Jocelyn has been with WSB-TV for more than 40 years. She has been Director of Editorials & Public Affairs at Channel 2 since 1983. From 1973-83, Jocelyn was an anchor/reporter/producer and assignment editor for WSB-TV’s Channel 2 Action News. In fact, she was the first African-American anchor of a Channel 2 newscast as well as the first African American news anchor in the Atlanta market.
Jocelyn is also Executive Producer and regular contributor to People 2 People, a weekly half-hour public affairs program which is broadcast at 6:30 a.m. Sunday mornings on Channel 2.
She supervises the selection, creation, and marketing efforts for all special events and community outreach programs for the Family 2 Family Project, WSB-TV public service projects, and Tours. In addition, Jocelyn is a producer, writer, editor, and narrator for various non-profit organization videos.
Jocelyn has won numerous awards for her work with WSB-TV, including seven Southeast Regional EMMYS for Editorial Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Among her personal honors, Jocelyn was the first African-American inducted into the SE Region NATAS Silver Circle, for more than 25 years in the field of journalism. She was also the first woman and first African-American to receive the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) Broadcaster’s Citizen of the Year Award, a lifetime-achievement award.
Jocelyn has been inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)-Region IV-Hall of Fame, and has been named National MediaWoman of the Year by the National Association of Media Women. Other civic honors include an Empowerment Award presented by the League of Women Voters of Georgia, and the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, and The Winnie Mandela Humanitarian Award of Honor. She had receivedproclamations from the State of Georgia, Fulton County Board of Commissioners, and DeKalb County Board of Commissioners for her years of service to the community. Jocelyn was named Pioneer Black Journalist, the highest award bestowed by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, and was recognized by Atlanta Magazine as a “Woman making a Mark”. She has also received the Millenium Pacesetter Award from The Atlanta Business League and most recently received a Woman of Power Award from the National Urban League.
Her active Board and Advisory affiliations include; Thanks Mom & Dad Fund Board, Sisters By Choice, Inc. Board
The Children’s Restoration Network Advisory Board Chair, Hands On Atlanta Advisory Council, All About Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, VOX Teen Communications Advisory Board and The Police Memorial Ride committee. She is a member of Leadership Atlanta Class of 1989 and the International Women’s Forum of Georgia.
Jocelyn is the mother of two sons, the late Teo Gebre-Hiwet and Robert-Fassil Gebre-Hiwet. Jocelyn is a grandmother four times over, raising her only granddaughter Zania. Jocelyn and her family are avid Buckeyes having two generations attending The Ohio State University, where she served as an Advisory Board member to The School of Journalism and where her father was the first African American National Alumni President, one of the first African Americas to serve on The Ohio State Board of Trustees and a former Ohio State Varsity “O” player.
She is an avid motorcyclist who in the summer of 2007 rode her Harley Davidson from Fairbanks, Alaska to Key West, Florida (7,688 miles in 21 days) as an Iron Torch Rider to help raise $250,000.00 for Special Olympics of Georgia.