Donna Lowry is an award-winning journalist with a passion for storytelling. She currently serves as Capitol correspondent for GPB’s Lawmakers.
Donna spent nearly 30 years at WXIA-TV, 11Alive News, the NBC affiliate, where she created the acclaimed Class Act and Class Notes segments, which allowed her to honor hundreds of metro Atlanta teachers while giving her a unique view of education in action.
Most recently, she served as chief communications officer for Fulton County Schools. She also worked as director of communications for the Cobb County School District. Both managerial positions allowed her to continue spotlighting innovative, creative and exceptional news in education.
Her work has garnered her seven Emmys and three Gabriel Awards. She has also won prestigious honors for her work from the National Association of Black Journalists, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, Georgia Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). Her educational background in journalism began at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she received a degree in Mass Communications/Administration and Management.
After a short stint in radio at KQV in Pittsburgh, she obtained a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Her professional affiliations include the Atlanta Press Club, the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, the Atlanta Association of Media Women and the Southeastern Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS SE).
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Black Women Film Network, the Student Production Awards committee for NATAS SE, and the Marketing Committee for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Her previous board or advisory positions include the following non-profits: Sheltering Arms Child Care Early Learning and Family Centers; West End Boys and Girls Clubs; Old National Christian Academy; Save the Children; Georgia Association of Family Daycare Providers; the Statewide Belt Task Force; and, the Georgia School-Age Care Association.
Donna is in her tenth year as a Girl Scout Leader and has led troops of girls ranging in age from kindergarten through 12th grade. Her community service affiliations include the Magnolia Chapter of Links, Inc.; the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America; and, the Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Donna and her husband, Army Major (Ret) Bennet W. Reid, Jr., live in the City of South Fulton and are the parents of three daughters.