Jennifer Donelan joined ABC7/WJLA-TV in April 2006 and is thrilled to finally be home. Jennifer is a graduate of Robinson High School in Fairfax and returns after spending 10 years on the road pursuing her career.
Most recently, Jennifer was the Chicago-based correspondent for CBS NewsPath, the 24-hour affiliate news service of CBS News. There, Jennifer provided national coverage of such stories as the D.C. Sniper, the Michael Jackson and Kobe Bryant trials, the 2004 Presidential campaign, the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, and several major hurricanes, including Katrina. Internationally she covered the train bombings in Madrid, the death of Pope John Paul II, and the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Prior to joining CBS News, she was the lead crime reporter and fill-in anchor at WDIV-TV in Detroit. Before that, Jennifer was the 5pm co-anchor and general assignment reporter at WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she spearheaded a series of reports about the date-rape drug GHB, which led to the legislation of stricter state drug laws.
Jennifer is a 2001 recipient of a merit award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and was recognized as 1998’s "Outstanding Woman of the Year" by the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Jennifer is a 1996 graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Government.
Jennifer is always looking for stories to tell and invites you to share yours.
An MPD patrol car was torched in a Northwest D.C. neighborhood. Neighbors say there is no doubt the fire was intentional.
A manhunt is underway after a 69-year-old woman answered her front door, and ended up being dragged by her neck through her Northwest Washington home in a chokehold, before being tied up with a vacuum cord.
The Department of Public Works collected four dead pit bulls along I-295 in one week. Two more were collected by the Humane Society. Now officials are wondering if the dogs were hit by cars or if something more malicious happened.
The FBI is now getting involved in the investigation into a series of smash-and-grab robberies at jewelry stores around the Washington area.
Only four days after a man was found shot to death in a car a block away, three people were shot in the normally quiet Woodridge neighborhood. ABC7's Jennifer Donelan spoke to one victim about the moment a stranger shot him as he and two friends ran for their lives.