Columbus State University’s Department of Communication Brings TV Legend to Inform and Entertain Students and Public

Kaufman_Monica01 COLUMBUS, Ga. – Monica Kaufman Pearson, a 45-year veteran of television, radio, and print, recently visited the Department of Communication and Uptown Columbus on a two-day trip as the honored guest of the department’s inaugural Speaker Series event. Members of the community, students, and local media professionals were as informed as they were entertained by Pearson.

At the speaker series event, Pearson used a mix of humor and life lessons in the River Center’s Studio Theatre before a packed house of CSU students, faculty, and members of the community as she talked about current events, best practices in journalism, and the critical role media plays in creating a civically engaged society. Her message was clear: If the public doesn’t pay attention to the news, they don’t understand just how directly the actions of others can impact their lives.

Kaufman_Monica02Even in a busy schedule that also included a talk on media relations with the Columbus Rotary Club, Pearson found an afternoon to impart knowledge and experience to Communication students at CSU in a master class. The topic of the day was, “lessons learned in the field” through which Kaufman offered advice to a group of aspiring media professionals on media relations, journalism, and her role as a pioneer in the television news industry, being the first female African American anchor on television in the southeast region.

Dr. Danna Gibson, Chair of the Department of Communication, said of the Speaker Series, “Our goal in providing a speaker series to the public is to help further two missions of our department. First, to provide students with an education that makes them effective professionals and strong leaders in the civic life of their community. Second, our department strives to enhance the quality of civic life in our city of Columbus.”

CSU's Department of Communication, based in the Carpenters Building on CSU's RiverPark campus, also offers conventional Bachelor of Arts degree tracks in mass media and communication studies, as well as an online three-year B.A. in communication with a civic leadership focus.

After 37 years as a news anchor and reporter with WSB-TV Atlanta, Pearson retired in 2012. She now hosts a weekly radio show on KISS 104.1 FM, writes a column, “Monica Matters” for Southern Seasons Magazine, continues her Closeups interviews on and teaches at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

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