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Donna Battle Pierce is an award-winning food journalist. A former test kitchen director and assistant food editor for the Chicago Tribune, her syndicated column and freelance work have appeared in Ebony, NPR, Upscale Magazine, B.E.T and the Chicago Defender. In 2015 she was a Harvard Visiting Nieman Foundation Fellow. 

Pierce, who grew up in Columbia, graduated from Stephens College with a bachelor’s degree in communications and broadcast media. She lived in San Francisco and Los Angeles before returning to Columbia, where she was the features editor and food editor for the Columbia Tribune, a features editor at the Columbia Missourian and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. 

Her professional memberships include: the James Beard Foundation, International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), Association of Food Journalists (AFJ), Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), Les Dames d’Escoffier and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).