Donna Bell anchors our two hour morning news program, "News channel 7 Today," and "NewsChannel 7 at Noon." She has been with WJHG since 1994, and is a graduate of 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 F16 with the Air Force Thunderbirds, and from the front lines of numerous tropical storms and hurricanes. While working at WJHG, she was selected to travel through 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.
Donna is passionate about reporting on issues dealing with families and health. She serves on the board of the local American Cancer Society, and chaired the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in 2010, an event which was awarded most over-goal and largest growth of any walk of its kind in Florida. A story she wrote about her mom's battle against breast cancer was recently published in a book about female survivors. She also blogs on WJHG's "Mom's Everyday" site. Donna lives with her husband and two sons in Panama City Beach.