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Atlanta broadcasting legend set to deliver Mary Frances Early annual lecture

UGA Media Relations

An Atlanta broadcasting legend has been tapped to deliver the University of Georgia’s annual Mary Frances Early lecture on Feb. 7 at 2:00 p.m., marking the 61st anniversary of Mary Frances Early’s graduation in 1962.

In honor, Monica Kaufman Pearson will deliver the 2023 lecture. She is the first woman and first person of color to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta, where she worked for 37 years before retiring in 2012.

UGA’s Mary Frances Early Lecture honors the work of the university’s first Black student to earn a graduate degree. Early received her master’s in music education in 1962. She worked for decades in Atlanta City Schools, and is the author of the memoir, “The Quiet Trailblazer: My Journey as the First Black Graduate of the University of Georgia.”

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.