Baton Rouge leaders remember longtime news anchor Donna Britt, who died Thursday

Longtime WAFB-TV anchor Donna Britt, one of Baton Rouge’s most beloved local celebrities, died Thursday morning after more than a three-year battle with ALS.

She was 62.

A native of Mississippi, Britt came to LSU in the 1970s and got her broadcasting start on local radio before being hired by WAFB, where she worked as a reporter and anchor from 1981 until her retirement in mid-2018.

“She was one of the kindest and most caring people I’ve ever known,” says WAFB news director Robb Hayes, who first met Britt when he was interning at the station and later became her colleague. “She was so patient and kind and it was a pleasure to be able to return to the station later in my career and work with her directly.”

Read on for remembrances from other local leaders on Britt’s passing from the Jan. 21 edition of Daily Report. To keep up with Baton Rouge business and politics, subscribe to the free Daily Report e-newsletter here.