Erin Coleman will join John Bachman on Channel 2’s 4 p.m. anchor desk starting Nov. 26, Tim McVay, vice president and general manager for Channel 2 WSB-TV, announced Monday.
“It takes a very special person to fill the anchor role at WSB-TV,” McVay said. “They must demonstrate two key qualities: a never-ending commitment to journalistic excellence and our community as well as a command of the inner-workings of a newscast.”
“Erin has proven that she has those qualities,” added news director Mike Dreaden. “She joins our outstanding anchors: John Bachman, Jovita Moore and Justin Farmer. Through her roles of anchoring the early evening and late weekend news and reporting during the week, she has demonstrated the depth, caliber and commitment demanded of the anchor chair at ‘Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.’”
“I’ve got big shoes to fill,” said Coleman after Marian Pittman, Channel 2’s station manager, announced the promotion to the news staff. “I appreciate the trust and support shown by Tim, Marian and Mike. I look forward to joining John and the team at 4 p.m.”
“Erin’s promotion continues Channel 2’s investment in our news commitment to serve our community,” Pittman said. “Over the last year and a half, we’ve hired more reporters, photographers, editors and writers to support the increased amount of local news coverage. At the same time, we’ve invested in our technology including building StormTracker 2 HD into the most powerful radar in the country.”
Coleman joined WSB-TV Channel 2 in October 2009. Before moving to Atlanta, she worked for three and a half years as the weekend anchor/reporter at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC. Prior to her tenure at WRAL, Erin worked for several years at WFMY in Greensboro, NC. She started her career at KAIT in Jonesboro, Ark.
“I feel like the station has really been behind me from the beginning,” Coleman said. “I’m just really excited about this opportunity.”
Bachman initially co-anchored the 4 p.m. newscast with Monica Pearson, who retired this summer after 37 years at the station.
“It’s a huge honor to know that Monica Pearson started the 4 p.m. news cast with John Bachman,” Coleman said. “She’s been a mentor to a lot of us here. I’m really excited to step into this role.”
Over the years, Coleman has covered everything from hurricanes to politics, and notably secured a one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama during a campaign stop in North Carolina. Originally from the Philadelphia metropolitan area, she graduated from Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Junior League. She and her husband live in Cobb County and she enjoys tennis, running and community events she attends on behalf of the station.
“I do enjoy getting out there and meeting people!” she said.
Channel 2 Action News attracts more viewers in each news program than any station in the market and consistently wins the local news ratings in every newscast. It drew 61 percent of the local news viewers in the recently completed October ratings period. In the most recent ratings period, “Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.” ranked as the No. 1 newscast in its time period, the No. 1 local program in its time period, and the No. 1 4 p.m. newscast in the country’s top ten media markets.