Updated 11:42 a.m.
She's as much a part of Atlanta as the Varsity and Lake Lanier.
Monica Pearson, a TV personality at WSB since 1975, anchors her final newscast Wednesday. Also a pioneer, she was the first African-American and the first woman to anchor a TV newscast in Atlanta.
"How do you know it's time to retire?" Pearson said rhetorically in her announcement (see attached video). "When you're anchoring with a man you met as a teenager (Justin Farmer) and you were anchoring with his father (Don Farmer)."
WSB and other organizations in Atlanta have been doing tributes for Pearson (who broke in as Monica Kaufman) for awhile. These can be found on the WSB website.
Of course, TV anchors at the local level are more than news readers. They become personalities and even friends who become more a part of the event than the news they are reading. Pearson became known for her various hairstyles.
So, what are your memories of Monica Pearson as she leaves the TV airwaves in Atlanta? Tell us in the comments below.