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Release Date: 01.07.2008 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: WSB-TV

Channel 2 Announces Morning Anchor Changes

Pam Martin moves back to her first love of reporting; Carol Sbarge takes on the morning anchor duties

ATLANTA (January 4, 2008) – Marian Pittman, news director for Channel 2 Action News, announced that long-time award-winning anchor/reporter, Pam Martin, will shift her schedule from the early morning news so that she can contribute more to the early evening shows. Martin will continue anchoring Channel 2 Action News at Noon and will add daily reports for the 5-7 p.m. newscasts as well as special investigative reporting. Long-time weekend anchor, Carol Sbarge, assumes the morning anchor duties alongside Fred Blankenship.

"I'm pleased to be returning to the job I created for myself. It allows the best of all possible journalist worlds," said Martin.

"When needed, Pam responded to the morning shift like the veteran she is," said Pittman. "She rearranged her life for the grueling morning news schedule and took ownership of her role. She anchored the show as Atlanta commuters shifted their news viewing to earlier and earlier in the morning.

Pam leaves the show in a dominant competitive position. We appreciate her leadership, dedication and great stewardship of this important newscast.

I'm very pleased to announce that Carol Sbarge will join Fred Blankenship on the anchor desk," continued Pittman. "Carol is just the veteran insider for the job. She has anchored Channel 2 Action News on Saturday and Sunday mornings for the past 11 years and filled in for Pam on the weekday morning shift. With 15 years at WSB-TV, she knows the area."

Sbarge previously worked as a reporter for six years at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. She earned a bachelor's degree in business-economics from SUNY Oneonta, and she holds a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University.

In 1991, she was named North Carolina Journalist of the Year and won three Emmy Awards. She is past president of the Druid Hills Youth Sports Association and she's also involved in the local chapter of PANCAN.

Carol is married and has two children, Ashley, born in 1987, and Christopher, born in 1993. Her hobbies include playing piano, reading and hiking.

You can email Carol at carol.sbarge@wsbtv.com

Pam Martin came to WSB-TV in 1989 as an anchor/reporter.

She was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. She graduated from Parkway Central High School where she was National Honor Society president, class vice president and associate editor of the high school newspaper. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with honors in three years, earning a degree in journalism.

She was sports editor of her college newspaper and the first woman allowed to cover sports events from the Texas A&M press box.

Martin came to Channel 2 from another network affiliate in Atlanta, and previously was anchor/reporter in Little Rock, Ark., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Most recently Pam received the Silver Circle Award from the Southeastern Chapter of NATAS. Other awards in 2000 include an Emmy for her coverage of the Mill fire in Atlanta, a Society of Professional Journalists award for best documentary for " Georgia's Panda Project," and an Associated Press Honorable Mention for the same documentary. Previous awards include local Emmy awards for anchoring and series reporting, an Associated Press Award for a series and an AABJ for series reporting.

She and her husband, attorney Larry Kent Butler, live on a farm, where they have horses, cattle, dogs and cats. Other interests include restoring their circa-Civil War home, gardening, cooking and photography.

You can email Pam at pam.martin@wsbtv.com

WSB-TV is a Cox Television Station and the top-rated local newscast in the Atlanta, Ga. television market.

About Cox Television: Cox Television includes 15 television stations, 3 national television sales representation firms, a television production company, and a Washington D.C. news office. Cox Television is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., based in Atlanta.



Contact Info

Contact Name: Steve Riley

Company: WSB-TV

Phone: 404-897-7447

Cell: 404-281-8629

E-mail: steve.riley@wsbtv.com