Summary of Experience
For over 30 years, Donald has successfully written for a variety of media. He writes clearly and succinctly. He carefully selects his words for the desired audience, following the traditional canons of fine writing when appropriate, yet breaking the rules as necessary for more informal writing such as film or TV dialogue.
After college, Donald's first full time job was as a radio copywriter writing hundreds of commercials. His later experiences as a radio news writer, university professor and documentary filmmaker continue to inform his writing process. His storytelling has encompassed the subjects of history, politics, history, health care, education, science, travel, religion, and music.
Donald has significant breadth and depth in writing, but prefers to specialize in:
• video scripts (commercials, promotional programs, documentaries, corporate and training videos) • radio commercials • research • news • commentary • instruction manuals • white papers • product descriptions/reviews
Donald is a devoted reader and writer. His other interests include travel, filmmaking, still photography, and the history of manned spaceflight.
He has traveled to over 40 countries filming, consulting in communication, or for personal pleasure.
Kent State University
Rhetoric and Communication,
Donald earned a Ph.D. from Kent State University in the fields of rhetoric and communication. His studies included interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, organizational communication and statistics.
Donald's dissertation was a a factorial experimental study entitled "The Relationship between Lateral Eye Movements and Perception of Message Appeal and Persuasive Impact."
University of Akron
Donald earned an M.A.in Mass Media-Communication from the University of Akron. His studies there included film and television production.
His thesis was a descriptive analysis of the "Concerns of Noncommercial Radio Station Licensees in the Federal Communications Commission's Rulemaking Requiring Community Ascertainment."
University of Akron
History, Speech & Theatre, Secondary Education,
Donald earned an B.A.in Mass Media-Communication from the University of Akron. His studies there included history, speech & theatre, and secondary education.
Honors and Awards
Donald was the first recipient of the MOSAIC (Multicultural Opportunities to Strategically Actualize Intercultural Competence) Award. From the Anderson University website: "Donald...came to Anderson University in 1978. During his tenure he has traveled to more than 40 countries, providing consultation in the area of communications. He directed the award-winning documentary, A Ripple of Hope, which tells the powerful story of race relations, leadership, and the nonviolent impact in Indianapolis of boldly acknowledging the tragedy of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. His most recent trip was to Haiti to expose the weaknesses in Haiti’s infrastructure and to work with the Haitian people in improving communications through a nine-station network. "Over the years, He has impacted the lives of countless members of the community and his own students in following the truth in a story wherever it may lead and always respecting the people group with whom he is working. In this process of storytelling, He actively enlists his students, giving them 'real world' professional experience."
The Academy honored Donald with four nominations for Best Documentary, Best Television Commercial, Best Entertainment Program-Special, and Special Event Coverage. Donald won Emmy Awards for Best Documentary (producer, director, writer) and Special Event Coverage (producer).
Truly Moving Picture
The Heartland Film Festival honored Donald with the Truly Moving Picture Award for his documentary film "A Ripple of Hope." From Heartland's website: Films selected for the Truly Moving Picture Award promote positive change through the transformative power of film. Heartland believes that films are transformative because their artistic and technical quality draws the viewer in and allows them to fully experience whatever story the filmmakers are trying to tell. The story of every selected film will be one that has the power to impact the audience in a positive way. A film that aligns with Heartland’s mission will create some kind of positive change in the viewer, and can change the way they see the world. It could be the kind of change that inspires a viewer, or perhaps educates them. It could change their perspective or make them think about certain topics in new ways. The transformative power of a film is evidenced in the way its combination of image, sound and music engages, enthralls and entertains audiences. Transformative power is inherent in the film, and lies in elements such as the acting, directing and cinematography. A film with transformative power is creative, beautiful, original, artistic and truthful. A film with these technical and artistic elements, combined with an ability to make a positive impact on the person experiencing it, is one that aligns with Heartland’s mission.
Audience Choice Award (Documentary)
The Heartland Film Festival honored Donald with the Audience Choice Award for his documentary film "A Ripple of Hope." The award is given to the documentary film with the highest rating from attendees.
Hoosier Lens Award
The Indianapolis International Film Festival honored Donald with the Hoosier Lens Award for his documentary film "A Ripple of Hope."
A number of film festivals across the United States honored Donald by selecting his documentary film, "A Ripple of Hope" for inclusion in their film festivals between 2008 and 2010. These include the New Orleans, Ojai, Harvest Moon, Heartland, Durango, Memphis, Newport Beach and Indianapolis Film Festivals.
Multi-Platinum (Long Form Video)
The RIAA awarded Donald three Multi-Platinum Video Awards in the 1990s. These honored music videos he produced or directed each with a duration of 90 to 120 minutes. RIAA Awards are based on units sold.
Platinum (Long Form Video)
The RIAA awarded Donald twelve Platinum Video Awards in the 1990s. These honored music videos he produced or directed each with a duration of 90 to 120 minutes. RIAA Awards are based on units sold.
Gold (Long Form Video)
The RIAA awarded Donald seven Gold Video Awards in the 1990s. These honored music videos he produced or directed each with a duration of 90 to 120 minutes. RIAA Awards are based on units sold.
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences--Lower Great Lakes Chapter
Donald is a professional member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This is the organization which judges and presents Emmy awards. He has received two regional Emmy awards for producing and directing.