Kim McDonald has worked for more than four decades as a science communicator. He was the science editor for the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, DC for 20 years before returning to California to become the Director of Science Communications at UC San Diego.
At UC San Diego, he worked with faculty members to publicize their research through feature articles, news releases, videos and TV programs. He also worked with deans, chancellors and vice chancellors to write op-eds for local and national publications, designed and taught an undergraduate course in science and environmental writing, and worked with the Institute of the Americas to develop and run a summer fellowship program to educate Latin American journalists about science.
Before retiring from UC San Diego in 2018, he helped to develop a Research Communications program on campus to educate faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in science communication.
He has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.