Elizabeth Donatelli, Director of the National Journalism Center

After a lengthy career in television news, Elizabeth Donatelli joined Young America’s Foundation’s team as director of the National Journalism Center.

The Washington, D.C.-native attended the University of Southern California where she graduated with a broadcast journalism degree from the Annenberg School of Communications and minor in critical approaches to leadership. As a student, she interned at ABC News, MSNBC, and Torrance CitiCABLE. Her first job out of college was at 2004 GOP Convention in New York City where she coordinated and scheduled high-profile guests and entertainers.

In 2005, Elizabeth started her broadcast career at WCAV/WVAW/WAHU in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she spent two years as a reporter while also shooting and editing her own stories. Elizabeth produced and anchored the launch of the station’s noon newscast and reported on both the night and morning shifts.

In 2007, Elizabeth headed to WAVE in Louisville, Kentucky, just in time for the Kentucky Derby. She spent three of her five years in the Bluegrass State covering the General Assembly in Frankfort. Elizabeth routinely sparred with other veteran reporters on KET’s Comment on Kentucky, a roundtable for journalists. She also covered the highly publicized rise of Tea Party star, Senator Rand Paul, for which she as awarded honors from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. While in Louisville, she was nominated for five Emmys.

Her career took her to Las Vegas, Nevada, to cover the 2012 Presidential race. While in Nevada, she spent two years at KSNV where she was nominated for four Emmys.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth served as a popular guest lecturer for the National Journalism Center, sharing her insights about broadcast journalism with young people from around the country. Elizabeth has also appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NBC’s Nightly News, and the Weather Channel, among other networks.

After ten years in the news industry, Elizabeth transitioned her storytelling skills as the senior producer at Insight Visual Media, where she wrote, shot, edited, and produced YoungWild on the Sportsman Channel.

In 2014, she began her own video production company, Seven Shots Productions, which creates videos for companies, nonprofits, and unscripted television shows. Elizabeth has recently traveled to Uganda for a project documenting the building of schools in rural areas.

In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys travelling and has turned that passion into a successful travel website and YouTube channel. She has also enjoys soccer, which she has coached and played soccer since her youth.

Young America’s Foundation is honored to have Elizabeth join our team and help educate the next generation of truth-seeking journalists.

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