Happy birthday, Jackie



Journalist, Jackie Schmillen, holds Donna Reed's Oscar

Jackie Schmillen (born January 25, 1980) - A 1998 Donna Reed Iowa Scholarship Recipient in Acting.

Jackie Schmillen is a host on the morning show CW Iowa LIVE on Des Moines local channel 23. She is a native of Cherokee, Ia, and received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami.


She has maintained a close relationship with The Donna Reed Foundation. In 2021 she helped kick off a year-long centennial celebration of the birth of Donna Reed with a special segment on her We Are Iowa television show. Watch the tribute.