MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - All of us here at WMC send heartfelt condolences to the family of our former colleague, Donna Davis.
Donna’s family confirms she died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon. A cause of death has not been released.
You welcomed Donna Davis into your homes for eight years as our friend served WMC Action News 5 as news anchor and reporter starting in 2000.
Donna was born and raised in Jackson, Tenn. and studied journalism at the University of Memphis where she graduated in 1991 Summa Cum Laude.
Starting out in radio when WMC AM had a news-talk format, Donna switched to TV news in the ’90s and found jobs in Fresno, California and Cleveland, Ohio before returning to Memphis in 2000.
Donna reflected on how the Civil Rights movement made her TV news career possible. One of the highlights of Donna’s career was interviewing Oprah when the National Civil Rights Museum honored her with a Freedom Award.
Special reports were her specialty, whether sampling fine cuisine or covering red carpet premieres.
Donna got the scoop on “Hustle and Flow” with writer/director Craig Brewer before the film premiered. After his Oscar win, she caught up with Three-6 Mafia’s Juicy J who promised her he’d clean up his lyrics for a hometown Memphis in May performance.
Donna interviewed the notables, but most days she shared the good works of the good people of Memphis and the Mid-South who welcomed her into their homes every weeknight for eight years.