1957 (age 60–61)|
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Alma mater||Algonquin College|
|Relatives||Norm Macdonald (younger brother)|
Early life and family
Macdonald was born and raised in Quebec City. His father was Percy Macdonald, who served with the Canadian Army during World War II and helped liberate the Netherlands. His mother is Ferne Macdonald (née Mains). His brother is comedian/actor Norm Macdonald. He is married to Joyce Napier, a parliamentary bureau chief for CTV News.
After graduating from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Macdonald worked first as a print journalist. He joined the CBC in 1988 and covered Canadian Parliament for approximately a decade. He then served for five years (1998–2003) as the network's chief Middle East correspondent.
Macdonald was involved in a public dispute with Canadian media mogul Leonard Asper in 2003. Asper had accused Macdonald of being "anti-Israeli" after taking exception to some of the CBC's Middle East coverage. Macdonald responded with a rebuttal in The Globe and Mail, accusing Asper of defamation and alleging editorial censorship in the Asper-owned CanWest media outlets.
In November 2010, Macdonald led a CBC investigation into the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which had been mandated with solving the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The report uncovered documents suggesting the UN investigative body had strong evidence to link the Shia paramilitary group Hezbollah to the 2005 bombing that killed Hariri, and that the UN had not acted on this intelligence due to diplomatic concerns. Macdonald's report also sharply criticized the performance of the Special Tribunal's head prosecutor, Daniel Bellemare, who responded that he was "extremely disappointed" with the report.
In 2015, Macdonald moved back to Canada after 17 years in the United States, 12 of which he spent in Washington, D.C. as the Washington bureau correspondent for The National. Macdonald continues to produce editorial articles for the CBC's website, as well as appearing as a senior correspondent for The National.
- Story, Jared (September 23, 2010). "Norm Macdonald talks to Uptown". Winnipeg: Uptown. Archived from the original on September 28, 2010.
U: ...your brother is on the CBC (Neil Macdonald is The National’s senior Washington correspondent).
Macdonald: Yeah, my brother is a news reporter. He lives in Washington now. I’m glad because he used to do war reporting.
- "The trouble with honest reporting", Toronto Star, January 26, 2003; republished at InformationClearinghouse.info; accessed January 11, 2016.
- Wingfield Nesbitt-Larking, Paul (2007). Politics, society, and the media. Canada: Broadview Press. pp. 121–122. ISBN 9781551118123. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- Potter, Mitch (Nov 21, 2010). "UN had evidence linking Hezbollah to murder of Lebanese PM: CBC". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- Martin, Patrick (Nov 23, 2010). "Lebanese PM slams CBC news report". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
- Omar, Mohamed (23 November 2014). "Neil Macdonald: Linden MacIntyre Is 'Self-Righteous' And Wrong About CBC". The Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- Doyle, John (24 November 2014). "Doyle: CBC needs an adult in charge, MacIntyre affair shows". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "Canada's Award Database". Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2010-12-12.