In the 1940s and ‘50s, Donna Mikels Shea was one of the few female journalists in the state to win national awards and recognition. She reported for the Indianapolis Times and was one of the first female assistant city editors in the Scripps-Howard chain. In 1954, she helped create the CASPER Awards as a way of honoring the news media for exemplary stories about human needs. She has lobbied print and broadcast media to cover more effectively racial segregation, health and special needs issues, public housing and social justice concerns.
Shea is a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Read her full bio.