Freelance Journalist

Elizabeth Donald has been a reporter for daily newspapers for more than 20 years. In that time she has covered nearly every beat, with an emphasis on city and county government, crime and courts, features, business profiles, education and watchdog investigation.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Donald is a frequent guest lecturer on the practical applications of journalism ethics and the changing nature of newspapers in the 21st century. She was an initial recipient of the Terry Harper Fellowship and has won multiple awards for journalism and fiction writing. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ national ethics commission, and was on the team that rewrote the SPJ Ethics Code in 2014.

Elizabeth reported for daily newspapers for 21 years, ending in 2018 when she accepted a teaching assistantship at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is currently pursuing a masters in media studies, with a research emphasis on the practical applications of journalism ethics and the depictions of journalists in television and film in the light of ethical behavior.

She currently serves as the president of the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists, and is also the author of several award-winning fiction novels. In her spare time, she has no spare time.

To read some of Elizabeth’s more recent nonfiction work, check out her online portfolio at Contently. She will begin accepting freelance reporting work as of Aug. 1. References can be provided upon request.