Donnell Probst, Deputy Director

Donnell Probst is the Deputy Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education and a faculty associate at Arizona State University teaching Digital Media Literacy I.

A former homeschool educator, photographer, and community college librarian, Donnell has supported NAMLE’s mission in various roles since 2014. As both a volunteer and staff member, she has developed and delivered trainings, classroom guides, and presentations for educators, corporate employees, and journalists. She has helped lead two national conferences, U.S. Media Literacy Week, and the National Media Literacy Alliance, and contributes to organizational management and strategic development, personnel management, communications, outreach, and the general administration of the organization.

As the parent of a person with a disability, Donnell worked as a special education advocate and parent educator throughout eastern Missouri for the better part of a decade. As a graduate of Missouri’s Developmental Disabilities Council Partners in Policymaking program, Donnell served as staff, volunteer, or advisor to various state and regional organizations, including the St. Louis Special School District and Missouri’s Parent Training Information Center.

Donnell holds a B.A. in Media Studies from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Donnell now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, Tim, their three children, and their beagle, Bogart T. Higginbotham.