But she got the last word

Sharon Reed on Atlanta CBS

Sharon Reed on Atlanta CBS

"On December 5, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a [N-word]", Reed said.

Reed added that she doesn't think it's OK and instead of saying another word about Rae, made a decision to let the sender's words "speak for themselves".

"I would say to Kathy a couple of things", Reed begins.

While discussing how shifting racial demographics of Atlanta played a part in the recent Georgia city mayoral election, news anchor Sharon Reed stopped the live programme to discuss the email that had been sent in from viewer Kathy Rae.

During a #CBS46TalkBack segment, Reed read the viewer's email.

With the utmost professionalism, Reed debunked the original claim that she and her team, whose races range from white and Black, were somehow race-baiting. "Really, you are what I call a n*ggr not a Black person. you are a racist n*ggr. you are what's wrong with the world". "And that will be the last word".

The offending email came while the news team was reporting on the tight Atlanta mayor's run-off between Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is black, and Mary Norwood, who is white.

"When arguing with somebody you have to be careful not to mischaracterise their viewpoint, so I won't mischaracterise your view either, Kathy Rae". Quite the contrary; we think race is an authentic discussion to have ... it's one that's clearly entered Atlanta's mayor's race. "We keep it real here". You mischaracterize what I said.

Reed told Atlanta Black Star it was timing that led her to respond the way she did - right then and there during election night. And she decided it was appropriate to use the N word at that moment. We're talking race. She used it multiple times.

News anchor Sharon Reed responds on air to a viewer who calls her the N-word.

Reed has worked at CBS46 for more than two years and says that she and other black journalists are familiar with these types of critiques. What she said was not in a teleprompter.

Within minutes of receiving the racist note, Reed read Rae's email live on-air.

Kathie Rae emailed back, taking issue with Reed's implying she was stupid.

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