Cobb County School District Communications Director Donna Lowry is heading to Fulton next month to serve as the county school district’s chief communications officer.

Lowry, who joined Cobb County in June 2016, worked 30 years as a television reporter covering metro Atlanta’s school systems for 11Alive before she retired from the news station in April 2016.

She was hired at a salary of $120,260.69.

In addition to serving as the district’s spokesperson, Lowry managed Cobb’s nine-person production team responsible for content for the district website, cable television station and magazine.

During her first year, she led Cobb’s communications department to win four international, national, and state awards in website design, publication excellence and video production, according to a Fulton Schools news release announcing her new role.

Lowry said she is “delighted” to join the new district.

“Education storytelling is my passion, and my work as an education reporter allowed me opportunities to showcase the innovative, creative, and exceptional things occurring every day inside schools,” she said. “But my work as a school district communications director gives me so much more reach to change the way the public views education and the way parents can be involved in their child’s school life.”

As a reporter, Lowry’s work earned seven Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and three Gabriel Awards, a recognition that honors excellence in film, network, cable television and radio. She also has been inducted into the NATAS Southeast Silver Circle and has received the Georgia School Boards Association’s Beacon Award, a recognition for journalists who have created an understanding of public education issues. She also has been named WXIA-TV/11Alive’s Employee of the Year.

She will join the Fulton County School District Sept. 12.

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