Donna L. Cole is an Associated Press award-winning broadcast journalist, currently working at WNAV in Annapolis. She’s a multimedia reporter and hosts the 1430 Connection, a weekly interview show. Coincidentally or maybe not, Donna decided at age seven she wanted to be a journalist. Or a veterinarian. This explains why Donna is unofficially known as the WNAV’s chief animal correspondent.
Donna’s adventures have been many – whether aboard Air Force One, in the field with Navy explosive specialists or on a Coast Guard tall ship. You can read about some of these amazing and memorable experiences in the words 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, Donna was a prolific freelance journalist/photojournalist for many years. Her work has been used by the U.S. Navy, Sea Services Weekly (Washington Navy Yard), Sergeants Magazine (Air Force Sergeants Association), The Capital Gazette newspaper, Chesapeake Family magazines and America Online (Patch). Her work has also been used by the Washington Redskins, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Siemens, the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the Annapolis Police Department, as well as other private companies and non-profits. Annapolis Creative was created as a provider of editorial, photography and social media services. The professional work Donna is most proud of came in the summer of 2018, when she broke international news about a banned pesticide killing bald eagles. This is an ongoing story.
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.