What qualities make Donna stand out in her field? It's her determination to find the most reliable, articulate sources, the latest research and eye-catching art (she has working relationships with talented photojournalists.) Donna eschews shortcuts and wrestles with every sentence to create an absorbing narrative. She asks subjects revealing, out-of-the box questions to satisfy her own curiosity--and that of her readers. And after 30 years in journalism, Donna still loves her work. A longtime member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, she can tackle any topic—raw food diets, senior housing developments, nonprofit reports and grants. But what she excels are delving into social justice issues, specifically animal welfare, mental health, poverty and criminal justice. Donna's work has appeared in: Texas Highways, Civil Eats, bp Magazine, The Progressive, CityLab, BBC Travel, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Lilith, The Chicago Tribune, Yes! Magazine and other national and regional publications. Editors at Narratively, an online magazine, selected Donna's story, a year-long project about a Rochester, NY, man who was shot multiple times by a police officer and then charged with attempted murder of that officer, as their top story of 2018.


 Some of her favorite assignments:

 

Hundred of horses roam free at Black Beauty Ranch animal sanctuary in Murchison, TX. Founded in 1979 by Cleveland Amory, the sanctuary is home to 40 species of neglected and homeless animals.

Children in Kolkata delight in seeing their photos for the first time. 

Police Policing Police

Jessenia Edgeston wasn’t feeling well the night Feb. 22, 2017, so she sent her husband, Ronnie, out for ginger ale and Pepto Bismol. “He left at 9 p.m. and never came back,” she says.


Bail Reform

Did you know that on any given day, about 1,000 men and women reside in Monroe County jails awaiting trial? And 46 percent of them were arrested on misdemeanor charges. 


Let Me Tell You a Story...

I’ve been writing for magazines, newspapers and nonprofits for 30 years. But this blog, like my website, is brand new. Here, I will be free to write whatever I want about animal welfare, health care, disability rights and social justice.