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 9/17/23

The Braceville Community Foundation is launching a new project, PROJECT:RAILYARD, to stop Human Trafficking in our community, particularly Northeast Ohio. Taking the concept of the Historical Underground Railroad and Human Trafficking and showing similarities allows for the development of the elimination of crime. Braceville natives Atty. Randy Nye and Terrance Shavers discuss the cooperative outreach campaign to commemorate the Underground Railroad and the fight against modern-day Human Trafficking. An event will be held on Sunday, September 24, at the Eastwood Mall Event Center, featuring an evening with Daryl Davis, author of the book Klan-destine Relationships, of how he, a Black man, infiltrated the Klu Klux Klan.