Donna Hanover (born February 13 , 1950) is an American journalist, radio and television personality, television producer, and actress, who appears on WOR radio in New York City and who also appears on the Food Network. From 1994 through 2001 she was First Lady of New York City, as the then-wife of Rudy Giuliani. She and Giuliani were married for 18 years and had two children.
Hanover was born Donna Ann Kofnovec in Oakland, California (of a Roman Catholic family). Her parents are Robert G. Kofnovec, a United States Navy officer who retired as a Lieutenant Commander, and Gwendolyn Dolores Kofnovec. She attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California.
Kofnovec then attended Stanford University, and graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She met Harvard University graduate Stanley Hanover at Stanford in 1968 and married him after her graduation in 1972. The couple moved to New York City. She then attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and graduated with a masters degree in journalism.