Don, who grew up in Thomaston and Macon, received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, and a master's in business administration from Georgia College and State University.
In 1984, he joined the Telegraph as an intern in the advertising department. He spent eight years at The Telegraph before joining The Augusta Chronicle. He said when he left Macon that it was his dream to come back as Telegraph publisher. But first there would be the years working in a variety of management and leadership positions for Morris Communications in Augusta and Savannah. He was president of The Augusta Chronicle from 2004 until 2011. In January 2012 he moved to the Times, a Gannett property, in Shreveport, Louisiana as President, Publisher and CEO. He rejoined the Telegraph in April 2013 as President and Publisher.
Mark Zieman, McClatchy's vice president for operations, called Don "a talented and creative publisher and the best person for the job -- someone who knows the community and who can appreciate and celebrate the many things happening here."
He is invested in this community personally as well as professionally. His mother, sister and aunts all live in Middle Georgia. He and his wife Chelle, a Mercer graduate, have three children, two of whom were born in Macon. Their oldest some is married and living in Baxley, Ga. His daughter graduated from Georgia College and State University and his youngest son is a student at UGA.
Don was active in a number of charitable, nonprofit and civic boards in Shreveport, Augusta and Savannah. In Macon he is on the boards of the Georgia Press Association, Cherry Blossom Festival, Harriet Tubman Museum, United Way of Central Georgia, and a member of Rotary.