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Donna Terrell, News Anchor, ...
Donna Terrell, News Anchor, KLRT-TV FOX 16
By DONNA TERRELL
Everything Donna Terrell does ...
Everything Donna Terrell does is about telling stories and serving people.
When asked if she's the Donna Terrell from FOX16, of course the answer is yes, but waving her title on a banner isn't a thought, especially when there's chili to judge.
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When you see FOX16's Donna Terrell take her spot in the anchor chair every weeknight, she won't be wearing a hair net.
was approached regarding membership and was inducted in June 2009.
"Someone thought that maybe, just maybe, I would make a good Link," Terrell
says, "and because they believed in me, I have spent these last five years trying to do everything that I can to follow through on that belief."
and team donned the traditional lunch lady attire to serve guests healthy options, while also measuring BMI and giving away activity-promoting items like basketballs and jump ropes.
We just feel like it must be done," Terrell
"And if you go into some neighborhoods and you mention the Little Rock Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
, they know exactly who we are."
passion for community service may have been what initially got her
involved in the chapter, but she
soon learned that being a Link means much more than fulfilling a number of community service hours.
In 2011, Terrell
daughter Queah, 34, after a long battle with colon cancer, a devastating loss that her
fellow Links helped her
It's that same drive to serve that Terrell
often gives her
own time to.
career in broadcast involves somewhat of an expectation for work in the community, something that makes many groan, but that she
considers a perk.
Even in past cities, before her
life as a Link, Terrell
has made volunteer work a priority.
often finds herself going beyond expectations set by any establishment.
With this mindset, when the opportunity came along for her
to join the Little Rock chapter, it was "a no-brainer."
"I decided as a young adult that doing something for someone other than myself, other than my family, to help people in need was going to be important to me," she
Somewhere along the line, however, Terrell
became somewhat of a prominent public figure, though she
doesn't see herself as such, literally laughing at the idea.
It's not a rarity to get asked to be a part of various community service activities or emcee events or judge chili cook-offs.
Yes, she's a newsperson whose job is to tell the public about things.
used to being invited to events and met with disappointment at the lack of a television crew.
However, in true Link form, the prominence and the publicity are never her
"No, I'm the messenger.
That's all I am.
I just interview people of prominence," Terrell
"But if I am those other things, it's not because that's what I set out to do.
It is because I got into a business where I thought maybe I could do something good, or be good at this and end up helping people."
world, the community service, The Links
career: It's all seamless.
does is about telling stories and serving people.
When asked if she's
the Donna Terrell from FOX16
, of course the answer is yes, but waving her
title on a banner isn't a thought, especially when there's chili to judge.
But if Terrell
is stressed about it, it doesn't show.
focus is on balancing putting on a nice event with keeping the purpose of the event at the forefront, making sure their supporters have faith in the organization's ability to do good work.
When the event is over, no matter who was there or who is or isn't talking about it, the most important thing to Terrell
is that The Links
continue their mission.
has confidence that the story will be told, whether it be by a larger press vehicle or by word of mouth from the families they help.
It is simply the kind of need that doesn't go away or ever lose its weight.
But for now, there is work to be done and Terrell
is there to roll up her
sleeves, determined not to lose perspective.
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