Doni Holloway

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Doni Holloway


Primary Function: Reporter
Email: donih@live.unc.edu
Hometown: Laurinburg, NC
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Year: Senior

Bio: Doni Holloway is an award-winning broadcast journalist from Laurinburg, N.C. His interest in journalism developed when he was six or seven years old. At that age, he edited his family newsletter. He wrote his first book when he was just 10 years old. Holloway recently completed his second summer at NBC Washington as an Emma Bowen fellow, interning at the network level in the political unit. While there, he reported on Hillary Clinton’s historic address at the NABJ/NAHJ convention.

Holloway has interviewed top thought leaders and newsmakers, including, Richard Blanco, President Obama’s second inaugural poet, Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, NASA’s Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, Father Paul Mueller, religious superior of the Jesuit community at the Vatican Observatory, and Jamie Smith, former Deputy White House Press Secretary & Special Assistant to President Obama. Other memorable interviews include, Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and Bob Dotson, former NBC TODAY show anchor.

In 2011, he won the national Teen Kids News reporter contest, in which America voted for the winner. In June of 2012, he was honored by the N.C. Department of Justice & Attorney General Roy Cooper for his video entry in the state’s first “Stop Rx Drug Abuse” PSA competition. His video submission, for which he conducted in-depth, investigative style research, placed in the top 10 from over 150 entries.

A defining moment occurred during his time as a National Youth Correspondent for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC). While attending WJMC, he auditioned and was selected to introduce the keynote speaker, Hoda Kotb, NBC TODAY show anchor, at the National Press Club.

Holloway is an alumnus of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, the Asian American Journalists Association’s JCamp, and the Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media. While attending the Chuck Stone program, consisting of 50 hours of multi-platform storytelling, Holloway was voted by his peers to receive the Chuck Stone Diversity Award. The honor is presented to the student who most embodies Stone, who was the founder of the National Association of Black Journalists.

He has reported across the country, including in Washington, D.C., Boston, M.A., and Orlando, F.L. He’s a member of the Carolina Millennial Scholars Program, the Carolina Association of Black Journalists, and the National Association of Black Journalists. Holloway graduated Magna Cum Laude from early college high school with an associate degree and currently studies at UNC.

Please feel free to reach out to him with story ideas, suggestions, comments, or good recipes!

Connect with Doni on social media @doniholloway and send your news tips to donih@live.unc.edu.