg bark. Too bad I didn’t capture that on video!

The host was Bill Tush, who fed the audience clips of his goofy antics back in the 1970s on Channel 17. As this photo I took shows, he’s as shocked he’s still around as the audience!

I had been planning to write a blog entry dubbed “Whatever happened to Bill Tush?” for months and haven’t done it. No excuse. I will. I promise. Tush said he joked when he met up with me three months ago that I was merely updating his future obituary.

Here is a bit he did at the Emmy’s about his sketches on Channel 17 back in the 1970s, once when he did the “news” with a dog:

“If anybody out here has a job, I have a demo tape,” Tush joked (sort of) at the end of the show.

Want more? Doug Richards over at Live Apartment Fire makes some more observations about the award winners.


33 comments Add your comment

Wayne from AL

June 27th, 2009
11:03 pm

Best news anchor was from Montgomery??? Could’ve fooled me: I lived in the Atlanta TV market for 14 years, coming back to the sad-sack Montgomery market 4 years ago, and the latter is ATROCIOUS compared to Atlanta. While you didn’t name the anchor, I do hope it’s Bob Howell, a rather classy guy.

tv watcher

June 28th, 2009
6:25 am

Viewer picks for worst news acting (can’t watch).
1. Susan Hendricks- CNN Headline
2. Karen Greer-WXIA TV
3. Justin Farmer-WSB TV
4. T.J Holmes-CNN
5. Monica ( Lifetime Achievement)


June 28th, 2009
9:49 am

Don’t know why Russ Spencer of Fox 5 wasn’t honored. The best news anchor in Atlanta, by far. He doesn’t feign emotion like Monica, John, Brenda and Karen, and (thankfully) is appropriately skeptical of some of the stuff he reads. He is also a good reporter.


June 28th, 2009
9:58 am

Obviously, TV watcher watches too much tv. Monica is a jewel and has done so much community service for this city. I worked with her years ago and I think she is a wonderful person. I don’t see Ted Hall on your list. His “down home aw shucks” delivery is beginning to get on my nerves. I watch for 1 story and flip. Overall I like WAGA the best.


June 28th, 2009
10:58 am

I hope my son his job back on wsb tv in atlanta.


June 28th, 2009
11:39 am

Let’s not forget Tom Haynes and his phony hyped nonsense. Let’s begin a countdown for his exit. He’s “So Fox.”


June 28th, 2009
11:52 am

Why didn’t the AJC publish a picture of the anchor from Montgomery who won instead of yet another picture of Monica Kaufman. This flamboyant and dramatic “news” person with the weird hair is extremely tiresome. There are other, and much better, people out there. Give them some credit.


June 28th, 2009
11:58 am

tv watcher– thats a good point about the “acting”. I ve never really thought about it before.
Who do u think does it the least?
I really liked Justin ….think of him as up and comer. I will watch closer now.


June 28th, 2009
12:05 pm

I love the morning team at Fox 5, Mark , Suchita , Jeff you guys rock. Your chemistry is real and you make news worth watching.


June 28th, 2009
12:22 pm

2 people who need to say good-bye immediately……Monica ( so self absorbed and just not enough mirrors around…her hair choices ensure that the spotlight is always on her..this is not a good thing for a professional news program) and Glenn Burns….good grief what a doofus…get him some Ritalin. David Chandley is a great communicator without all of the hyperbole. With these 2 gone, best local news at 6:00pm.


June 28th, 2009
12:38 pm

dagwood midcap should have won all the awards


June 28th, 2009
12:40 pm

I lived in Fulton County for 8 years and loved WSB, but Rod Carter (NBC-B’ham) is an exceptional morning and noon anchor. He has made me enjoy B’ham news.

Wayne from AL

June 28th, 2009
1:27 pm

MARK BULLOCK from WSFA won Best Anchor??? Geez, the guy comes across as Ned Flanders, Jr….

Pickup Truck Liberal

June 28th, 2009
1:40 pm

Andrew Young is completely undeserving of this kind of attention. The gushing journalism exemplifed in this puff piece is pathetic. Young sold out his principles to Nike and WalMart a long time ago through his “consulting” firm. If there is a bigger hypocrite and “closet racist” anywhere — I’d like to see it. Apparently the Emmy’s and the AJC need a civil rights hero to honor. Next time, try a real one like Congressman John Lewis.


June 28th, 2009
1:46 pm

When, oh when, is Monica Pearson going to retire? She’s funny to watch if you’re up for some comedy, but the constant emoting, noodle-necking, and squealing is SO ANNOYING. She and Mark Hayes together could be a MAD TV skit. The 2 best anchors in Atlanta are Jovita Moore and Russ Spencer. No one even comes close to touching them.


June 28th, 2009
1:50 pm

In the top photo, it looks like Ms. Pearson is having a Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction. Does anyone really need to see a 60-year-old woman’s breast hanging out?


June 28th, 2009
2:11 pm

Monica Kaufman will always be a icon news anchor. Her presence on television news show thousands of young minority men and women in the 1970’s and 1980’s that we could reach this goal. Growing in the Fulton Co, Delkab County, Barrow Co. and Clarke County area there was know greater pride than to see a Black woman express herself with dignity and tell the 6:00 news. Gone of the days when only Causian men tell the news . Thank – You Monica Kaufman Pearson for the years of service

Atl Resident

June 28th, 2009
2:41 pm

It’s something about WSB-TV news that gets all the viewers. They have always lead the pack in the ratings and have done so in past, present, and long as they here to stay they will in future.

Miami Red

June 28th, 2009
3:03 pm

Here are other news actors with fake theatrics. Cinammon Stouffer now known as Linda on WSB TV. Lots of pregnant pauses and lookdowns. She was married to an ex jock sportscaster in Miami. They acted like the prom king and queen of S. Florida. And Tom Haynes at WSVN now WAGA..lots of bad acting.

Katherine Saylor

June 28th, 2009
3:12 pm

Pickup Truck Liberal is a complete, uninformed idiot, hence the name, obviously. Clearly, if he had bothered to research Ambassador Young’s life-long and continued unselfish work, he would not have made such a childish comment. Uneducated, sensational headline grabbing people like this are why tabloid journalism is so popular today!

Biff Pocoroba

June 28th, 2009
4:44 pm

Gil Tyree got worst sports anchor for his giant bug eye look and repeating the same annoying phrases at the end of each broadcast. (”Time to button it up”, “see you manana”) and then making the poor co-anchors say it too. Almost as annoying as the Fox 5 “in your face” stuff.

Farmer in the Dell

June 28th, 2009
5:12 pm

Justin Farmer is full of fakery. To be a good anchor means more than reading. The fakery is not the WSB I have always enjoyed and watched. I like John on the weekends and Fred in the morning.


June 28th, 2009
5:42 pm

Monica, Please, please,please FIRE YOUR STYLIST !!!!!!!! The outfit pictured above is HIDEOUS !!!!



news watcher

June 28th, 2009
6:16 pm

WSB does not provide excellent news coverage by any standard. Monica is horrible and Jovita Moore is even worse. Neither can do anything with their hair and can barely read at times. Maybe they can’t see the teleprompter. Nonetheless, Cox has a strangle-hold on the broadcasting market in Atlanta , which helps them garner unearned awards repeatedly. Ever since I moved here over 10 years ago, I could not figure out how they were rated #1. And, Fox’s Tom Haynes is a mess, too…

weather fan

June 28th, 2009
8:35 pm

Dagmar(wood) is not a meteorologist. There is no category for her position.

What News?

June 28th, 2009
9:07 pm

Giving out emmys for overpaid media wags reading news off a teleprompter? What a joke!

Local news is not particularly interesting

June 29th, 2009
1:47 am

Amanda Davis doesn’t act the news…she sings it.

Tom Haynes puts on another layer of makeup every time he says “check this out.”



June 29th, 2009
9:02 am

Let’s see Tom Haynes is Mr GQ on the commercial from Fox 5.
He wears lots of makeup and hypes everything on the news.
He the worst anchorman I’ve seen at 5 and I am a native.


June 29th, 2009
10:18 am

People and stations nominate themselves for these awards….

[...] complete coverage of the Emmy Awards on Saturday night, click here for Rodney Ho’s article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.One highlight of was this [...]


July 9th, 2009
5:24 pm

actually spider and weather fan… Dagmar DID win an emmy…

Antavius Weems

December 16th, 2009
11:06 pm

I am so very proud of Monica Pearson and all of the many accomplishments that she has here in the Atlanta area. She has spanned a generation and I for one simply do not believe the news unless she delivers it.


February 9th, 2010
10:48 pm

I can’t stand Tom Haynes…. What a terrible, terrible anchor.