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Donna Francavilla, President of Frankly Speaking Communications, L.L.C., and an award-winning CBS News freelance reporter and producer, national contributor on journalism subjects for the RTDNA's Communicator, and Edward R. Murrow judge, enjoys engaging with audiences.  Donna is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her contributions to journalism. (See Awards & Credentials, for more information.)

Donna Francavilla, named Alabama Media Professionals 2016 Communicator of Achievement, speaks at conferences and moderates panels. She is booked to appear at: "Y'all Connect 2017," where, in 2015, she was a featured speaker on how to write press releases.  Donna coached attendees about "How to Present Yourself" at the 2016 Fixin' to Write Communications Conference. Donna’s "How to Talk Your Book" session at the 2016 Alabama Writer's Conclave was a hit among the authors.

Donna addresses law school students on the subject of leadership and presentation styles at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (annually since 2008). Donna spoke about "Reporting in Communist Countries" at a special Alabama Media Professionals event last year. Donna moderated and produced a panel about "Covering natural disasters" for the Excellence in Journalism Conference (SPJ; RTDNA); and speaks locally at Rotary Clubs and non-profit organizations throughout the greater Birmingham area. 


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"Donna is a great reporter and writer, and a fabulous media trainer. Looking for somone who knows her stuff....delivers the've got it in Donna!"

Marcy McGinnis, Birmingham AL

Marcy McGinnis

Journalist, News Exec, Academic, Media Trainer

" Call Donna."  "It’s good to know that’s what we at CBS Radio can do when Alabama is where news of national interest is happening. She is versatile, fast, accurate, resourceful and always helpful on every kind of story. Tornado, hurricane, flood, politics, general news, feature-Donna can do it all. Whatever the assignment, Donna will deliver a story worth hearing." 

Arleen Lebe CBS Radio News producer.

Arleen Lebe

Radio News Producer at CBS News

"Working with Donna and Frankly Speaking Communications, LLC, over the past four years has revealed true innovation and creativity when it comes to communications and PR. Donna never ceases to amaze me with way she is able to integrate multiple media platforms to develop interesting and currently relevant PR and marketing campaigns. In addition, she takes advantage of every opportunity to “bring to light” her client’s best interest in the media while keeping it all under budget. The quality of her productions are some of the best in town, and there are very few who would say they have never heard her voice!

Lee John Bruno of United For Life Foundation, Birmingham, AL

Lee John Bruno

United For Life Foundation

"Donna is a critical practitioner of the electronic journalism profession, having demonstrated throughout her career the ability to tell a complete story with just the right combination of her words what we in the business call "natural sound." Her incredible talent and skill are matched only by the depth and breadth of her expertise. Anyone who takes advantage of Donna's advice, guidance or the actual practice of her abilities will be better off for it."

Dan Shelley, Senior Vice President, Digital Content Strategy iHeartMedia

Dan Shelley

Senior Vice President, Digital Content Strategy - iHeartMedia

"Donna has helped me with publicity regarding talks and reports about medical issues and research. She has been an exceptional consultant with excellent results. I recommend her highly for this and other positions in media."

Allen Cooper, Chief, Pulmonary Section at Birmingham VAMC

Allen Cooper, M.D.

Chief, Pulmonary Section at Birmingham VAMC
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