Donna Swajeski is an American writer known for her work on television soap operas. She has been a head writer, a co-head writer and a breakdown writer on award-winning daytime dramas for NBC Daytime, ABC Daytime and CBS Daytime. Before beginning her writing career on daytime dramas, she was Director of the East Coast Daytime Programs for NBC.
Awards and nominations
As co-head writer for Guiding Light, Swajeski and her team won the 2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing. The show was also recognized as the 2007 Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series. She is also a winner of a Writers Guild of America Award for best Daytime writing, also for Guiding Light. She is currently working with children at the Delaware Children's Theater. She is a director, producer and actress.
- (2007; Best Writing; Guiding Light)
- (1989; Best Writing; Another World)
- (1999, 2005 & 2008; Best Writing; Guiding Light)
- (2012; Best Writing; All My Children)
- (2005 season; Guiding Light)
- (1999 & 2007 seasons; Guiding Light)
- (2012 season; All My Children)
- Head writer: November 1988 - November 1992
- Script writer: September 24, 2009 - March 2010
- Associate head writer: 1999 - 2001, March 2004 - 2009
- Co-head writer: September 2003 - March 2004, 2005 - February 29, 2008, April 14, 2008 - August 21, 2008
- Screenwriter: 2001 - 2003
| De facto head writer of Another World during Writers Guild of America strike
April 1988 - September 1988
| Head writer of Another World
November 1988 - November 1992
| Co-Head writer of Guiding Light
with David Kreizman
September 2003 - August 21, 2008
Lorraine Broderick (interim)
| Co-Head writer of All My Children
with David Kreizman
May 12, 2010 – June 24, 2011
Swajeski lives in the utopian village of Arden, Delaware with her husband, radio talk show host Mike Opelka.
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