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Donna Pitman Biography
Donna Pitman is an American Journalist. She is the co-anchor for “FirstNews” and her reporting can be seen during the KMBC 9 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. She started her reporting career on public radio at KBIA-FM in Columbia, Mo. Soon after, Donna started working at KOMU-TV in Columbia. She was a “one-woman” band shooting, reporting, writing and editing her stories. She spent nearly two-and-a-half years reporting and anchoring weekend newscasts at WHOI-TV in Peoria, IL. She went back to the Kansas City area to work at KMBC-TV.
Donna Pitman Age |Donna Pitman Birthday
Donna has not yet disclosed her year, month and date of birth so her age is still unknown.
Donna Pitman Family | Donna Pitman Parents
Donna grew up in Independence as the only child, her father died when she was only a baby. She grew up with her mother. “We have a very unique relationship because it was just the two of us. We are really close. She is my mom, my sister and my best friend” she said. She has no siblings.
Interested as a child, Donna knew she wanted to do something in journalism, whether producing, becoming a photographer or reporting. However, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, “media centers” and broadcast studios within the school setting were rare
Donna Pitman Education
After she graduated from Independence Christian School, which is now closed, she made her way over to the Fort Osage School District. As a sixth grader Donna attended Fort Osage Middle School. It was like two different worlds, Donna said.Graduating from Fort Osage High School in 1993, she did not have a hard decision about college the University of Missouri-Columbia.
At MU, she received some of her best training and education to gain a foothold in broadcast journalism. Once wanting to be a cameraperson and not a reporter, Donna became a “one woman show” shooting and editing her own footage. She said as a petite woman, she would have to stand with her feet braced apart just to accommodate the large camera equipment and battery pack slung around her waist.
Donna Pitman Husband | Donna Pitman Married
Donna is a happily married woman. She is married to her husband Cody. The couple has a son known as Gabriel .
Donna Pitman Baby
Donna is fighting for awareness after her son was diagnosed with a rare disorder – Pompe Disease. For her family, every three months means another visit to Children’s Mercy Hospital, and still another moment to wonder what’s next for her 20-month-old son. Looking at precious Gabriel, you’d never know something was wrong.
Days after Donna’s son Gabriel was born, he was diagnosed with a form of Pompe Disease. Gabriel has late-onset Pompe a life-threatening condition. The child lacks a certain enzyme that breaks down sugar or glycogen in his muscles. Overtime it will build – suffocating his muscles. That’s why every three months, Donna heads to Children’s Mercy for another blood test. Doctors keep looking for signs that Pompe is advancing in Gabriel’s system. If it is, an aggressive, cumbersome, and expensive treatment comes next.
Enzyme replacement therapy replaces the bad enzymes in their son’s body. And it’s not a cure. However, treatment won’t fix any muscle damage that’s already been done.
Gabriel is one of only 12 people in the world with the same genetic mutation. And it is why the family has traveled to Duke University for help. Duke is a leader in Pompe research. Aside from a cure, Donna and her family want to see more screenings for Pompe at birth.
Missouri is one of only eight states and the District of Columbia to do that, which means nobody knows how many cases of Pompe are truly out there. Kansas is one of the states that doesn’t screen for the disease.
Donna Pitman KMBC 9| Donna Pitman Kansas City
Donna spent nearly two-and-a-half years reporting and anchoring weekend newscasts at WHOI-TV in Peoria, IL. She went back to the Kansas City area to work at KMBC-TV. Donna is the co-anchor for “FirstNews” and her reporting can be seen during the KMBC 9 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
She has been recognized by The Kansas City Press Club for her work. Recently, she and photojournalist Tim Twyman earned a Silver Award for a report on a Vietnam Veteran whose rehabilitation ended up helping hundreds of others affected by war. The two were also nominated for an Emmy for the same story. Donna works at KMBC 9 along with Cody Holyoke, Rob Hughes Steven Albritton And Kelly Eckerman, Lara Moritz
Apart from her journalist career Donna is also a member of the Permanent Memorial Day Committee in Kansas City that recognizes veterans of all wars throughout the year. Donna also serves on an advisory board for Harmony, speaks at several fundraisers and schools throughout the year and is involved in activities to support the Truman Library, a gem in her hometown of Independence.
Donna Pitman Salary | Donna Pitman Net Worth
Donna is earning a huge amount from her job at KMBC as annual salary. However she has not yet disclosed the exact amount of her salary and her estimated net worth.
Donna Pitman Instagram
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