Sir Trevor McDonald is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, born August 1939.
After working as a print and broadcast journalist in Trinidad during the 1960s, in 1969 he joined the BBC World Service, and four years later moved to ITV. During his long association with Independent Television News, he was first a general reporter, and then later a sports correspondent, but ultimately concentrating on international politics. In the 1980s he spent some time with Channel 4 News but returned to ITN in 1989, presenting the early-evening news.
McDonald was promoted in 1992 to sole presenter of News at Ten and became a well-known face on British television screens eventually being voted Newscaster of the Year and Most Trusted TV Personality. From 1992 to 2005 McDonald hosted ITV’s flagship current affairs programme Tonight with Trevor McDonald.
Several universities, including the University of the West Indies, have conferred honorary doctoral degrees on him. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Plymouth and Liverpool John Moores University.
In 1993, he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s honours list and he received a knighthood in 1999 for his services to journalism. He was awarded a BAFTA fellowship at the 2011 British Academy Television Awards.
Sir Trevor McDonald was inducted into the CBU Hall of Fame in 2005.