Donna Richardson Joyner was born May 13, 1957 and is from Silver Spring, Maryland where she graduated from Montgomery Blair High School and was Blair's first African-American homecoming queen. She went on to graduate from Hollins College with a degree in Health Education and Dance. She has now been a fitness guru for over 20 years, is a member of the National Fitness Hall of Fame and is the wife of celebrity radio host Tom Joyner.
Donna is a former National Aerobics Championship silver medalist and in 1992 she joined ESPN as co-host of the ESPN Fitness Pros show. With Nike’s endorsement, Donna co-starred in her first commercial fitness videotape, Platinum Buns of Steel and she currently, has the number one inspirational fitness video in the United States, titled, “Sweating in the Spirit”. The video has sold more than 1,000,000 copies.
Throughout Donna’s career she has lectured in 40 countries and has been the featured motivational speaker at such national tours as the Pantene Total You, God's Leading Ladies, and Sisters In The Spirit. She was also recognized by Essence magazine for being “one of 25 most inspiring women in America” in 2006.
Joyner was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on the 2010-2012 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. And in the meantime, she continues to lecture and produce fitness seminars around the world while serving as a fitness expert on the “NBC Weekend Today Show.”
Neat Facts: Richardson Joyner is in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating and leading the world's largest line dance, with over 50,000 participants at Megafest hosted by Bishop T. D. Jakes in Atlanta, Georgia. Also she resides in Dallas, Texas but despite this, she is an avid Washington Redskins fan