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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.

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  1. Officials Urge Fairfield County Residents To Complete Census For Vital Funding

    Officials Urge Fairfield County Residents To Complete Census For Vital Funding

    A poor response can cost municipalities millions in key federal dollars, which is why states and local officials have been ramping up public efforts around Fairfield County to urge residents to complete the 2020 Census. The campaigns also remind residents that there is still time to apply — note the April 1 (Census Day) deadline — for the 3,000 census jobs that pay $25 per hour in ...

  2. 19-Year-Old Running For Senate To Honor Slain Brother, Make Schools Safe, Address Mental Health

    19-Year-Old Running For Senate To Honor Slain Brother, Make Schools Safe, Address Mental Health

    Most college sophomores are planning spring break, but University of Connecticut sophomore JT Lewis spends his class-free time campaigning for the Connecticut state senate in the 28th district, which includes Easton, Fairfield, Lewis' hometown of Newtown, Weston and Westport.Lewis, whose platform is school safety, is challenging Tony Hwang (R), a third-term state senator in the primary. ...

  3. Around Fairfield Schools: Safe Grad Night, Teachers Shine, Dollar For Hats Helps Puerto Rico

    Around Fairfield Schools: Safe Grad Night, Teachers Shine, Dollar For Hats Helps Puerto Rico

    Adults feel helpless watching a calamitous earthquake rock Puerto Rico and seeing footage of how bushfires are burning millions of acres in Australia. Imagine how kids feel. One Ridgefield school came up with a fun way to support relief efforts in both countries earlier this month.The East Ridge Middle School Student Council raised $1,600 by collecting a dollar donation from ...

  4. Clergy Offered Emergency Preparedness Training In Fairfield County's Largest City

    Clergy Offered Emergency Preparedness Training In Fairfield County's Largest City

    Communities everywhere look to their houses of worship in times of disaster. Days after Hurricane Michael hit Florida's pan handle in October 2018, trained emergency volunteers from the statewide Florida Baptist Disaster Relief and Recovery Ministries partnered with churches in the affected communities to help recovery efforts. Connecticut religious groups plan to be ready for the ...

  5. Around Westchester Schools: Outstanding 20 Compete In Science, Art Draws Prestigious Attention

    Around Westchester Schools: Outstanding 20 Compete In Science, Art Draws Prestigious Attention

    Einstein gets credit for saying "Imagination will take you everywhere," but the phrase is perhaps best espoused by a pair of Bronxville High School art students, whose works drew prestigious favor recently.The seniors, Ruby Howell and Victoria Vigorito, won multiple awards at the regional Scholastic Art & Writing awards competition. Ruby won eight for her drawings and ...

  6. Maloney: FY 2021 Budget A 'No Go' For Hudson Valley Workers, Families, Seniors

    Maloney: FY 2021 Budget A 'No Go' For Hudson Valley Workers, Families, Seniors

    Cuts to students loan programs, wiping out the Students Loan Forgiveness Program and 8 percent less for the Department of Education has State Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney worried for "hard-working New York families."This week, the Democrat from Cold Spring detailed in a statement how President Trump's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal is a "no-go" for citizens of Hudson Valley.In it, ...

  7. 11-Year-Old Classical Pianist From Fairfield County Says Music Takes Him To 'Different World'

    11-Year-Old Classical Pianist From Fairfield County Says Music Takes Him To 'Different World'

    Beethoven. Chopin. Haydn. Mozart.  Eleven-year-old Fairfield County pianist Cary Wang of New Canaan has a musical repertoire so long that when you get to the end, you've forgotten where you started. Cary made his piano debut at the age of six with Claude Debussy's Le Petit Nègre at Carnegie Hall in December 2015 and hasn't looked back.  He's gone on to win first prize in ...

  8. Is 5 Too Young For Parents To Talk To Kids About Race? No. CURE Shows How

    Is 5 Too Young For Parents To Talk To Kids About Race? No. CURE Shows How

    How young is too young to talk about race? And is 15 too late? By kindergarten, children have already picked up attitudes about other races and ethnic groups. They're influenced by media and friends, but it's  parents who play a pivotal role in shaping these values. And many parents  just don't know how to start the conversation — or when. Thus, an organization in ...

  9. Fairfield County Town Seeks Public Input On Community Development Grant Funds

    Fairfield County Town Seeks Public Input On Community Development Grant Funds

    The Town of Fairfield is awaiting public input before it can develop a five-year plan on how to spend a nearly half-million dollar federal grant to address affordable housing.The Department of Community & Economic Development will hold the first of several scheduled workshops on Wednesday, Feb. 12 related to the Town’s continued participation in the federal Community Development ...

  10. Around Westchester Schools: Regeneron Scholar Idea To Help BP, Third-Grader Grows Giant Cabbage

    Around Westchester Schools: Regeneron Scholar Idea To Help BP, Third-Grader Grows Giant Cabbage

    A Westchester County third-grader won a contest for growing an eight-pound cabbage.Keric Roach of Springhurst Elementary School in Dobbs Ferry is the New York State winner in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Third Grade Cabbage Program which calls upon student to grow a colossal cabbage.He will receive a $1,000 savings bond towards his education for growing the large cabbage. Keric's ...

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