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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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