While still in high school, Donna Mikels Shea (1924-2018) was reporting for her hometown paper, the Leader-Tribune (now the Chronicle-Tribune) in Marion, Indiana, and stringing for the United Press (ultimately United Press International). With pluck and curiosity but without a college degree, she stormed the male bastion of the city room at the Indianapolis Times.
On her second day on the job, she earned a rare page 1 byline. She covered breaking news, federal and world leaders and celebrities. She served as a columnist and as an assistant city editor. She later carved out a distinguished career in public relations. She described printer’s ink as the most precious liquid because of its power to move public opinion. Video is a collaboration between the Hall of Fame with the Department of Telecommunications and Ball State University.
Videographers: Konnor Miller and Jake Thomas
Editor: Konnor Miller
Executive Producer: Linda Frances Negro
Co-producer: Phil Bremen
Copyright: Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, all rights reserved.
We are seeking to coordinate with students throughout the state to produce additional videos. We are accepting names of those we should interview and funding for the project.