Sheena McDonald

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Sheena Elizabeth McDonald (born 25 July 1954, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland) is a British journalist and broadcaster.


She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1976 before gaining a postgraduate certificate in radio, film and television studies from the University of Bristol. Whilst at university in Edinburgh, she had a relationship with then-Rector Gordon Brown.[1] She also co-founded the Edinburgh Festival Fringe newspaper Festival Times with Garfield Kennedy.


In 1978 she began her professional broadcasting career as a producer and presenter at BBC Radio Scotland. She switched to television in 1981 as a presenter and newsreader at STV, then went freelance in 1986, moving on to anchor such national radio and television news programmes as The World at One, Channel 4 News, The World This Week, After Dark and International Question Time and, in 1995, she received the first-ever 'Woman in Film and Television' Award.[2]


In February 1999 she was struck by a police van on its way to a 999 call in Clerkenwell, London.[3] She sustained head injuries, and it was almost five years before she returned to broadcasting, in a biographical documentary in which she spoke of her recuperation process and coming to terms with the psychological effects of her injury.[4]

Current work[edit]

She currently presents an education-focused news programme for the cable channel Teachers' TV.[5]

Personal life[edit]

McDonald is married to the journalist Allan Little.[6]


  • Right to Reply (1982-2001)
  • Scotland Today (1984–1987)
  • Votes for woman (1988) 14 episodes
  • The World This Week (1989–93)
  • Scottish Women (1989–1992)
  • Fighting Talk, (1991)
  • Gimme Health, (1994)
  • House to House (1995–98) [7]
  • Powerhouse (1998)
  • Brain Injury - The Road to Rehabilitation (2002)
  • Channel 4 news


  1. ^ Brian Wheeler The Gordon Brown story, BBC News, 27 June 2007
  2. ^ CastleFM application for the Edinburgh Radio Licence, 2004; page 7
  3. ^ Sheena McDonald, Am I still me?, BBC News, 16 January 2004
  4. ^ Sheena McDonald Q&A Follow-up to Who am I now?, broadcast in Storyville, BBC Four, 1 August 2004
  5. ^ Talking Point Teachers TV
  6. ^ Cable, Amanda (13 November 2010). "Broadcaster Sheena McDonald:"Why the scars from my accident still haven't healed"". Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
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