- M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Journalism)
- B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (English Education)
- Lecturer in Journalism
- News Editing
- Sports Writing
- The Digital Newsroom
McDonald has 33 years of newspaper experience, including 21 years as a sports editor and sports writer at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Most recently, she was director of information systems and electronic publishing at The News-Gazette.