Donna Cheek hosts a monthly segment about animals on Issues and Ideas. Donna has long been an animal trainer and activist. She is an award-winning equestrian who made history when she became the first black rider to ever represent the United States in international competition. Her accomplishments led to an induction into the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, and as a teen she starred in an NBC made-for-television movie about her life. Donna was born in Philadelphia and raised on the Central Coast, where she began her lifelong career riding horses and competing with Hunter/Jumpers and received a degree in journalism from Cal Poly.