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Local court reporter honored with Frank G. Tayloe Award

March 14, 2014

VIENNA, Va., March 14, 2014--The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and captioners, today announced that Donna L. Linton, RMR, CCR, CLR, from Ashburn, Va., was recently honored with the Frank G. Tayloe Award by the Virginia Court Reporters Association (VCRA). The award is given annually to a member of VCRA in recognition of their dedication and long service to the court reporting profession.


Linton, who has been a court reporter for more than 30 years, was recognized for her involvement with NCRA, VCRA, and the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA), including service on the state association’s Legislative, Nomination, and Bylaws committees, and as its president from 2001 to 2002.  Linton was also recognized for the time she donates to court reporting schools, and for continuously exhibiting exemplary standards and services to the courts and to the justice system.


“Donna was an invaluable member of VCRA’s Bylaws Committee, reading, reviewing, and offering ongoing suggestions in revising the bylaws and the policies and procedures manual,” said Carol M. Tayloe, RMR, CMRS, CRR, owner of Tayloe Associations, Inc., in Norfolk, Va., who presented the award to Linton during VCRA’s recent convention held in McLean, Va.


“I personally had the honor of working with her on the Legislative Committee, as well, and she was an asset, always prepared and always ready to give valuable input.”


The award recognizes the life and contributions made by its late namesake, Frank G. Tayloe, a court reporter and firm owner who dedicated vast amounts of time to supporting and promoting the court reporting career through service at the state and national levels including on NCRA’s board of directors and support of the National Court Reporters Foundation, and VCRA.


“I was completely surprised to receive this award and it is just an honor,” said Linton, a native of Queens, N.Y.


“When I first moved to Virginia in 1994, Frank was so welcoming and knowledgeable about the profession and Virginia, and listening to how involved he was made me want to jump right in and get involved as well. It has been what has kept me motivated to want to keep helping. It hit me hard when we lost Frank, so receiving this award in memory of him hits me to the core of my heart, and I really thank VCRA for thinking me worthy,” she added.


Linton’s career has provided her the opportunities to work as a court reporter in her home state as well as, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Florida. She is a graduate of Herkimer Community College in New York, and holds an associate’s degree. She also holds the nationally recognized certifications of Registered Merit Reporter (RMR), Certified Court Reporter (CCR), and Certified Live Reporter (CLR). She is also a past recipient of VCRA’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award.


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The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 18,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 14 percent through the year 2020. For more information, visit