Madonna Chism Pinkard serves as Director of Community Relations for WFMJ/WBCB Television, Inc. Madonna is a Youngstown native, a product of the Youngstown City Schools, and a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Combined Sciences and a Master of Science in Organizational Communication and Leadership from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA.

Madonna is affiliated with many civic and volunteer organizations as a community volunteer. She is currently a member of the Trumbull County League of Women Voters, Greater Warren/Youngstown Urban League, and the Dress for Success Board of Directors. Her service to our community has garnered her several awards, including YWCA- Woman of the Year, JC Penney Golden Rule Award Winner, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Mahoning Valley Big Sister of the Year Award, The East Ohio Gas G. J. Tankersley Community Service Award, Western Reserve Public Relations Society Effective Communicator Award, Excellence in Minority Relations Award-NANBPWC and the Business and Professional Woman Award-BPW. Madonna is a member of the NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and is also a Licensed Optician with the State of Ohio.

Madonna coordinates all station community relations between WFMJ/WBCB Television, Inc. and our local communities in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, and Mercer counties. She also hosts a weekly half-hour show, Community Connection, on Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m. on 21 WFMJ and 11 a.m. on WBCB.

You can e-mail Madonna at [email protected].

This Week on Community Connection | Show Airing 5/28/23 

The Warren chapter of the American Association of University Women will celebrate its 100th anniversary on June 5, 2023, at Leo's Ristorante, Howland, at 5:30 p.m. Michele Warholic and Jennifer Soloman will join host Madonna Chism Pinkard to discuss the local chapter founded by Phebe Sutliff. The Sutliff Museum and home are a part of the Trumbull County history of women's rights, education, and literacy. Susan Krawchyk and Corbin Baker from the Mahoning County Veterans Commission will discuss the Memorial Day holiday and how deceased veterans are honored throughout the county. Raleigh Rupert and Sandy Smith Graves of the historical Donald Lockett VFW 6488 will discuss the history of the post, which is the first post founded for African American Veterans of Foreign Wars in the city. Miss Elainie creates a scientific OH WOW Moment by showing how the center of gravity is maintained and formed using common objects like a broom and paper.