Julie Donaldson

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Julie Donaldson
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Julie Anne Donaldson
1978 (age 35–36)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Title(s) Miss Florida USA 2001
Major
competition(s)
Miss USA 2001

Julie Anne Donaldson (born 1978) is a beauty queen from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida who won the Miss Florida USA pageant in 2001. She has also worked as a sportscaster on the New York City based network SportsNet New York, Boston, Massachusetts television station WHDH-TV 7 and as an anchor for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic network.[1] Donaldson is a graduate of the University of Florida.

Career[edit]

Donaldson won the Miss Florida USA title in the state pageant held in Orlando, FL in July 2000.[2] She had previously placed first runner-up to Kristin Ludecke in the previous year's pageant.[3] Donaldson competed in the Miss USA 2001 pageant won by Kandace Krueger of Texas, but did not place. In July 2001 she passed on her title to Shannon Ford.

In 2006, Donaldson joined SportsNet New York at the network's inception. She has made numerous reports from various sporting events covered by SNY, and hosts Mets Weekly, a weekly program recapping New York Mets games, trades, injuries, and other features. She just spent 2 years working for the network from 2006-2007.

Donaldson worked as a TV host for Miami Heat's Heat TV.[4] Prior to that, Donaldson went on to co-hostSports Rap on Fox Sports Net Florida. Donaldson has also co-hosted "Softball 360" on Fox Sports Net National, as well as on Information Television Network co-hosting the PBS series Healthy Body Healthy Mind.

In February 2008 Donaldson was hired as the Boston Red Sox New England Patriots Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins reporter and fill-in sports anchor for Boston NBC affiliate WHDH-TV 7. She left the job in December 2008 seeking "a fresh start in a new market" in the wake of significant publicity related to her being a victim of domestic assault.[1]

In June 2010, Donaldson was employed as a freelance reporter for Comcast SportsNet’s Mid-Atlantic network covering sports stories in the Washington, D.C. area, filling in for regular contributor Jill Sorenson while she was out on maternity leave.[1] Three months later (September 2010), Donaldson was promoted to anchor/reporter after Lisa Hillary left CSN Mid-Atlantic for its sister network in Philadelphia.

SportsNet Central, CSN's daily news program, premiered October 4, 2010. The then-new show replaced CSN's SportsNite and SportsDay, which were re-launched as the new entity. SportsNet Central airs daily at 6 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m., as well as multiple times each morning.

Chick Hernandez and then-network newcomer Julie Donaldson handled the 10 and 11 p.m. editions from October 2010-September 2013.[5] Donaldson is now paired with Michael Jenkins for the 10:30 p.m. editions of SportsNet Central.

Domestic assault[edit]

In July 2008, Donaldson testified in Boston Municipal Court hearing that she and two female guests had been assaulted at her apartment on June 27 by her then boyfriend Ivan Lattimore, a professional Slamball player for the Rumble.[6] Lattimore, who was arrested after the June 27 incident and charged with three counts of assault and battery and one count of indecent assault, was ordered to be held without bail until his trial in September.[7][8] Lattimore has a prior criminal record with at least two other domestic violence convictions.[9]

In September 2008, Lattimore plead guilty to the assault charges against him and was sentenced to serve a year in jail, with eligibility for parole after 90 days (Lattimore was given an 89-day credit for time served). In addition to his sentence, Lattimore will be on probation for five years and be required to undergo a batterer's treatment program.[10][11]

In January 2009, Lattimore was sentenced to another year behind bars for sending letters to Donaldson after his conviction, thus serving a total of two years in jail.[12]

In October 2009, Donaldson spoke out for the first time on her own terms about her own personal experience with domestic abuse. Taking part in both the 15th Annual Barbara Ann Campbell Memorial Breakfast for Hubbard House and the Take Back the Night Walk at the University of North Florida, Donaldson shared her message of hope. Donaldson returned to Ponte Vedra Beach after leaving the Boston news station in November of last year. She found refuge in her family and from Hubbard House in Jacksonville. "My biggest purpose [is that domestic violence] needs to be talked about," she said. "There is no stereotype [in domestic violence situations]. But you can get out. There is someone out there. You don’t have to pretend to be normal."

Donaldson has been working as a volunteer at the Hubbard House and said she is in the process of getting her life and career back on track.[13]

In June 2010 (as mentioned above), Donaldson relocated to Washington, D.C. to work as an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet's daily half-hour news program, SportsNite (now SportsNet Central).

"I lost everything," Donaldson said. And now, she said, she has it all back. Donaldson is a domestic abuse survivor. Last October, she spoke with The Recorder to publicly told her story for the first time. In 2007, "It's taken a support system that believed in my recovery and never pushed me to go further than I was ready [for]," she said.

Donaldson spent her year on the First Coast working with Hubbard House in Jacksonville counseling women and healing herself. "People don't need to look away [from domestic abuse]," she said. "This is a community issue." Donaldson said it took perseverance to get where she is today — happily working in her dream job in D.C.

"I kept going and kept trying," she said. "Every no was discouraging but I believed and I knew what I wanted. I'm anchoring [for SportsNite]. It's amazing." She said she left Ponte Vedra in June to freelance and was officially offered the position at Comcast in August. She is currently the vice chairwoman of the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence and plans to become active in the Washington D.C. community as well. "I want to take advantage of being in D.C.," she said. "I don't mind being a voice and a tool. Hopefully my story can help someone who can't."

She is excited about her new home and her new position. But most of all, Donaldson said she is thrilled to have her life back. "There is nothing I'm afraid of anymore," she said. "I'm so much more balanced."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jessica Heslam (2010-07-08). "Julie Donaldson has Comcast sports gig". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  2. ^ "Ponte Vedra Beach woman crowned Miss Florida USA". PolkOnline.com. 2000-07-16. Retrieved 2006-11-24.  (Google cache)
  3. ^ "Kristin Ludecke of Eustis Crowned Miss Florida USA 2000". Business Wire. 1999-07-10. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  4. ^ SportsNet New York's Sports News Team profiles. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
  5. ^ Dave Hughes (October 2010). "CSN Coverage is growing". Press Box. 
  6. ^ "Rumble Team Page". Rumble. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  7. ^ Mark Shanahan (2008-07-09). "Reporter says boyfriend attacked her: Tearfully details four violent episodes". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  8. ^ Jessica Heslam (2008-07-10). "Reporter’s beau back in jail: Three assaults alleged". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  9. ^ Mark Shanahan (2008-07-09). "Boyfriend of beaten sportscaster ordered jailed until trial". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  10. ^ Josh Reynolds (2008-09-26). "Man convicted in beating of sportscaster". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  11. ^ Franci R. Ellement (2008-09-27). "Man sentenced in beating of reporter". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  12. ^ Jessica Heslam (2009-01-22). "Jailhouse letters earn Ivan Latimore more jail". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  13. ^ Sara Kaufman (2009-10-09). "Power of One". Ponte Vedra Recorder. 
  14. ^ Sara Kaufman (2010-05-11). "Local domestic abuse survivor bounces back". Ponte Vedra Recorder. 

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Preceded by
Kristin Ludecke
Miss Florida USA
2001
Succeeded by
Shannon Ford