MacAfee, Moddelmog and Pearson to be honored at 2016 Grady Salutes

This is the third in a third-part series. Please view our first profiles of Tony Barnhart and Eddie Garrett, and Jeff Gregor and Jan Jones.

Brad MacAfee, Hala Moddelmog (MA ’81) and Monica Kaufman Pearson (MA ’14)  are among the seven honorees who will be inducted into the Grady Fellowship during “Grady Salutes: A Celebration of Achievement, Commitment and Leadership” on May 6.

Established in 2008, the Grady Fellowship honors friends of the college whose accomplishments, support and service to the industries they serve have made a positive impact on Grady College.

In addition, this year’s list of honorees includes Tony Barnhart, Eddie Garrett, Jeff Gregor and Jan Jones.

Brad MacAfee gives advice to Jamie Gottleib (ABJ ’15) and other students as Dean Charles Davis looks on.

Brad MacAfee

A highly respected business and communications leader, Porter Novelli Chief Executive Officer Brad MacAfee draws from more than 25 years of public relations experience on both the agency and corporate sides.

At Porter Novelli, MacAfee has held the roles of global technology practice leader and managing director of the Atlanta office. He is the longest-standing member of Porter Novelli’s executive committee. Prior to his current role, which he assumed this past February, MacAfee was president for all the agency’s offices in the U.S. and Canada.

MacAfee is an advisory board member for Metro Atlanta Chamber, board member for Jr. Achievement of Georgia and on the Board of Trust for Grady College.

MacAfee is a graduate of Indiana University where he earned a degree in telecommunications in 1992.

Hala Moddelmog

Hala Moddelmog at the 2016 MAC Annual Meeting.

Hala Moddelmog is the first female president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, which serves as a catalyst for business partnerships and coalitions to drive economic growth across the 29-county region.

Prior to joining MAC, Moddelmog was president of Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group. Moddelmog also served as president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots organization working to eradicate breast cancer. She was also the first woman to lead an international restaurant company when, in 1995, she was named president of Church’s Chicken.

Moddelmog is a dedicated community advocate and serves on multiple boards including the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission and the Woodruff Arts Center, among others.

Moddelmog received an honorary doctorate from her undergraduate alma mater, Georgia Southern University. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Grady College.

Monica Pearson makes a point during a Peabody Board of Jurors meeting in April.

Monica Kaufman Pearson

Monica Kaufman Pearson is the first woman and first minority to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked for 37 years at WSB-TV.  She has won more than 33 Southern Regional and local Emmy Awards for reporting, anchoring and “Closeups,” her celebrity interview show.

Pearson graduated with a master’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Grady College in 2014. She is a much sought after emcee and motivational speaker and hosts a three-hour weekly music and talk show on Sunday on KISS 104.1 FM, an R&B station.

Pearson will be inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in August 2016 and already is in the University of Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. She serves on the boards of Meals on Wheels Atlanta and Kenny Leon’s True Colors theatre Company. She also serves on the Board of Jurors for the Peabody Awards.

Pearson earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Louisville.

Alumni Lifetime Achievement recipient Ernie Johnson Jr. will also be inducted into the Grady Fellowship that evening.

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Date: May 2, 2016
Author:  Sarah Freeman,
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