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Life Coach, Dating & Relationship Coach, Television Expert, Columnist and Author of "It's All About You!" Donna Barnes is the one to watch… and learn from!
Donna is the on-air Life & Relationship Coach for ABC News' top rated magazine series "What Would You Do?". This is her third season with the popular “candid camera of ethics” hosted by Emmy winner John Quinones. Donna is also a contributor on Good Morning America and frequented Fox's Morning Show with Mike & Juliet. She has appeared on Fox News, dished on the Fuse documentary series 10 Great Reasons, and taught the girls how to "Rock at Love" on VH-1's Rock of Love Charm School hosted by Sharon Osbourne.
She's the author of e-book "It's All About You!: How to Use Your Power to get (and Keep) a Wonderful Man".
Donna has also been seen as the relationship coach to comedian Andy Kindler on Late Show with David Letterman. And contributed her opinion on FOX News’ Red Eye, CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, The Dr. Keith Ablow Show and NY1’s The Call. She supplied results from her self-produced relationship/dating quizzes on Sony’s syndicated daytime talk-show Life & Style. And she has appeared as a guest on several morning talk shows including NBC’s Today Show & Today in New York, NBC 5 News at 9 Chicago, AM Buffalo, Good Morning Arizona, AM Northwest and London’s GMTV. Her trained voice (commercial voice-overs and singing) has filled the air-waves of several call-in radio shows across the country, including Maxim/Sirius Radio’s Devore & Diana Show, New York’s WKTU morning show Baltazar & Goumba Johnny, and WABC’s Richard Bey Show.
Donna is also an expert for www.eHow.com & www.ExpertVillage.com
Growing up just outside Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love”, Donna became a hopeless romantic…utterly fascinated with dating and relationships. At age 18, a modeling agency moved her to New York City. She was thrilled to be in the heart of America’s biggest singles scene! In the dressing rooms of her modeling and acting bookings she listened with great intrigue to the other girl’s dating tales and disasters. Although personally, she was a serial monogamist (always had a boyfriend), she never managed to pick the “right” men. Then at age 30, the best thing that could have happened to her did. She had her heart badly broken. It was a first. And it gave her an epiphany! “If I was ever going to have a healthy relationship I needed to learn exactly what one was,” Barnes says. A girlfriend turned her on to self-help books, and she became a knowledge junkie! She refocused all her relationship curiosity into getting an education. Her turning point was when she came to realize the only way to have a healthy relationship was to first heal herself. She enlisted the help of a great therapist and started on the path towards a new career.
In 2001, Donna and her three close friends, affectionately known as The Barracudas, were recruited to star in a new reality television series about singles, aptly titled, To Live and Date in New York. In 2002, the show became a hit for Metro TV; then for WE: Women’s Entertainment as Single in the City; and for Bravo Canada and SKY Television all around the world as The Real Sex in the City. Episode by episode Donna attracted a following as she lovingly dished her relationship advice. The series re-airs on all the above networks at least once a year.
Metro TV watched Donna carefully, and along with the rest of New York, liked what they saw. They dubbed her the “Dating Expert” when they recruited her to co-host Naked New York with Bob Berkowitz, giving Donna the perfect platform to exercise her self-taught dating and relationship proficiency while interviewing some of the countries top sex and relationship experts. During its 205 episodes, Naked New York was Metro TV’s top-rated show, spawning Donna’s monthly relationship column in the start-up magazine New York Moves.
Shortly thereafter, Donna met a Life Coach at an audition. She knew immediately that was what she was meant to do. The next day she enrolled in the Personal and Life Coaching Certificate Program at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Naturally, her Coaching specialty is Dating and Relationships. Donna loves providing her clients with a positive approach to their life and liaisons. She also offers her advice in a weekly column for the syndicated paper The South Beach News. Now hailed as one of New York City’s top dating and relationship experts, Donna is the girl to call when in need of a helpful, healing and unique point of view.
Besides performing in front of the camera, Donna has become an accomplished Producer. To further help fellow daters she wrote, produced, and co-hosted a short called Up Your Dating Game for Current TV. It recently premiered at the Action On Film Festival in Long Beach, CA. Her first independent production was the Barracuda Yoga DVD and Video.
Donna resides on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She admits there is a shortage of truly happy couples in this world…their plight helps drive Donna’s strong intention to bring romantic bliss to the masses.
When asked what she will do next, Donna returns, “I'm writing a new column for women on www.RunningwithHeels.com”. Well, whatever she does, you can be sure of one thing, we will be watching!