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Donna Christopher

Contributing Writer dchristopher@dailyvoice.com
Donna Christopher covers schools and lifestyles in New York and Connecticut for Daily Voice Plus. Before starting at Daily Voice, she served as a reporter for the New Canaan Advertiser (2017-2019), first for HAN Network and then for Hearst Media. She worked as a content curator at Daily Voice from 2015-2017, and as a reporter at VerdictSearch from 2013-2015; and was a staff writer at Hearst Media for The News-Times (2004-2013).

Donna has won four Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists awards. Donna has a B.A. in political science from Western Connecticut State University, and an A.A. in liberal arts from Norwalk Community College.

You can find more information about Donna in her MuckRack portfolio.

Donna Christopher's Contributions

  1. Stuck At Home: Addiction Experts Say Watch For Signs Of Alcohol, Drugs

    Stuck At Home: Addiction Experts Say Watch For Signs Of Alcohol, Drugs

    It may seem counterintuitive but teens and tweens at home, possibly even under the watchful eye of remotely working parents, could be using or abusing drugs and/or alcohol as much as before.Addiction experts and someone in recovery from drug addiction suggest moms and dads pay attention to the signs especially now when stress is at its height.Jade (not her real name), 33, of Fairfield ...

  2. Online Chess Popular In Pandemic. Here's Where Your Child Can Learn.

    Online Chess Popular In Pandemic. Here's Where Your Child Can Learn.

    Online chess has become so popular in this pandemic fetching the interest of budding young players so beginner lessons fill up quickly. One example is this week's beginner class offered to students at Toquam Elementary School Students."We have 20 students on the waiting list," said the president of the National Education Chess Association, Alex Eydelman,  instructor of the ...

  3. Fairfield County City Begins Testing For Nursing Home Workers

    Fairfield County City Begins Testing For Nursing Home Workers

    Stamford has arranged for testing of asymptomatic healthcare workers at nursing homes in the municipality, including Cassena Care, Edgehill Health Center, Long Ridge Post-Acute Care, St. Camillus Center and The Villa. Testing will be offered to assisted-care facilities across Stamford.“This testing is part of the City’s larger initiative to provide testing for essential workers on ...

  4. Around Farfield Schools: Yee Ha! Virtual Gym, COVID-19 Grading, High Schoolers Help With PPE

    Around Farfield Schools: Yee Ha! Virtual Gym, COVID-19 Grading, High Schoolers Help With PPE

    Yee Ha!  Nobody can sit still for the "Cotton Eyed Joe," especially when you see Fairfield County teachers do their lively version of the line dance in a virtual physical education workout video they made for their K to fifth-grade students to do at home.Northeast Elementary School physical education teachers Jim Bradley and Laurie Doyle Lubowitz created this dance workout video ...

  5. Around Fairfield County: Caravan Thanks Hospital Staff, Meals For Children, Volunteers Needed

    Around Fairfield County: Caravan Thanks Hospital Staff, Meals For Children, Volunteers Needed

    With a display of lights and sirens, first responders formed a parade to salute healthcare personnel, drawing mutual adoration from the staff at two major Fairfield hospitals to kick off this past weekend.Police, fire and ambulance crews, along with Mayor Joe Ganim, among other officials, joined a caravan of emergency vehicles Friday, April 17 in Bridgeport to drive past Yale-New ...

  6. Homeschool Lessons For Littlest Learners, New Daycare For Health Workers

    Homeschool Lessons For Littlest Learners, New Daycare For Health Workers

    Have you ever made a painting float? Take a look at the magic here on  Facebook, a fun post for some of Fairfield County's littlest learners, now home from a popular preschool. Jesse Lee Day School teacher demonstrates how to make a "floating painting" for preschoolers on the school's Facebook group page.Courtesy of Jesse Lee Day SchoolYou just need to draw a little ...

  7. Vatican's Opening of Holocaust-Era Papal Archives Could Better Catholic-Jewish Relations

    Vatican's Opening of Holocaust-Era Papal Archives Could Better Catholic-Jewish Relations

    A week before (COVID-19) dominated every headline, the Vatican announced it would open up the papal archives of the controversial Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII. Over 150 scholars of "all faiths and nationalities" applied for review of these secret documents covering Pius XII's papacy from 1939 to his death in 1958. Historians have been particularly interested in studying the ...

  8. Around Westchester Schools: Zoom In For College Admission Chat, Music Program Hits High Notes

    Around Westchester Schools: Zoom In For College Admission Chat, Music Program Hits High Notes

    What now? many high schoolers and parents must be wondering about the college admissions process. A panel of experts will have answers in a Zoom discussion this month.An organization that helps students be ready, enroll in and complete college, Yonkers Partners In Education (YPIE) will host The College Landscape in the Time of COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 28 at noon.Underserved ...

  9. Quarantine Dating Catching On With Westchester Developer's App

    Quarantine Dating Catching On With Westchester Developer's App

    Everyone, even the most outgoing singles, experience some awkwardness on first dates.Talking to a stranger has uneasy silences. And then there's the fumble for the check. Who pays? And what about now, when you cannot even meet in person? How do you date when everyone is living life in isolation?Filter Off may have an answer for that.The dating app launched a year ago by a Westchester ...

  10. High Percentage of Admitted COVID-19 Patients Leave Fairfield County Hospital

    High Percentage of Admitted COVID-19 Patients Leave Fairfield County Hospital

    With his ready demeanor and seated behind a desk, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim offered reassuring words to the public and called on the city's faith leaders to pray that evening in his Facebook Live broadcast Thursday, April 9.The mayor asked for "prayer and words of faith during a time that residents in our community are impacted by coronavirus. These are difficult and uncertain ...

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