Donna Pierce

Contributing Editor, Skillet Diaries

Donna Pierce is a national award-winning food and travel journalist, Contributing Editor for Upscale Magazine and the former Assistant Food Editor and Test Kitchen Director for the Chicago Tribune. She grew up with deep roots in Mobile, Alabama, where her family lived for five generations before her parents moved to Missouri.

Donna lived in San Francisco and Los Angeles before a return to Missouri where she was an adjunct instructor and Food Editor for the University of Missouri Journalism School.

She has traveled to Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean exploring the roots of African American culinary traditions. She is a former board member of the Southern Foodways Association, a current board member of the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a member of the Association of Food Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the James Beard Foundation.

Pierce, a Chicago resident for a decade, is the founder of and She is working on the launch of The Skillet Project, a nonprofit organization uniting elders and children with the goal of healthy eating.