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Award Winning Reporter

Over the years, the quality of Francavilla's work has been recognized. Alabama Media Professionals named Francavilla their 2016 Communicator of Achievement (COA), the first COA selected since 2009. Francavilla was honored in 2015 as one of Birmingham's Top 50 Over 50. That same year,  the National Federation of Press Women for 6 straight years, judged her work the best in the nation. 

One year Francavilla did exceptionally well. She won the most communication awards in a state-wide contest by Alabama Media Professionals (12).

2017

  • 2017 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Honorable Mention presented to Donna Francavilla for  Radio and Television Advertising - Radio "FOSM 2016 60 Spot"
  • 2017 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - First Place - presented to Donna Francavilla for Prepared Radio - Radio
  • 2017 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - Second Place - presented to Donna Francavilla for Community, Institutional or Internal Relations "Feast of Saint Mark's Italian Festival"
  • 2017 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - Second Place - presented to Donna Francavilla for Website Edited or Managed by Entrant - Corporate or For-profit Website for Franky Speaking Communications LLC www.franklyspeakingcommunications.com
  • 2017 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - Third Place - presented to Donna Francavilla for On-the-scene Report - Radio "Super Tuesday Wrap"

2016 Awards and Recognitions

2016 National Federation of Press Women Awards Dinner, Wichita Kansas

Donna Francavilla, Founder of Frankly Speaking Communications, was honored at the National Federation of Press Women's annual conference, where she represented Alabama. Donna was one of about a dozen finalists nominated for the Communicator of Achievement Award.

2016

  • 2016 Communicator of Achievement, Awarded by Alabama Media Professionals presented to Donna Francavilla May, 2016
  • 2016 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Talk Show (Radio or Television) "Radio Talk Show Hosting"
  • 2016 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Interview (Radio or Television) "Charles Barkley with Donna Francavilla on the Richard Dixon Show"
  • 2016 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Special Programming - Radio "Confederate Flag Comes Down"
  • 2016 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Prepared Report - Radio "Brawl at City Hall"
  • 2016 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for On-the-Scene Report - Radio "Alabama BBQ"
  • 2016 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Third Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Radio and Television Advertising - Radio "BBQ at the Zoo"
  • 2016 National Federation of Press Women - National Award - First place presented to Donna Francavilla for Prepared Report - Radio "Brawl at City Hall"
  • 2016 National Federation of Press Women - National Award - First place presented to Donna Francavilla for Special Programming - Radio "Confederate Flag Comes Down"
  • 2016 National Federation of Press Women - National Award First place presented to Donna Francavilla for On-the-Scene Report - Radio "Alabama BBQ"
  • 2016 National Federation of Press WomenNational Award - First place presented to Donna Francavilla  for Talk Show Hosting
  • Donna Francavilla featured in 2016 Shelby County Reporter’s annual Profile Magazine, published in 2/2016 
  • Donna Francavilla featured in the January, 2016 edition of Greystone Living Magazine Business Beat - Meet Donna Francavilla

2015 Awards and Recognitions

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2015

  • 2015 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National AwardThird Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Prepared Report - Radio 
  • 2015 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for On-the-scene Report - Television 
  • 2015 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National Award - Second Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Prepared Report - Television
  • 2015 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award -  Honorable Mention presented to Donna Francavilla for  On-The-Scene Report - Radio "The Canonization of the Popes"
  • 2015 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Prepared Report - Radio "Will Ice and Snow Affect Birmingham?"
  • 2015 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Prepared Report - Television "Vet Protests"
  • 2015 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award -First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for On-The-Scene Report - Television "Birmingham Dome Stadium"
  • Donna Francavilla named 2015 Positive Maturity’s "Top 50 Over 50,”
  • Donna Francavilla featured in July 2015 B-Metro Magazine
  • Donna Francavilla named in a 2015 Birmingham Business Journal article
  • Donna Francavilla featured in September’s 2015 280 Living in an article by Erica Techo
  • Donna Francavilla featured in a 2015 article in the  Shelby County Reporter
  • Frankly Speaking Communications LLC, founded by Donna Francavilla was nominated for the 2015 Small Business of the Year 
  • Francavilla was awarded the opportunity to cover Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia for CBS Radio News and for the Alabama Power News Center.  

2014 Awards and Recognitions

2014

  • 2014 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National AwardFirst Place - presented to Donna Francavilla - Podcasts
  • 2014 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National Award - Second Place - presented to Donna Francavilla - Special Programming 
  • 2014 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National Award - Second Place - presented to Donna Francavilla - On-the-Scene Report (news, features, sports) - Radio
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - Honorable Mention  presented to Donna Francavilla for Web site Editied or Managed By Entrant - "Chique Wigs - A New Business"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - Honorable Mention  presented to Donna Francavilla for Videos for Website, Corporate or For-Profit - "Wig Party"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - Sweepstakes Award  presented to Donna Francavilla for "Highest Scoring Entrant"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Special Programming - Radio "Fifty Years Forward Commemorative Events"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for On-The-Scene Report  - Television "CDKL5 Rare Genetic Disorder"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Prepared Report  - Television "Blanton"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Special Programming  - Television "10-15-13 Immigration Rally"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Web & Social Media, Podcasts - "Congressional Medal"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Editorial/Opinion, Online Publication - "Warning-Blacks Be Careful When Moving To Birmingham"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for On-The-Scene-Report - Radio "50th Anniversary of the 16th Street Church Bombing"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Second Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Writing for the Web -  "Chique Wigs About Us"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Second Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Continuing Coverage or Unfolding News -  "Walker County Fire Cry Out For Help"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Second Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Interview - Radio or Television "USPS Plane Crash Update"
  • 2014 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Fourth Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Radio & Television Advertising - Radio "Italian Food Festival PSA"

2013 Awards and Recognitions

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  • 2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National Award - First Place - On-the-Scene Report (news, features, sports) - Radio
  • 2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National Award - Second Place - Prepared Report (news, features, sports, or opinion) - Radio"  
  • 2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National Award - Third Place -  News story - Online Publication
  • 2013 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Sweepstake Award presented to Donna Francavilla 
  • 2013 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Continuing coverage or unfolding news - Presidential Campaigning in Deep South for Agence France-Presse
  • 2013 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for News Story - Online Publication "Tornadoes whirl across US state, leave two dead" for Agence France-Presse
  • 2013 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for On-The-Scene Report - Radio "Tornado","Auburn Shootings" & "Romney Wrap" for CBS Radio News
  • 2013 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Second Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Audiovisuals  "Leadership Shelby County " for LeadershipShelbyCounty.com
  • 2013 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Second Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Radio & TV  Advertising - Radio "Saint Mark Food Festival" & "Saint Mark Sinatra 60" for Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church (on Cox Radio)

2012 Awards and Recognitions

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2012

  • 2012 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National AwardFirst Place - On-the-Scene Report (news, features, sports) - Radio
  • 2012 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National Award -Second Place -Prepared Report (news, investigative, feature or sports) - Radio
  • 2012 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National Award- Second Place - Best Presentation (anchor, sportscaster or play-by-play sports reporter) 
  • 2012 National Federation of Press Women Communications Award - National Award - Honorable Mention - Audiovisuals - Still illustration or multi-image slides
  • 2012 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award -  presented to Donna Francavilla for "sweepstakes Runner-up"
  • 2012 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Audiovisuals - Still Illustration or Multi-Image Slides "Devastation and Faith in Alabama"
  • 2012 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Best Presentation - Radio "Volunteer Wrap"
  • 2012 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for On-The-Scene Spot Report - Radio "Clean Up"
  • 2012 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - First Place presented to Donna Francavilla for Prepared Report - Radio "Storm Wrap"
  • 2012 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Third Place presented to Donna Francavilla for News Article Written Specifically for the Web "Radio, TV Stations Show Unparalleled Commitment While Covering Alabama Tornadoes"
  • 2012 Alabama Media Professionals Communications Contest Award - State Award - Third Place presented to Donna Francavilla for "Personal Column On The Air" or Critic's Review - Radio "CBS Radio Reporter's Notebook"

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