Donnaruma, publisher and editor of the Post-Gazette, was
born to a tradition.
James V. Donnaruma, who was born in San
Valentino Torio, Salerno, her grandfather, founded the
publication in 1896. He remained at the helm until his
death in 1953 when the torch was picked up by Caesar L.
Donnaruma who was publisher and editor of the
Post-Gazette from 1953 to 1971, when he retired.
In 1971, Phyllis Donnaruma, his wife,
assumed control of the newspaper and carried on the
tradition until her death in October, 1990.
During the years that her father and
mother built the reputation and prestige of this
nationally recognized, weekly publication, Pamela
Donnaruma was at their side, learning the business,
"from the bottom up."
Imbued with the spirit of her
grandfather and her parents, Ms. Donnaruma has continued
to build the publication and has, at the same time, set
new goals and aspirations for the newspaper.
The Post-Gazette has always championed
the underdog. In the words of H. L. Mencken, the
Post-Gazette has "comforted the afflicted and afflicted
the comfortable." From its earliest days, the
Post-Gazette has been a voice for the Italian-American
community throughout the state and in many instances,
throughout the nation.
It is a mission, Ms. Donnaruma said,
that will continue. She has established a policy of
fairness and full coverage on issues which affect the
Post-Gazette readership, and has taken a position of
leadership through the pages of her newspaper to
champion causes which "define solutions rather than
restate the problem."
Ms. Donnaruma has a commitment to the
broadest community, a commitment to making this world a
better place in which to live by emphasizing a positive
point of view in her publication. It is that optimism,
reflected in the week-to-week reporting and commentary
in the pages of the Post-Gazette, that make this
publication truly unique, one that is open to both sides
of a controversy, but that has a point of view.
Educated at Somerville High School and
Bunker Hill Community College, Ms. Donnaruma has
continued to grow and learn in the publishing business.
Although her accomplishments are
considerable, she defers to her late parents and
grandfather, in the mission of the newspaper and becomes
reticent when conversation turns toward herself.
Ms. Donnaruma is the Editor of the
Massachusetts Sons of Italy newspaper, Second Vice
President of the National Italian-American Sports Hall
of Fame, a member of the STEP Board of Directors, and a
member of the Executive Public Relations Board of The
Shriners Burn Center.
She has been active in many professional
and social groups and has supported many political,
social and environmental concerns both personally and
through the pages of the Post-Gazette.