Donna Bell

News Director/Anchor

Connect With Me

donna.bell@wjhg.com

 

Donna Bell is the News Director at NewsChannel 7 and Local 18 News. She also anchors "NewsChannel 7 at 11 a.m."

Donna was promoted to the News Director’s role in February 2014 and anchored “NewsChannel 7 Today” for 13 years. She started her Broadcasting career at WJHG in June 1994, after graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications.

Donna has reported on a wide range of stories and news events while at WJHG. She's covered several U.S. Presidential visits to Northwest Florida. She traveled to San Diego to follow a Panama City soldier injured in Iraq through his rehabilitation. She has reported from the cockpit of an F-16 with the Air Force Thunderbirds, and from the front lines of numerous tropical storms and hurricanes, including Hurricanes Opal and Ivan, which severely damaged the area.

While working at WJHG, she was selected to travel across Europe in a special German-American journalist exchange program, learning about politics and policies overseas. Donna currently serves on the Advisory Board for the UF College of Journalism, where she mentors future journalists. She has also been named several times in the Best of Bay Favorite Media Personality category, and is the recipient of a Hearst Broadcast News award, and several Associated Press awards. In her twenty years at WJHG, she has “done it all,” anchoring and reporting on almost every shift, and even working as weather anchor for several years.

Donna is also very active in the community. She volunteers on the board of the local American Cancer Society, and has served as past chair and honorary chair of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Under her leadership, MSABC was an event awarded most over-goal and largest growth of any walk of its kind in Florida. After losing her mom to breast cancer in 2013, she has become even more passionate in raising awareness about cancer screenings and prevention. She was awarded with the American Cancer Society’s Hope Award for her volunteer efforts in fighting cancer in Northwest Florida.

Donna can frequently be seen speaking at local events, ranging from women’s leadership groups to local churches and schools. When she’s not at work, Donna enjoys spending time with her husband and their two sons. Together they love traveling, skiing, baseball, and cheering on the Florida Gators!


Live Doppler Radar

NBC News Headlines

Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether it or the FBI infiltrated his campaign for political purposes.

Company in Cuba plane crash had received serious safety complaints

The plane was barred from Guyanese airspace after authorities discovered that its crew had been allowing dangerous overloading of luggage on flights.

Congo begins Ebola vaccinations with 4,000 doses shipped

The World Health Organization said on Friday that the disease had killed 25 people since early April.

U.S. and China putting trade war 'on hold,' Mnuchin says

"Right now, we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework," Mnuchin said Sunday.

Venezuela's Maduro favored to win second term amid severe crisis

The presidential election comes during a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.