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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Fred Blankenship

Best TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Fred Blankenship

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Russ Spencer

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Jovita Moore

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Jovita Moore

The fourth estate: Best TV cameraman BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Mike Daly

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Brenda Wood

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Russ Spencer

Best TV anchor send-off BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Monica Pearson
For nearly 40 years, Monica Pearson (formerly Kaufman) of WSB-TV has been considered the evening news anchor in Atlanta. There were others, yes, but none matched the Kentucky native's celebrity. After decades of reporting on such stories as the Atlanta child murders and the 1996 Olympics, the winnermore...
For nearly 40 years, Monica Pearson (formerly Kaufman) of WSB-TV has been considered the evening news anchor in Atlanta. There were others, yes, but none matched the Kentucky native's celebrity. After decades of reporting on such stories as the Atlanta child murders and the 1996 Olympics, the winner of multiple Emmy Awards and wearer of 1 million hairstyles called it a career. And Jesus, did WSB-TV celebrate. An in-studio meet-and-greet! A congressional commendation and City Hall reception and proclamation! A farewell ball! Radio interviews! And then ... tours of Monica's closets! Clips of Monica trying on boots! Shots of Monica hanging out by a lake at the home she shares with her husband. The heady hero worship was, for some reason, oddly mesmerizing once you got sucked in. less...

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Monica Pearson

Local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Monica Kauffman/Pearson

Best display of the power of the MSM BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Susan Richardson TV Interview
This year's turnover in state House leadership wasn't brought about by voters, prosecutors or an act of God. Instead, it was due to the SUSAN RICHARDSON TV INTERVIEW with Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell. The six-minute piece, in which the Speaker's ex described his frolicking with lobbyists, is proof thatmore...
This year's turnover in state House leadership wasn't brought about by voters, prosecutors or an act of God. Instead, it was due to the SUSAN RICHARDSON TV INTERVIEW with Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell. The six-minute piece, in which the Speaker's ex described his frolicking with lobbyists, is proof that the old-school news media can still affect big changes. less...

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Monica Pearson

www.wsbtv.com


Runner-up: Brenda Wood


www.11alive.com

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson, Channel 2/WSB-TV

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Monica Pearson, Channel 2/WSB-TV

www.wsbtv.com


Runner-up
Brenda Wood, Channel 11/WXIA
www.11alive.com


Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Monica Pearson

Best TV News Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson
TV news anchors aren't reporters. They're readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville, Ky., asmore...
TV news anchors aren't reporters. They're readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville, Ky., as Monica Kaufman to anchor the morning local-news breaks during "The Today Show." less...

Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Monica Pearson

Timeless: Best TV News Anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Monica Pearson
TV news anchors aren’t reporters. They’re readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville,more...

TV news anchors aren’t reporters. They’re readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville, Ky., as Monica Kaufman to anchor the morning local-news breaks during “The Today Show.” Even then, it was obvious there was something about her that made you stop what you were doing to watch. Today, she’s a part of the fabric of the city. Pearson’s ace in the hole is her hard-to-categorize-yet-undeniable charisma. Maybe it’s her vaguely diva-esque bearing. Maybe it’s her adventurous hairstyle choices. We’re not sure what. All we know is that whatever “it” is, she has it.


www.wsbtv.com

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Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best Real TV Journalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Dale Cardwell
You’ve heard the jokes about TV newspeople. The “blow-dries.” The “news babes.” The “rip-and-read” anchors. The “if it bleeds, it leads” sensationalists. They’re all true, but there are good journalists lurkingmore...
You’ve heard the jokes about TV newspeople. The “blow-dries.” The “news babes.” The “rip-and-read” anchors. The “if it bleeds, it leads” sensationalists. They’re all true, but there are good journalists lurking on the edges of the tube. They may not be easy to find, but they’re there. Our guy is WSB-TV/Channel 2’s DALE CARDWELL. He broke, or helped break, the criminal investigation of former Mayor Bill Campbell, the stories that led to the grounding of Gov. Sonny Perdue’s use of state aircraft for personal flights, the accounts of corruption associated with former DeKalb County Sheriff Sid Dorsey, the stories of the financial scandal that forced Fulton Sheriff Jackie Barrett from office, as well as the “mansion fund” stories that led to former Gov. Zell Miller returning more than $150,000 to the taxpayers of Georgia. Cardwell’s been a thorn to the mighty, including DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones, and he’s even exposed the threat of terrorism at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. less...

Best Local Television Anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
John Pruitt
Because he’s sat next to a shining star such as Monica Kaufman for all these years, it’s been too easy to overlook JOHN PRUITT. But as a news reader, he’s the local version of the late Peter Jennings — authoritative, fatherly and never rattled. Pruitt started out asmore...
Because he’s sat next to a shining star such as Monica Kaufman for all these years, it’s been too easy to overlook JOHN PRUITT. But as a news reader, he’s the local version of the late Peter Jennings — authoritative, fatherly and never rattled. Pruitt started out as a reporter, covering stories as varied as the funeral of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the kidnapping of Barbara Jane Mackle and Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. Despite a mid-career 15-year run at WXIA-TV/Channel 11, Pruitt will always be associated with WSB-TV/Channel 2 and Kaufman, his longtime broadcast partner. He’s been giving Atlantans their news for nearly 40 years. Between Monica’s ever-changing hairstyles and wardrobe, and Pruitt’s ability to remain steady and ageless, they are the yin and yang of Atlanta television news. less...

Best TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Monica Kaufman
WSB/Channel 2 Weeknights, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. www.wsbtv.com

Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Monica Kaufman
WSB/Channel 2 Weeknights, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. www.wsbtv.com

Best Local TV Reporter BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Dale Russell
WAGA/Channel 5 Weeknights, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. www.fox5atlanta.com
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