Longtime Channel 2 anchor Monica Pearson signed off after 37 years this summer – but she’s staying plenty busy in her so-called “retirement.”
The broadcaster admired for her on-air aplomb and off-screen dedication to charitable causes has just launched a new travel blog called A Toe in the Water and has begun taking classes at the University of Georgia. She is pursuing a master’s degree so she can teach in the future.
“UGA is stretching me, but that is a good thing,” Pearson told us. “My daughter laughs at me because I have a rolling backpack, but it is not about looks for me, it is about comfort as I trudge from the parking lot, up the hill and around the corner to get to the Grady School (of Journalism).”
Pearson also has begun a new role as contributing editor at Southern Seasons magazine. Her first “Monica Matters” feature appears in the Southern Seasons edition on newsstands this fall.
“Retirement for me is reinvention,” Pearson wrote in this month’s feature. “Now is the time to do all those things I wanted to do in my 20s but was too responsible to do. Now is the time to take chances, since the children are grown, the house is paid for and our pensions cover everything.”
The feature includes a collection of photographs of her famous changing hairstyles through the years and photos of her with her WSB family.
“I am writing for Southern Seasons to get back to my print roots,” Pearson told us. “I was a reporter for five years at The Louisville Times in Louisville, Ky., my home. All of this eventually will help me write several books.”
As if that wasn’t enough she’s scheduled to emcee a campus charity event called The Greek Grind at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Athens’ Classic Center to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America; and will also emcee Travel in Pink, planned for 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, to benefit Grady Health Foundation. Tickets for Travel in Pink start at $150 and must be purchased in advance. See this website for details.
“As the non-profit arm of Grady, we exist to serve Atlanta and we need the support of the community to help raise funds and spread awareness,” said Lisa Borders, president of the Grady Health Foundation. “It is an honor that Monica Pearson has agreed to emcee Travel in Pink this year, to have her involvement and support means so much to us.”
In her Southern Seasons column Pearson wrote that she is enjoying Zumba and spin classes and wants to get more involved with church.
“In retirement, I must continue to be a blessing to others,” she wrote, “since I have been so blessed.”