What qualities make Donna stand out in her field? 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 make it sing. And, like her heroine, Terry Gross (Fresh Air), she asks subjects revealing, out-of-the box questions to satisfy her own curiosity--and that of her readers. And after 27 years, Donna still loves her work.
Donna can tackle any topic—raw food diets, senior housing developments, nonprofit reports and grants but her specialties are animal welfare, mental health and social justice. For Donna, journalism is all about speaking for the voiceless and writing about those working for solutions to social ills. Her articles have appeared in: Texas Highways, CityLab, BBC Travel, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Lilith, The Chicago Tribune, Yes! Magazine and other national and regional publications.
Some of her favorite assignments:
A Hollywood film editor who gives photos to the poorest in Kolkata;
A single mom who waged a four-year fight to get her daughter’s service dog allowed in school;
People with bipolar disorder who generously shared how they learned to accept their diagnoses;
A family guy who delivers free doghouses to the poor so their pets won’t freeze to death;
College students with mental illness organizing to demand school administrators provide them the services they need to succeed, paving the way for those who come after.