Councilor Donna Reed
City Council President
Donna Reed has served as Council president since January 2023.
In November, she was elected to serve the final two years of the full term to which the late Jeff Waltman was elected in November 2021. In serving, she remembers the fine service of President Waltman and dedicates the remainder of this term to his memory.
Reed formerly served as Council's District 5 representative, a position to which she was elected six times, beginning in 2001. She has also served as Council vice president.
She is the City Council liaison to the BCTV board and Reading Planning Commission and serves as city representative on the Reading Area Transportation Study board, is a member of the Pagoda Foundation, and the GRCA Women2Women Council. Reed is a two-decades-plus member of the board of Crime Alert Berks County and previously served on both the Reading Planning Commission and the Reading Parking Authority.
She is a graduate of Muhlenberg Township High School and of The American University, Washington, DC, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with the dual major of political science and communication.
As a university student, she interned on Capitol Hill for a former Kentucky congressman and also for the Copley News Service assigned to the Congressional correspondent. She also spent one year with the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun as a copy girl.
She logged 23 years as a Reading Eagle reporter, editor, and columnist. After leaving the Eagle, she served as vice president/communications for the former Berks County Chamber of Commerce. She also served as assignment editor for the Berks Edition of Channel 69 News during a brief hiatus from Council.
She is a past editor of The Historical Review of Berks County. She now serves as a trustee of the Berks History Center/Historical Society of Berks County.
Reed has also served as an editor at The Ephrata Review and garnered two first-place Keystone Press Awards in that capacity. She continues as a free-lance writer contributing to Berks County Living magazine and other publications.
Reed has written for local, state, and national publications. Editor of the 2008 "Pagoda Centennial Tales," she is founder of the Pagoda Writers Group.
Her blog, "City Hall Revisited," appeared from 2010 through the first half of 2012 on www.readingeagle.com. Prior to rejoining City Council in January 2010, she also contributed articles to the then-fledgling BCTV.org news Web site.
She has also researched a biography of the late state Sen. Mike O'Pake.
Reed is married to Tom Knause, a retired Eagle news editor. Their son, Harry T.R. Knause, is a trainer/manager at a local gym. Grandson Hunter Thomas Knause was born to Harry and Samantha Robinson in December 2016 followed by his sister McKenna Skye Knause in March 2023. Their family resides in the 18th Ward.