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Thursday, June 28, 2007

A panel of broadcast professionals discuss how the broadcasting industry has changed. These local television anchors traditionally compete against one another, but they come together to share a look inside Atlanta's newsrooms.

Monica Pearson, known as Monica Kaufman until 2005, is a news anchor for WSB TV, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia. Pearson is the first African-American and the first woman to become news anchor in the Atlanta market, and has been in that position with WSB TV since 1975. She has held the same job position at the same station longer than any other television personality in Atlanta and longer than most women in the country. Pearson is well known for her occasional TV specials, "Monica Kaufman's Close-Ups" that feature in depth interviews with nationally known celebrities and world leaders.
Stephany Fisher, an Emmy Award winner, co-anchors CBS Atlanta News. Stephany also reports and blogs weekly on stories that matter to your health. Before joining CBS Atlanta in 2003, she was an anchor/reporter for KNDO-TV Yakima, Washington (1992-1994), WYFF-TV Greenville, South Carolina (1994-2000), and KPTV-TV Portland, Oregon (2000-2003). Stephany was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in San Angelo, Texas and Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication in 1991. She lives in Alpharetta with her husband and daughter.
Mike Klein is Director of Georgia Public Broadcasting Client Productions and is serving his third term on the Atlanta Press Club Board of Directors. He also joined The Commerce Club Operating Board of Directors in January 2006. Mr. Klein moved to Atlanta from Chicago in 1984 and spent 14 years at CNN as executive producer of morning news, supervising producer of weekday news programs and vice president of CNN news production, with primary responsibility for CNN's worldwide breaking news production coverage. He joined GPB in February 2000 as Director of GPB Television Productions, a position he held for 6 years. In his current position, Mr. Klein oversees staff that creates content for state government and other public agencies that include the Commission for a New Georgia, many state government agencies, the Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Regional Commission, the Georgia Governor's Office and the Georgia Department of Education. Most projects are education and/or economic development initiatives. Mr. Klein previously worked for the *Chicago Sun-Times* and *San Diego Union* newspapers, the ABC and CBS television stations in Chicago, and SportsVision of Chicago, a production company that produced major league baseball, basketball and hockey broadcasts distributed by cable. He has been a guest instructor at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University.