Donna Hopkins, a 1983 graduate of Fairmont State, was honored with the Outstanding Alumna Award in 2014 by the Fairmont State Alumni Association. She attended college on scholarships in both basketball and track, and she earned Radio & Television Communication and Regents of Arts degrees while maintaining her scholarships. After college, she moved to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area where she currently resides.
Hopkins is a co-host and sports reporter for the Pro Football Plus television show covering the Washington Redskins on Mid-Atlantic Sports Net (MASN). She is also a host and analyst on CTV NFL Sideline Report during the NFL season. Hopkins has worked as a radio producer, talk show host and DJ. Additionally, she spent time as a staff writer, writing weekly human-interest stories and sports features; produced and wrote feature stories on local sports personalities; and also contributed to stories for the Afro Newspaper.
Hopkins works for National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In 1997 and again in 1999, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2000, she started the Hopkins Breast Cancer Inc. Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to aid in the treatment and related costs for disadvantaged breast cancer patients who reside in the Washington Metropolitan area. Each year, the Foundation hosts a basketball tournament to raise money for breast cancer survivors. From 2000-2004, she served as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society to educate, increase awareness of breast cancer prevention and early detection and survival for women. In 2001, Sears, the WNBA, the Washington Mystics and National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations selected her as the Local Breast Health Hero. In 2011, Hopkins was selected by Under Armour as one of three breast cancer survivors to represent the brand in their Power in Pink national campaign.
Hopkins is an accomplished competitive athlete. She played basketball for several years with both the Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Military base teams and currently competes regularly on Walter Reed Navy Medical Center Wheelchair basketball team. She also competes in rowing for Medstar NRH Paralympic Sports Club. She served as a board member for the Breast Cancer Care Foundation from 2000-2005.
A West Virginia native, Hopkins is the eighth of 10 children born to the late Irving and Nazimova Hopkins. She is a member of the Temple of Healing Waters, COGIC, where she is a missionary, and served as the audio and sound department for several years. She is very active in her local community, where she volunteers her time to various community initiatives such as the Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation.