Donna Rice Hughes, President and Chairman of Enough Is Enough® (EIE), is an internationally known Internet safety expert, author, and speaker. As a respected leader of national efforts to protect children online, Donna has championed EIE's mission to make the Internet safer for children and families since 1994. Under her leadership and vision, EIE created the Internet Safety 101SM program with the U.S. Department of Justice and other partners. She is also the executive producer, host, and instructor of the Internet Safety 101SM DVD series, the cornerstone element of the 101SM program.
Donna is frequently sought out by educators, policy makers, law enforcement officials, and industry leaders for her Internet safety expertise, and she has been a featured guest and Internet safety expert on leading national broadcasts including Dateline, The Today Show, The O'Reilly Factor, Oprah and 20/20. Donna has given more than 3,500 media interviews and has been a regular commentator on Internet safety issues on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Her views and editorials have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, People magazine, and McCall's magazine. Donna was described as "one of the leaders in the fight against pornography aimed at children" by Oprah Winfrey, and applauded as a pioneer on Internet safety, "helping all of us build a medium we can be proud of," by Steve Case, founder of America Online.
She co-wrote the story for the May 2000 season finale episode of Touched By An Angel that brought the message of Internet dangers and online safety to prime time television and won the Nielsen ratings for its time slot during the May sweeps period. Her book, Kids Online: Protecting Your Children In Cyberspace (Revell, September 1998), was heralded worldwide and has been translated into Spanish and Korean.
Donna has spoken extensively on the subject of Internet safety in educational and professional forums nationwide, offering her expert advice to parents, legislators, law enforcement officials, and industry leaders on ways to protect vulnerable children. Donna has testified numerous times before the United States Congress on Internet dangers and safety solutions. Her seminar at the Department of Justice's Federal Prosecutors' Obscenity Symposium was applauded as a "highlight" of the 2002 meeting by Andrew Oosterbaan, chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, where Donna served as the Department's only non-lawyer/non-law enforcement instructor.
Donna was appointed by Senator Trent Lott to serve on the Child Online Protection Act (COPA, 1998) Commission and served as co-chair of the COPA Hearings on filtering/ratings/labeling technologies. She also serves on various Internet safety advisory boards and task forces including the 2006 Virginia Attorney General's Youth Internet Safety Task Force and the 2008 Internet Safety Technical Task Force, formed with MySpace and the U.S. Attorneys General.
Donna has received numerous awards including the National Law Center for Children and Families Annual Appreciation Award, and the "Protector of Children Award" and Media Impact Award from the National Abstinence Clearinghouse.
Donna received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is married to Jack Hughes and has two grown step-children, Sean and Mindy, and a grandson, Alexander Briggs.