Jocelyn Dorsey

Jocelyn retired from Channel 2 WSB-TV in 2018 after 45 years of service. She had been the 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 regular news anchor in the Atlanta market.

In her management role, Jocelyn wrote, produced and broadcast WSB-TV ‘s station Editorials for four General Managers and was also the creator. She was the Executive Producer and regular contributor to People 2 People, a weekly half-hour public affairs program broadcast on Channel 2 since 1983.

She created the Family 2 Family Community Outreach Project in 1983, which is among the longest running station wide public service projects in the nation. In that role, supervised the selection, creation, and marketing efforts for all special events and community outreach programs for WSB-TV and WSB-TV & Radio Tours. In addition, Jocelyn was a producer, writer, editor, and narrator for various non-profit organization videos.

Among her personal honors; Jocelyn was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, by members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation for her induction into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. She has been awarded the City of Atlanta’s highest honor, the Phoenix Award, and issued special proclamations by The Atlanta City Council and the Fulton County & DeKalb County Board of Commissioners both for her years of service as well as retirement.

Jocelyn has won numerous other awards for her work with WSB-TV, including seven Southeast Regional EMMYS for Editorial Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). She was the first African-American inducted into the same organization’s Silver Circle, for more than 25 years in the field of journalism. And has since been inducted into the Gold circle for 50 years of service. She was 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.

Her active Board affiliations include; The Ohio State University School of Communications Advancement Board, The A.G. Rhodes Community-Wellness-Care, Board of Trustees, The Trust for Public Land Georgia Board of Advisors, UNICEF USA SE Region Board of Directors, Atlanta Victim Assistance (AVA) Board of Trustees, Thanks Mom & Dad Fund Board of Trustees and Communities in Schools Atlanta (CISA) Communications Committee, She is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 1989 (the best class ever!)

Jocelyn is the mother of two sons, the late Teo Gebre-Hiwet and Robert-Fassil Makonnen Gebre-Hiwet. Jocelyn is a NANA (grandmother) four times over; Jaquavious, Zania, Tewodros, and Robert Fassil Makonnen Gebre-Hiwet, Jr.

In 2007, Jocelyn tackled one of her biggest bucket list items ever, as an avid motorcyclist, riding her first 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 as a past Board member.

In retirement, Jocelyn has volunteered hundreds of hours with her current nonprofit organization affiliations including pro-bono video production services, producing and moderating webinars, a monthly hour-long current events interactive ZOOM PowerPoint presentation for senior residents in A.G. Rhodes nursing facilities and advice on visual storytelling and working with the media.