|Alma mater||Miami University|
A native of the Detroit area, MacDonald is a graduate of the Detroit Country Day School. She went on to attend Miami University located in Oxford, Ohio, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in diplomacy and foreign affairs.
MacDonald moved to Richmond, Virginia, where she worked as reporter for ABC affiliate WRIC-TV. From Richmond, MacDonald went to work as a reporter for WITI, a Fox network owned-and-operated station located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
MacDonald began working as a reporter for WDIV in 2004.