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Monica Kaufman Pearson Speaks to Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Design & Media Production Technology Students

DeKalb County - October 10, 2016

Georgia Piedmont Technical College recently welcomed WSB-TV veteran news anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson, who addressed students, faculty and staff from the college’s Design and Media Production Technology Program.  During her presentation, Ms. Pearson briefly discussed the role of citizen journalists, job prospects in broadcast news and ethics in journalism.  Recounting how, in her spirit of always giving back to the community, she continues to take time from her demanding schedule to read to elementary students within the Atlanta Public School system. 

Imparting words of wisdom, Ms. Pearson told them to “…remember, there are more than two sides to every story.  You must ask yourself - ‘Is there an angle I’m not seeing? What more is there to this story?’…”  

About Monica Kaufman Pearson

Monica Kaufman Pearson is a renowned Atlanta television broadcast journalist. She joined WSB-TV in 1975 as Atlanta's first female, and first minority, to anchor the daily 6 p.m. news. After 37 years as a ground-breaking news anchor with WSB-TV Atlanta, she retired from WSB TV in 2012. She has been active since her retirement having enrolled and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2014.  She has written a column for Southern Seasons Magazine; and either taught and/or guest lectured at numerous colleges and universities. Monica has received numerous awards including 33 local and regional EMMY awards and the Richard M. Uray Award of Excellence from the National Broadcasting Society, Alpha Epsilon Rho.  She currently hosts a weekly radio program on KISS 104.1 FM, and continues her Close Ups interviews on

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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