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Monica Pearson staying busy post-retirement

Monica Pearson's active retirement includes a new role as contributing editor for Southern Seasons

Monica Pearson's active retirement includes a new role as contributing editor for Southern Seasons

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.”

15 comments Add your comment

Dan

September 5th, 2012
8:58 am

So I guess the 50-times-a-day Monica-worship that we were subjected to by WSB for months leading up to her retirement wasn’t enough? Atlanta’s media just can’t let her go, can they?

tony

September 5th, 2012
9:32 am

Dan, Monica Is a BIG PART of ATLANTA MEDIA and the PEOPLE here. Atlantans will never let her go.

KAR

September 5th, 2012
9:33 am

So why did you read the article and comment. Can’t you let her go???

JB

September 5th, 2012
9:40 am

Busy Busy Busy….she is like the energizer bunny.

Hilarious

September 5th, 2012
10:14 am

I agree with Dan. Who cares?
Or, maybe update us on Bill Hartman, Chuck Dowdle, or John Pruitt?

Do Something

September 5th, 2012
10:37 am

Thank you Monica for giving back to community and being a role model. Don’t mind the hater comments, they need to do something like volunteer work and become a role model for the community. If they were as busy as you, they would be too tired to read ajc and cnn stories to leave mean comments.

We love you Monica!

Berlene Howard

September 5th, 2012
10:47 am

Monica, you are awsome,I admire the work that you have done down through the years.You said that you are going to write a book, I have already written one, titled “The Master’s Peace” I wish you would check it out.It is awsome also. See it at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Powells,or any book store. Author, Berlene Howard. I am a local author.

pat

September 5th, 2012
10:55 am

Leave Monica alone. She is like Oprah. She did not want to retire.
Folks just like young faces, so that left with grace.

Sandra Matthews

September 5th, 2012
11:09 am

Tony you are correct we love Monica,and we will never let her go.

casper09

September 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

i remember when i first moved to atlantain 1992 one evening while checking out the local news i saw the black anchorwoman that came across with such a caring and sweet spirit i was hooked i instantly said to myself she reminds me of my oldest sister who had just passed away from breast cancer 6 months before i moved here as i have followed her news career i continue to admire this lady whom seem to give so much of herself to atlanta and her family monica atlanta wishes you the best and pray that you enjly hyour retirement

Queen Noor

September 5th, 2012
9:46 pm

Nice story Jennifer. Good to know Monica is doing her thing!

Demi

September 6th, 2012
8:08 am

May God continue to bless you Monica!!

gg

September 6th, 2012
12:03 pm

Why oh why do “they” hate so much, unless it’s their own??

gg

September 6th, 2012
12:04 pm

I lived in ATL 7 years and still considers it my second home. Love Monika Kauffman, now Pearson, watch her all the time. Such grace! You don’t see that much anymore.

Justin

September 7th, 2012
1:12 pm

@ gg

September 6th, 2012
12:03 pm

You are so right! I feel the exact same way. Why do some folks still believe if it ain’t white it ain’t right