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Joann Donnellan

JD MEDIA, LLC, President

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Public Relations and Communications
  1. President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors,
  2. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,
  3. America's Most Wanted
  1. Radford University
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– Present (7 years 3 months)

JD MEDIA, LLC, is a media and public relations consulting business in Washington, DC. This boutique firm is founded by Joann Donnellan, a media relations specialist with 20 years experience in television, non-profit organizations and public affairs. JD MEDIA specializes in media relations strategy and outreach, cause marketing, multi-media advocacy campaigns and special events.

Client work includes: Department of Energy - National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Ad Council, Bipartisan Policy Center, University of Miami, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Brookings Institution, UNAIDS, Enough Project, Malaria No More, National Academies of Practice, the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program and Home Front Communications.

“Joann is a true professional. She is very tenacious and has a unique ability to relate to reporters and producers to get media coverage. Time and again, I am impressed with her ability to deliver. If you want results, you want Joann on your team.”
Senator Bob Dole

"Joann is creative and innovative. She knows what the media needs, how to provide it, and she understands the importance of shaping a story. Joann is passionate about what she does and it shows."
Donna E. Shalala
President, University of Miami

Joann is a consummate professional with a great heart. She was a great help to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I'm glad to see she is continuing to use her talents to help others. As Chief Technology Officer for NCMEC I found it a privilege to work with her.
Rick Minicucci

Traveling Press Secretary

President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors
(5 months)

Created on March 6, 2007 by President George Bush, the nine-member Commission, co-chaired by former U.S. Senator Robert J. Dole and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala, was tasked with completing a comprehensive review of the military’s healthcare system by the end of July. After eight public meetings, 23 site visits to military and VA centers across the nation, 50 briefings by medical experts and agency officials and the completion of a first-of-its-kind survey of injured service members, the commission approved six recommendations that make sweeping changes in the delivery of military health care and services.

The Commission also created a “YouTube” video of its recommendations which features Commissioners Jose Ramos, Marc Giammatteo, and Tammy Edwards. Ramos and Giammatteo were both wounded in Iraq, as was Tammy’s husband, Chris Edwards. The video can be viewed at

Director of Media Relations and Spokesperson

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
(7 years)

Segment Producer

America's Most Wanted
(4 years)

Assignment Editor/Producer

NY1 News
(2 years)

Assignment Editor

FOX Television
(2 years)

Assignment Editor

(less than a year)

Associate Producer

King World Productions
(2 years)

Associate Producer

United States Information Agency (USIA)
(2 years)

Public Affairs Assistant

Voice of America
(1 year)


Lipstick & Liquor: Secrets in the Suburbs(Link)

– Present

Independent documentary. A Cold Winter's Day. A Mystery Unfolds. Lipstick & Liquor explores the secret in the suburbs and confronts the stigma surrounding women who drink. A growing number of women are abusing alcohol. DUI arrests of women are up 30% from a decade ago, while arrests for men are down. Binge drinking among women is also on the rise. Lipstick & Liquor includes expert commentary from researchers, addiction specialists and authors who shed light on the conditions impacting the increase in alcohol use and abuse among American women.

Team members:


  • Crisis Communications
  • Speech Writing
  • Strategic Communications
  • Media Relations
  • Press Releases
  • Social Media
  • Public Relations
  • Non-profits
  • Public Affairs
  • Editing
  • Community Outreach
  • Event Management
  • Advertising
  • Television
  • Corporate Communications
  • Video
  • Blogging
  • Newsletters
  • Marketing Communications
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Networking
  • New Media
  • Nonprofits
  • Crisis Management
  • Publicity
  • Spokesperson
  • Journalism
  • Internal Communications
  • Message Development
  • Copywriting
  • Content Strategy
  • Web Content
  • Content Development
  • Reputation Management
  • Publications
  • Communications Planning
  • News Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • AP Style
  • Broadcast
  • Storytelling
  • Radio
  • Multimedia
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Video Production
  • Feature Articles
  • Digital Media
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Radford University

BA, Communications

Activities and Societies: 2002 to Present: President's Advisory Council, Radford University; Alpha Sigma Alpha

Honors & Awards

2009 - Graduation Speaker: St. Joseph's Catholic School
2008 - PR News PR People Awards - Honorable Mention - Media Relations Professional of the Year
2007 - Outstanding Achievement Award - Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense
2006 - Spring Commencement Speaker: Radford University, Radford, Virginia
2004 - Telly Award: "20 Years of Progress" - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
2004 - Telly Award: "AMBER Alert Training Video" - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
2002 - The Communicator Crystal Award of Excellence for Video Production
2002 - Outstanding Alumna Award: Radford University
1999 - Federal Bureau of Investigation Award for Producing the "Missing Children" segments on "America's Most Wanted"
1998 - Winter Commencement Speaker: Radford University

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