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Donald Franklin

Specializes in: Generalist with a special interest in Americana subjects for newspaper media distributed outside the State of Virginia and magazine media distributed generally. Capable of providing digital images photography for illustrating own stories and articles.

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Work has previously appeared: Newsletters, newspapers, and magazines including The Washington Post, Washington Star, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond LifeStyle magazine, Virginia Country magazine and other print media, and Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.

Donald Franklin began his career as a newscaster, announcer, and program director of his college radio station -- Campus Radio and WAVA Radio -- at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland. Va. During his collegiate junior year, he was the Saturday afternoon and evening announcer, newscaster, and music show host with WRNL AM/FM Radio in Richmond, Va. He was also on the air in similar capacities with WPIK Radio and WFAX Radio in the National Capital Area.
He moved into print media as the editor of Mineral Minutes, newsletter of the Mineralogical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC). The newsletter won first place, among similar newsletters, in a national newsletter contest under his editorship and art directorship.
He was selected to be the top editor, art director, chief news writer, and director of publications of Defense Transportation Journal (DTJ) with the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), then headquartered in Washington, D.C., closely associated with the Transportation Directorate, Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT). He was also the NDTA public information writer.
Subsequently, he was hired to create a print media magazine for the Wholesale Florists and Florist Suppliers of America (WF&FSA), then based in Arlington, Va., and served as the magazine's editor, art director, and chief writer. He also created publications for WF&FSA and wrote public information news.
He was selected to be the editor of Richmond LifeStyle magazine, a former general interest consumer magazine, in Richmond, Va., managing five editors, two staff writers, and 20 freelance writers.
Mr. Franklin also served five years as a trusted aid and administrative assistant at the exclusive Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, two blocks from The White House, Washington, D.C., where he interfaced daily with many of the nation's most distinguished, influential, and prominent persons including former and active members of the U.S. State Department and Cabinet, political appointees, active and former members of the U.S. Congress, business establishment, media, other VIPs, and members of the Washington Press Corps.
Stories and articles by Donald Franklin have appeared in U.S. newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, The Washington Star, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond LifeStyle magazine, Virginia Country magazine, and other print media.
He writes also for Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia on the Web, as a volunteer. He is researching for the authoring of several personal family books and is working to complete two print media entrepreneurial projects.
He resides in Roanoke, third largest city in Virginia, where he was born, prior to decades of residency in the National Capital Area.
He is a graduate of Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Va., and Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va., and has been a student at five other colleges and universities including The American University, Washington, D.C., and the University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, Md., where he was an advanced special graduate student.
His undergraduate academic major field of study was English composition and literature supplemented with fine arts coursework. Additional coursework has included print media and broadcast communications, art, education, and business management.
His major interests include American and British history; music; art; geography; historic preservation; and elite U.S. military units and ceremonial and pomp and circumstance events and activities in the National Capital Area.
Mr. Franklin first joined the Society of Professional Journalists in 1981 in Richmond, Va. where he took the SPJ journalist's oath.
Mr. Franklin attends Sunday morning church services via the Internet by watching and listening to live Webcasts from the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He has been a member, since 1985, of the Friends of the Marine Band ( "The President's Own") which is based at historic Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., oldest post of the U.S. Marine Corps. The fourth great grand nephew of the Kentucky pioneer Daniel Boone and the fifth great grand son of Daniel Boone's parents, Squire and Sarah (Morgan) Boon, Donald Franklin is also a member of The Boone Society.

Last updated: 10/18/2016 ()

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