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 Master of Science in Organizational Communication and Leadership from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA.

As a community volunteer, Madonna is affiliated with many civic and volunteer organizations. 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, that airs 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

WFMJ Community Connection guests this week will be from the Cortland Rotary Club. Patrick Leper and Trisha Fatobene will join host Madonna Chism Pinkard to discuss the goals and objectives of the local organization and nationwide. They will also discuss their annual "Howl at the Moon Color Run," taking place at the Lakeview Middle School on Saturday, August 13, 2022. Next, Corey Hovance, the new generation leader of the City of Warren Italian Festival, will discuss the heritage of his grandfather founding the quarter-century event, taking place on courthouse Square on August 11-14, 2022. Krishmu Shipmon, director of Adult Protective Services with Mahoning County, will discuss the upcoming Senior Expo at the Covelli Center in downtown Youngstown from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. on August 23, 2022. The Senior Expo is funded by the Mahoning County Commissioners and is free to the public. All seniors are encouraged to attend. Miss Elainie, the Science Lady from the Gloria and Roger Jones OH WOW Center for Science and Technology, will show how children can prove the presence of a gas.