The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s area of Mass Communications will host Mass Communications Week March 28, 30, and 31 in the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building.
Workshops, seminars and speakers are scheduled in the areas of television, radio, and print as well as public relations and graduate school. Industry professionals and guests will be on hand to enlighten, inspire and motivate current and aspiring students. All UAPB students are invited to attend Mass Communications Week.
Donna Terrell of FOX16 News will be the keynote speaker Wednesday, March 30, 1:30 p.m. in the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Auditorium. The public is invited to attend this portion of the week’s events.
An Anchor for FOX16 News at 5:30 and 9 p.m., Terrell joined FOX16 in February of 2004. Donna comes to Little Rock from Detroit, Michigan, where she served as Anchor for WKBD-TV and WWJ-TV. The UPN Nightside News at 10PM, which she anchored, was voted “Best of Detroit” by the Detroit Free Press. Before moving to Detroit, Donna worked at WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio where she anchored the weekday Morning and Noon newscasts. She also held positions as Medical Reporter and Weekend Anchor. In addition, Donna spent time reporting and anchoring in newsrooms in South Bend, Indiana and Battle Creek, Michigan.
Throughout her broadcast career, Donna has been honored with several awards. Most recently Donna earned the National American Legion Fourth Estate Award for her special reports on Grieving a Child. In addition, she won an Associated Press Award for the same reports. She has also garnered two Emmy Awards for her work bringing light to cosmetic surgery and breast cancer issues. She has been nominated for many other Emmy Awards including a nomination for a story she did involving Arkansas’ Little Rock 9, a story she covered on her daughter’s battle with colon cancer and for her work as an Anchor. She has also earned Associated Press Awards for her story on her daughter’s battle with colon cancer and for a Special Assignment she covered on the controversial patients’ right to die issue. In 2012, Donna was awarded an Emmy Award for On Camera Talent-Anchor News.
Donna also had the opportunity to cover several major events including a portion of Nelson Mandela’s tour of the United States after his release from a South African prison. And she still gets excited when she talks about her work with the FOX16 sports department covering Arkansas’ Jermain Taylor’s World Middleweight Championship fights in Las Vegas and Memphis.
Donna is fully committed to community service. She has been actively involved in several charities around Central Arkansas, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. Donna has served as an Ambassador for the American Cancer Society. She also works closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and co-hosts the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon. She has volunteered for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and other organizations that promote the health and well-being of children.
She is most proud of her work in Ohio helping to increase public awareness about breast cancer and encouraging women to take precautionary measures including monthly self-exams. Donna now heads up a program for FOX16 called the Breast Self Exam (BSE) reminder where she personally writes an email each month to viewers encouraging women to do their BSE.
Donna has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University. She is a member of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Little Rock Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Donna believes it is the job of the journalist to enlighten viewers and provide them with a window to their community and to the world.
Donna enjoys traveling, reading, movies, running and weight lifting. She loves the Central Arkansas community. Donna enjoys making appearances at events around the community. She tells everyone Arkansas is one of the most beautiful states in the country and the Little Rock area is a well-kept secret. The people of Central Arkansas have made her feel right at home.
For more information, contact the area of Mass Communications at 870.575.8431.