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Donna Reed

District 5


Donna Reed is now in her fifth term as the District 5 representative on Reading City Council, having been elected in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017.

She was Council vice president from 2015 through January 2018.  Though the years, she has served on a number of Council committees, chairing the former marketing and holiday planning committees and co-chairing the finance committee.  She now serves as Council representative to the Reading Area Transportation Study (RATS) and is Council liaison to BCTV.  In the past, she was liaison to the DID and to the former Main Street Board.

The terms were interrupted when Reed left Council in late 2006 to accept the position of assignment editor at Channel 69 News/Berks Edition.  She returned to private industry which enabled her to re-enter public life.  

Reed is a life-long resident of Greater Reading.  She is a 1971 graduate of Muhlenberg Township High School.  She received bachelor of arts degrees in communications and political science in 1975 from The American University in Washington, DC.

Reed spent 23 years as a reporter, columnist and editor at Reading Eagle Company, resigning to enter public service.  She also worked briefly at the former Lutheran Services Northeast and as coordinator for the award-winning and nationally recognized Berks Complete Count Committee Census 2000.  From 2000 through 2005, Reed served as vice president-communications for the former Berks County Chamber of Commerce.  Following her time with Channel 69 News, she joined the staff of Strategic Reports Inc., Mount Penn.  She subsequently served as editor of the Historical Review of Berks County, public relations coordinator for the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department, and, prior to her retirement in September 2017, was Cocalico editor of the weekly Ephrata Review.

Reed is also a free-lance writer, having contributed articles to Berks County Living, the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities Reporter, the Historical Review of Berks County, the RiverPlace 2005, 2006 and 2007 annual reports, the former BCTV Hub news Web site, the Lehigh Valley Business Journal(formerly theEastern Pennsylvania Business Journal), The Berks BarristerThe Greater Reading Chamber Commerce QuarterlyLNP, and the Muhlenberg Township 150th Anniversary/History Book in 2001. She also taught a writing course at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading.

Reed has been involved in a number of community organizations over the past decade.  She is currently an advisory board member of Crime Alert Berks County, having previously served as board secretary. 

Her service to the City of Reading includes time as a member of the Reading Planning Commission, the Reading Parking Authority, the Blighted Property Review Committee, the Reading Weed and Seed Program (AID and Steering committees), Reading Beautification Inc., the Initiative for a Competitive Greater Reading, the Pagoda Centennial Committee, Riverfest committee, the Comprehensive Plan 2000 Task Force, the Reading Zoning Ordinance Review Committee in 2001, the former Penn Corridor Initiative, the Berks Complete Count Committee Census 2010, and the Centre Park Historic District Board of Directors.

Reed was appointed to the Pagoda Task Force in 2008 and is now a member of its successor organization, the Foundation for the Reading Pagoda.  In 2008, she edited an all-volunteer book entitled “Pagoda Centennial Tales,” a community-driven endeavor.  More than 120 individuals contributed personal stories, poems, drawings and photos of the Pagoda.  All proceeds from the book are directed to the Pagoda Pennies Fund which Reed co-founded in 2004. 

Reed is married to Tom Knause, a retired Reading Eagle Company editor.  Their son, Harry T.R. Knause, is a manager at a Bern Township-based business. He and Samantha Robinson are the proud parents of the totally adorable Hunter Knause.  The family resides in Centre Park. 

Reed dedicates her Council role to her late father, Charles A. Reed, who served two full terms as a commissioner in Muhlenberg Township.  She promised to match his time in public service and is sincerely grateful the voters of District 5 have enabled her to keep -- and exceed -- that vow.