Robert Terry McDonell (born August 1, 1944) is the former editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group. McDonell directed all editorial content and operations of the weekly magazine Sports Illustrated, SI.com, GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com, as well as SI Kids, FanNation.com and international editions including SI China, SI South Africa, SI India and others.
Life and career
He is an editor, writer and publishing executive with broad experience in a variety of media. He served as editor of Time Inc. Sports Group from 2006 to 2012. He was hired as the 8th Managing Editor of Sports Illustrated in February 2002. Under his leadership, SI Digital’s net revenues jumped 180% in 2006 and 587% over the past three years. That robust digital growth along with strong newsstand sales and all-time high reader satisfaction scores for the weekly were among the reasons McDonell was recently named one of Sports Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business and a member of Adweek’s Magazine Executive Team of the Year.
From 1999 to 2002, McDonell was vice president of Wenner Media and editor-in-chief of Us, which he converted from a monthly to a weekly in March 2000. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Men's Journal from 1996 to 1999. He came to Men's Journal from the Hearst Corporation’s Sports Afield, where he served as editor-in-chief and publisher from 1993 to 1996. Before that, he was editor-in-chief of Esquire from 1990 to 1993. In 1987, he founded Smart, a men’s lifestyle magazine, and served as both president and editor-in-chief. Before launching Smart, he was an assistant managing editor of Newsweek from 1983 to 1985. From 1981 to 1983, he was managing editor of Rolling Stone. McDonell was a founding editor of both Outside (1977) and Rocky Mountain (1979) magazines.
McDonell is also a novelist (California Bloodstock) and screenwriter (his credits include Miami Vice and China Beach). He also wrote the video game Night Trap and hosted the television show Last Call produced by Brandon Tartikoff and MCA. In addition, McDonell serves as president of the board of directors of The Paris Review Foundation.
McDonell attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 1968. He lives in Manhattan with his wife. With his first wife, Joan Raffeld, he is the father of novelist Nick McDonell and actor Thomas McDonell.
• Time Inc. (Senior Editorial Adviser, 2012) • Time Inc. Sports Group (Editor, 2006–2012) • Sports Illustrated (Managing Editor, 2002–2005) • Us Weekly (Editor-in-Chief, 1999–2002) • Wenner Media (Vice President, 1999–2002) • Men's Journal (Editor, 1996–1999) • Sports Afield (Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, 1993–1996) • Esquire (Editor-in-Chief, 1990–1993) • Smart (Editor-in-Chief and Chairman, 1987–1989) • Manhattan Inc. (Consulting Editor, 1986–1987) • Newsweek (Assistant Managing Editor, 1983–1985) • Rolling Stone (Managing Editor, 1981–1983) • Rocky Mountain (Editor-in-Chief, 1979–1980) • Outside (Senior Editor, 1977-1978; Managing Editor, 1978–1979) • City (Associate Editor, 1976–1977) • San Francisco Magazine (Associate Editor, 1975–1976)
• California Bloodstock (author, 1980) • Lust, Violence, Sin, Magic: Sixty Years of Esquire Fiction • Sports Illustrated: Fifty Years of Great Writing (introduction, 2003) • Hot Shots: 21st Century Sports Photography (forward, 2006) • Athlete by Walter Iooss (introduction, 2008) • Slide Show by Steve Hoffman (introduction, 2009) • Sports Illustrated: The Covers (introduction, 2010) • The Accidental Life (author, 2016)
Television, film, video games
• Saturday Night Live (1981) appeared as himself • Miami Vice (1985; 1988) screenwriter • China Beach (1988) screenwriter • Last Call (1994) host • Breakfast with Hunter (2003) appeared as himself • Sports Illustrated 40th Anniversary Special: American Beauty (2004) executive producer • Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search (2005) executive producer • Sports Illustrated Smimsuit Special (2006–2009) executive producer • Night Trap (1992) screenwriter Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself (2013) producer
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- “How They Stack Up,” Sports Business Journal. December 17, 2007.
- “Special Report: A Winning Doubleheader,” Adweek. March 5, 2007.
- National Magazine Awards Database Magazine Publishers of America
- “The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers,” Amazon.
- “California Bloodstock,” Amazon.
- Terry McDonell on IMDb
- “Night Trap” at Moby Games
- “‘Call’ Grating,” Entertainment Weekly.
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- Lust, Violence, Sin, Magic: Sixty Years of Esquire Fiction, Barnes and Noble.
- Sports Illustrated: Fifty Years of Great Writing, Salt Lake County Library.
- Hot Shots: 21st Century Sports Photography, Barnes and Noble.
- Kelly, Greg. Sports Illustrated: The Covers. New York, NY: Sports Illustrated Books, 2010. Print.
- “Sports Illustrated Is Expected to Get an Outsider as Editor,” The New York Times. By David Carr. February 5, 2002.
- “A Mr. Fix-It For Sports Illustrated,” Media Life Magazine. By Carl Bialik. February, 2002.
- “Terry McDonell is Mr. Fix-It, But Can He Fix Wenner’s Folly?” Media Life Magazine. By Maureen Garry. September, 1999.