Quick Facts Trevor McDonald

  • NameTrevor McDonald
  • Birth NameSir Trevor McDonald OBE
  • FatherLawson McDonald
  • MotherGeraldine McDonald
  • NationalityBritish
  • EthnicityBlack
  • ProfessionJournalist
  • Net WorthN/A
  • Eye ColorBlack
  • Hair ColorBlack
  • MarriedYes
  • Married toJosephine McDonald (m. 1986)
  • EducationLondon South Bank University
  • AwardsBritish Academy Television Awards
  • TV ShowTonight Since 1999
  • BooksFortunate circumstances

Sir Trevor McDonald was born on August 16, 1939, who is known as a journalist and newsreader as well as news presenter. He was born George McDonald and he was knighted in 1999.


During the 1960s he was working as a print and broadcast journalist in Trinidad and in1969 he was working on BBC Radio and newspaper as a producer in London. In 1973, he was associated with Independent Television News as a general reporter at first and later on focusing on international politics. He also did sports correspondent for some time. In 1989, he returned to ITN and began to present evening news.

In 1992, he became the sole presenter of News at Ten after being promoted and become well-known in the United Kingdom. In 1999, News at Ten was axed and began to present ITV Evening news. In 2001, News at Ten was re-launched where McDonald was a presenter again but the program was axed again. McDonald hosted the program Tonight with Trevor McDonald which was about the recent affairs for 6 years (1999-2005). In 2010, the program was re-launched where Julie Etchingham was the presenter.

In mid-December 2005, he presented his last show on ITV (News at 10) but that wasn’t his final show on television. ITV News at Ten paid him tribute on this occasion. He worked as an anchor for about thirty years until this time. After that, he was producing two show including a documentary on ITV.

In October 2007, he planned to return to the ITV as a presenter for News at Ten which was going to be re-launched in 2008 but with Julie Etchingham. And the ITV started to broadcast the show News at Ten on 14 January 2008.

On October 30, 2008, McDonald was replaced by Mark Austin after 2008 presidential election.

He also hosted different documentaries like “The Secret Caribbean with Trevor McDonald”in 2009, “The Secret Mediterranean with Trevor McDonald” in 2011, “The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald” in 2012 and “The Mafia with Trevor McDonald” in 2015. He also hosted the documentary “Inside Death Row” in 2013.

He has done other shows and shown appearances like Undercover Customs. He replaced Kristy Gallachermon the show Saturday Night Takeaway in 2005. He also presented National Television Award from 1996 to 2008 and also X Factor in 2010. In 2006, he presented a single episode of Have I Got News For You where he cracked numerous jokes. He has also appeared on other several shows.

McDonald is also the chancellor of London South Bank University and a governor of Wimbledon. He also worked as an editor for poetry anthologies and wrote autobiography Fortunate Circumstances in 1993.

He has been honored for his achievements numerous time. The university of Plymouth and Liverpool John Moores University honored him with honorary degrees. He was knighted in 1993 and won 2011 British Academy Television Awards and he was also selected in Queens OCB list of honors.??

won the 2011 British Academy Television Awards and he was also selected in Queens OCB list of honors.??