Donna L. Cole is an Associated Press award-winning broadcast journalist.
Donna’s adventures have been many – whether on Air Force One, in the field with Navy explosive specialists or aboard a Coast Guard tall ship. You can read about some of these amazing and memorable experiences on the blog section of this website.
Donna is a veteran of the U.S. Navy – she worked in secure communications. While working at a Navy facility on a NATO base (Headquarters Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy), Donna began utilizing her photography and journalism skills for the U.S. Navy. She also helped write speeches for high ranking Naval officers.
Prior to joining the staff at WNAV Radio, she was a prolific freelance journalist/photojournalist. Her work has appeared in military publications, online media entities, newspapers and magazines, the Washington Redskins, professional ballet companies, as well as other private companies and non-profits.
Donna is a breast cancer survivor. She often writes and speaks about a problem afflicting many, including her – mastectomy nerve damage, which can cause permanent, debilitating pain.
Donna enjoys time with her family – her husband, daughter (who captured the photo used above) and dogs, as well as wildlife photography and traveling.
One of the pinnacles of Donna’s career came in 2014 when she was recognized by The Washington Post as one of the leading squirrelographers (photographer of squirrels) in the Washington, D.C. area. Her photo appeared in the window of The Washington Post. More than likely, very few people people know about this recognition. As a side note, Donna also enjoys self-deprecating humor.
At age seven, Donna decided to she wanted to be a veterinarian. Or a journalist.