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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 News 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 1999 she was struck by a police van on its way to a 999 call in Clerkenwell, London.[3] She sustained massive head injuries, and it was almost five years before she returned to broadcasting, notably in a biographical documentary in which she spoke of her recuperation process and coming to terms with the psychological effects of her injury.[4][5]


She used to date Gordon Brown [1 ] but had been in a relationship with BBC journalist Allan Little for five years before the accident. The couple subsequently married in 2007.[5]

Current work

She currently presents an education-focused news programme for the cable channel Teachers' TV.[6]


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b Sheena McDonald, How I got my brain back, Daily Mail, 9 February 2009
  6. ^ Magazine | Talking Point

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