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.

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. Interested in hiring Elizabeth for a nonfiction project? Email her at!