Pacific Palisadians gathered Sunday, March 3 on the Village Green to celebrate the achievements of lifetime resident Roberta Donohue, former publisher of the local newspaper, the Palisadian-Post.
Born in 1952 growing up in the Marquez Knolls neighborhood, Donohue attended Marquez Elementary School, Paul Revere Middle School and then Pali High. She graduated from Willis Business College in Santa Monica in 1972 and married her husband Richard Donohue in 1973, which was the first time Donohue moved from her childhood home in the Palisades. Since, the two raised their daughter Jennifer.
Donohue landed her job at the Post in the mid-1972 when it was owned by the Brown Brothers. The newspaper was later sold to the Small Newspaper Group in the early 80's. It remained in the same hands until 2012.
On Sunday, Donohue received a certificate from City Councilman Bill Rosendahl's Office, a "Pride of the Palisades" award from the Pacific Palisades Community Council and a lifetime achievement award from the Marquez Knolls Property Owners Assocation.
Donahue has been an active member of the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce for more than 30 years, including serving as president from 2000 to 2001. In 2006 the chamber honored Donohue with the Mort Farberow Best Business Person of the Year Award.
She's been noted for spearheading numerous landmark Palisades traditions, such as the Holiday Ho! Ho! Ho! and the Village Fair.
Read more about Donohue's achievements in this local blogpost.
Congratulations to Roberta Donohue!
(Clarifications and corrections were made to chronological aspects of Donohue's life. Patch apologizes for the error.)