Donna L. Cole is an Associated Press award-winning broadcast journalist with well over 20 years of experience as a journalist and photojournalist, as well as independent photographer. Her work has been used (in social media, media, marketing, reports) by the Associated Press, Peking University, the U.S. Navy, Siemens, Hospice of the Chesapeake, The Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Live Arts Maryland, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Key School, The Capital-Gazette newspapers, Patch (America Online) media, What’s Up magazine, Chesapeake Family magazine, Annapolis Lifestyle magazine, Sea Services Weekly newspaper, Annapolis Film Festival, Best Friends Animal Society, Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Class Acts Arts, SustainaFest, Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, Air Force Sergeants Magazine, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau and others.
Donna’s adventures have been many – whether on board 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 in Annapolis and beyond on the blog section of this website. Donna is a veteran of the U.S. Navy – she worked in secure communications. While in Naples, Italy, her commanding officer asked her to work on a command newspaper, where she began utilizing her photography and journalist skills for the U.S. Navy.
Donna started Annapolis Creative in the summer of 2014 to offer her expertise in visual and editorial story-telling services to others, with a specialty in social media. This came right after coordinating an extremely successful social media /media / PR project for a non-profit which took a group of 50 students and had them build a tiny house in 15 days. The project received global media attention.
Donna is currently working at WNAV in Annapolis. She is a news anchor, social media editor, photojournalist and host of the 1430 Connection, a weekly talk show.
Donna is a breast cancer survivor and often talks about a problem afflicting many, including her – mastectomy nerve damage, which can cause permanent, debilitating pain.
Donna enjoys time with her family – her husband, teenage daughter (who captured the photo used above) and two dogs, as well as wildlife photography and traveling. At age seven, Donna decided to she wanted to be a veterinarian. Or a journalist.