In the seven months since Sharon Reed left the CBS-46 newsroom, she’s continued to live life on her terms and even appeared on a cable television show, “Ambitions,” on OWN, with the drama’s star, Robin Givens. At her core, she remains and is true to who she is: a caring and passionate journalist. As the calendar flipped from 2019 to 2020, Reed stopped by our offices to share what’s new in her world.

“Just because you leave one chapter, which was my choice and that’s what I wanted to do: bet on myself, get out there and pivot,” says Reed. “But it’s still who I am: I’m still curious, I’ve done interviews with newsmakers and it’s in my blood, and I love it.” 

While she remains coy on whether she wants to do more acting, Reed admits her cameo role on Ambitions, a multi-generational family saga centered around fictional political power players in the city of Atlanta, was an absolute thrill!

“It’s such a juicy drama and I’m addicted to it! In the first episode I was in, I was opposite Robin Givens and my heart was beating out of my chest because she’s the queen. I didn’t want to mess up. Yes, I played a reporter getting the exclusive. It was just fun! The cast is just the best! These folks were just wonderful, kind, beautiful, and it was a lot of fun!” Mega-producer Will Packer is behind the drama, along with co-creator Jamey Giddens.

“We had such a great time with Sharon,” said Giddens. “She’s a natural, and not just because we cast her as a reporter. She really connected with Robin Givens and Erica Page in her scenes, giving us some of our juiciest moments for season one of Ambitions.

Reed remains passionate about politics and has been closely following national and regional races. On Dec. 4, Georgia governor Brian Kemp announced he would name Kelly Loeffler as the replacement for retiring Senator Johnny Isakson, effectively spurning the overtures President Donald Trump made as he endorsed U.S. Representative Doug Collins. While Loeffler serves out the fourth year of Isakson’s six-year term, the state’s other Senator, David Perdue, will be running for re-election, creating a rare moment: Georgia’s two Senate seats will be up for grabs in 2020.

As of Sept. 30, Perdue reported $6 million in cash on hand — before a November fundraiser headlined by President Trump. His two best-funded Democratic rivals, Teresa Tomlinson and Jon Ossoff had raised $932,981 and $1,343,503, respectively, as of Sept. 30. Loeffler, described by Governor Kemp as a business executive “outsider” in the mold of Perdue, has announced herself ready to spend $20 million of her own money to retain her seat. Coupled with down-ballot wins by state Democrats in 2018, the Gold Dome is sixteen seats away from turning blue in the state’s House of Representatives.

“The easy name is Stacey Abrams,” Reed says when asked about who would challenge Loeffler and Perdue for their U.S. Senate seats this year. “But she’s made it clear she’s not going to do that. I tried to straddle the fence when I was a local news anchor. But boy, she excites me and so many other people obviously. Excitement is the key. Senator Isakson is out, but we need to be excited enough to go wait in line, early vote and drive turnout in these angry and trying times.

“I don’t know if somebody who tried their hand and didn’t do it before, would do it for me. There might be somebody out there that we haven’t even thought about who’s going to jump in. I’ll be watching very closely and seeing how the candidates will measure up. These are the best times if you love politics! Whether it’s at the presidential level, anything can happen. I think if we get our voter fraud issues together and truly interested in getting everyone counted, anything happens!”

Reed also discussed her time as a sports reporter in Cleveland. Would a return to sports would be in the cards?

“I never say never. Early on in my career, I was so regimented,” explained Reed. “I said I was going to do this, then do that ..in all phases of my life. I’d be open to anything … almost! But at this stage in my career, I want to do something that matters. I always have passion, that won’t change. But I really want to spend my days producing content, staying curious about the subject matter that I enjoy!

“I was a former college athlete…not a great one, but I was.  But what I loved about sports reporting wasn’t about the Xs and Os, but the stories and the people behind the stories ..inside the locker room! Even when I wasn’t a sideline reporter, I prided myself on breaking stories and not going with the team line or the PR representation. I think many people see it as “news” and “sports” (are separate) but I don’t see it that way. They’re stories … and people! That’s the thing that makes people stand up, pay attention and take notice.”

No matter if it’s acting, hard news, sports, or being a devoted mother to her eight-year-old daughter, Ava, Reed’s passion for news, sports, and pop culture continues to course through her veins. She will continue to pursue her interests with the passion that catapulted her into a star and promises to keep her fans updated every step of the way.

Sharon Reed poses for a photograph inside the Atlanta Voice offices on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Photo by: The Atlanta Voice/Trarell Torrence)

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