Emmy Award-winning reporter Donna Rossi joined CBS 5 news in September 1994. In that time, Donna has covered some of the most high profile stories in the valley and across the state.
Donna's experience as a 4 year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department gives her a keen sense of crime and court stories. She offered gavel to gavel coverage of the 1999 sleepwalking murder trial of Scott Falater, and the trial and conviction of retired Catholic Bishop Thomas O'Brien for a fatal hit and run accident.
Donna's reputation as a fair and accurate journalist has earned her the respect of her colleagues and community. Her talent as a reporter has earned her more than a dozen Arizona Associated Press awards and an Emmy statue. Donna previously worked as an anchor and reporter in Tucson and got her start in broadcast journalism in Flagstaff.
Donna is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. She currently is a mentor for a high school program sponsored by NATAS. Donna is a member of IFP/Phoenix, a non-profit organization of local film and documentary makers.
Donna was born in New York and moved to the Valley with her family when she was 9 years old. She is a graduate of Maryvale High School and attended Arizona State University. She graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University.
In her free time, Donna enjoys boating on Bartlett Lake, all forms of music and theatre. Donna frequently donates her time to speak to community organizations and emcee their events.
Donna also loves donating her time to youth organizations and groups who work to secure and safeguard human rights.