MARK MCDONALD  

“I am passionate about helping people fulfill their full potential when appearing in a public forum or in media, whether they are making a speech or PowerPoint presentation, answering tough questions about their organization from a journalist,videoing an exclusive story, or making a podcast series."

BBC WORLD NEWS

WAMU AND WNYC (NPR)

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

EXPERTISE

Public, video and audio performance skills; speech and script-writing, video and audio production, digital and traditional media. News coverage of global politics, U.S. Presidential elections, battlefield conflict, diplomacy, the United Nations and its agencies, as well as natural and human tragedies.  Extensive experience in staff development, training and mentoring, legal and contractual negotiations, internal and external communications, crisis management, innovative programming, media and journalism ethics.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Liverpool, UK, Mark spent 14 years with the BBC in London and around the world as an international news producer and manager for both radio and television.

Throughout his career Mark has played a leading role in talent development, training and mentoring hundreds of employees, interns and students, and creating and expanding collaborative media work. He is a pioneer in merging traditional and digital media newsrooms and communications departments. 

A recipient of the Edward R. Murrow and DuPont Columbia awards for Investigative Broadcast Journalism, Mark led the expansion of the news operation within the BBC’s New York bureau, creating three groundbreaking programs for both digital distribution and the BBC’s World TV News Channel. He then expanded the WNYC local news team (New York Public Radio) before moving to Washington DC, where WAMU (NPR affiliate) rose under his tenure as Director of Programs from 14th in the DC radio market to 1st place. (**Arbitron/Nielsen ratings)

 

During his career Mark has covered global politics, four U.S. Presidential elections, battlefield conflicts, diplomacy, the United Nations and its agencies, as well as natural and human tragedies.  He has extensive experience in news staff development, training and mentoring, legal and contractual negotiations, internal and external communications, crisis management, and innovative programming.  Mark has developed innovative high-quality content which seizes the opportunities of the digital age, both in reaching wider, more diverse audiences and in tapping the new marketing and funding opportunities it provides. 

Since 2001 he's continued to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at American and Georgetown Universities, and has lectured at Columbia University, George Washington University, and Howard University.