Gov. Edwards: Donna Britt was ‘master of her craft’ and a ‘brave fighter’

Donna Britt served as one of the Salvation Army's bell ringers for their seasonal Red Kettle...
Donna Britt served as one of the Salvation Army's bell ringers for their seasonal Red Kettle Campaign.(WAFB)
Updated: Jan. 21, 2021 at 2:53 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has expressed his and First Lady Donna Edwards’ sadness in learning the news of the passing of longtime WAFB-TV anchor Donna Britt.

“She was a true master of her craft and a brave fighter in her courageous battle against ALS. She will be missed by the countless Louisianans she reached and informed,” Gov. Edwards tweeted Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Shauna Sanford, the Communications Director for Gov. John Bel Edwards and a former WAFB employee, also took to Twitter to tweet her condolences to Donna’s family.

“Donna was the absolute best, a bright light in the newsroom and such an encourager. She brought so much to the people and community she dearly loved and who dearly loved her. Please keep her family, friends and all those blessed to know her in your prayers,” Sanford said on Twitter.

Christina Stephens, a Baton Rouge native who works in the governor’s communications office, tweeted her thoughts after learning the news.

“I grew up in Baton Rouge with Donna Britt delivering the news to me every day. This is a huge loss for our community and I’m sending prayers and good vibes to her family and her huge network of friends and former colleagues,” Stephens said.

WAFB will air a commercial-free one hour special on the life and legacy of Donna Britt at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

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