New writer joins University Times

Donovan Harrell, a native of Daytona Beach, Fla., joined the staff of the University Times this week as a full-time writer. 

Most recently, he worked as a digital and breaking news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. Before the Times, he covered national breaking news for McClatchy newspapers and the South Carolina congressional delegation for McClatchy DC.

He earned his degree in journalism in 2016 from Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, where he was an active contributor to student media. By the time he graduated, he held multiple leadership positions with The Famuan, such as editor-in-chief, and copy desk chief. He was also involved with Journey Magazine, FAMU TV20 and WANM 90.5.

While studying at FAMU, he interned with the Daytona Beach News-Journal, CBS News and Politico. He also participated in diversity and training workshops with the Chips Quinn Scholars program, the Politico Student Journalism Institute and the National Association of Black Journalist’s Student Multimedia Projects.

Harrell will be located in Forbes Pavilion. Reach him at or 412-383-9905.