Elizabeth Donald has been a journalist for more than 25 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, mostly for daily newspapers before becoming a full-time freelancer in 2018.
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 accepted a teaching assistantship at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2018. She has completed 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. While completing that degree, she has begun coursework for a masters in fine arts with an emphasis in creative writing, with graduation anticipated in May 2023.
She serves as the president of the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists, and SIUE Sigma Tau Delta, freelances as a journalist, essayist, editor and photographer, and is also the author of several award-winning fiction novels. She manages the Literary Underworld author cooperative and the Eville Writers writing group. In her spare time, she has no spare time.