Sir Trevor McDonald(1939-), Newsreader and broadcaster
Sitter in 3 portraits
Born in Trinidad, McDonald was already a radio reporter, news presenter and sports journalist, before moving to London in 1969. He began working for ITN in 1973 and became the anchor of News at Ten (1992-9, 2001-4 and 2008), The Evening News (1999-2005) and Tonight with Trevor McDonald (1999-2009). He has won more awards than any other news broadcaster in the UK, including Newscaster of the Year 1993, 1997 and 1999. In 1999, he was knighted for his services to journalism. McDonald is also the biographer of two books on cricketing heroes, Clive Lloyd (1985) and Vivian Richards (1987), and has published his autobiography Fortunate Circumstances (1993). Since retiring as a news reader in 2008, McDonald has made and presented a number of critically acclaimed documentaries, including Death Row 2018 (2018), a sequel to his award-winning documentary Inside Death Row (2013), and Martin Luther King by Trevor McDonald (2018). McDonald was the first journalist to interview Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990. It was a moment of profound impact on the journalist’s career and in 2018, to mark the centenary of Mandela’s birth, McDonald made the documentary Trevor McDonald: Return to South Africa, in which he considered the continued struggle for social equality in post-apartheid South Africa.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below