Donna joined 11Alive News in Atlanta in 1986
Donna joined 11Alive News in Atlanta in 1986. During her tenure she has covered the entire spectrum of news stories, and has won praise and honors, including Emmy awards, for her coverage of everything from child abuse and domestic violence to daycare and educational issues.
Donna's career in broadcast journalism began while attending Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she received a B.A. in Communications/Administration and Management. After a short stint in radio, she went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Journalism (M.S.J.) from Northwestern University near Chicago. Before joining WXIA-TV, Donna spent three years at WESH-TV in Orlando/Daytona Beach, Florida, and before that, two years at WEEK-TV in Peoria, Illinois.
She currently serves on the boards of The Sheltering Arms Child Care Centers and the Black Women Film Preservation Project. Her past commitments include serving on the boards of the Old National Christian Academy, Georgia School-Age Care Association, the West End Boys and Girls Clubs, and as an advisor to the Georgia Association of Family Daycare Providers. She is a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church.
Her professional/personal affiliations include memberships in the Education Writers Association (EWA), National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the Magnolia Chapter of Links, Inc., and the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ).
Donna and her husband, (Ret.) Maj. Bennet Reid, Jr. have three daughters, Lakisha (married to Gibson Sims), Nicole and Analla.
Donna Lowry is the state of Georgia's only full time Education Reporter. She created both the CLASSNOTES and award-winning CLASS ACT segments that are regular features on 11Alive News (WXIA is the NBC affiliate in Atlanta).