NJ PBS Announces the Addition of Two Correspondents To Its NJ Spotlight News Team

Jenyne Donaldson and Melissa Rose Cooper will contribute to the network’s multiplatform, statewide reporting

April 26, 2021 – Newark, NJ – NJ PBS, New Jersey’s public television network, announced that its news division, NJ Spotlight News, is welcoming two new correspondents to its team this week.  Jenyne Donaldson and Melissa Rose Cooper will contribute to the newsroom’s on-air and online coverage beginning this week, reporting directly to Jamie Kraft, Senior Managing Editor of NJ Spotlight News.

“We are thrilled to have such talents as Jenyne and Melissa join the NJ Spotlight News team,” said Kraft. “Each brings with her multifaceted news reporting experience and a passion for covering different parts of the state; Melissa the North, Jenyne the South.  They will help us to further drill down into the issues affecting New Jerseyans all across the Garden State.”

Jenyne Donaldson

Jenyne Donaldson previously reported for WJZY in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was instrumental in making the 10 p.m. Newscast #1 in the market. Prior to that, she reported and anchored for WTVM in Columbus, Georgia, and also in Wichita Falls, Texas.  She considers this move to NJ Spotlight News a homecoming, as she started her career at KYW in Philadelphia – where her family still lives – covering local events like Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.



Melissa Rose Cooper

Melissa Rose Cooper is a reporter and multimedia journalist with over a decade of professional experience reporting, shooting and editing video, and producing daily newscasts. She has covered a variety of stories, from breaking news and crime to local issues. She also hosted her own weekly food segment for two years called, “Tasty Tuesdays,” featuring different eateries across New York.  Her career highlights include covering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 86th birthday celebration in her hometown of Brooklyn in 2019, and reporting personal accounts of New York area residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.


Donaldson and Cooper will contribute to the newsroom’s broadcast program, NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi, which airs weeknights at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on NJ PBS, and digitally on its website, NJSpotlightNews.org.

Major funding for NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi is provided by RWJBarnabas Health, NJM Insurance Group, New Jersey Education Association, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Orsted.


Jenyne Donaldson, NJ Spotlight News Correspondent

Melissa Rose Cooper, NJ Spotlight News Correspondent