Just 10 days into Gray’s ownership of WGCL, the Atlanta-based company wooed Monica Kaufman Pearson out of retirement to join the CBS affiliate. Pearson is well-known in Atlanta for her 37 years as news anchor on WSB, where she was the first Black female evening anchor in the city.
And that’s the point.
“In terrible times like this pandemic, this was an example of a city and region at its best,” said Erik Schrader, WOIO’s general manager. “I received a text from one of our charities when I asked them about the results. They said it best. ‘It was the generosity of those who had little to give because they have little themselves. That’s Cleveland’.”