Sarah MacDonald joined the Global News team in 2018.
A veteran journalist, Sarah spent the first decade of her career with CTV News, based in Vancouver and Toronto, before joining the Global News network.
Sarah has led nationwide coverage of major regional, national and international stories—including British Columbia’s worst flooding in more than a century in the town of Grand Forks in 2018, the province’s worst-recorded wildfire season in history in 2017, and global acts of terrorism in New York, Las Vegas, London and Quebec.
With her former team at CTV Vancouver, Sarah played a key role in extensive coverage that earned multiple awards for journalistic excellence on regional and national levels: a BCAB Award for continuing coverage of the tragic death of Abbotsford Police Constable John Davidson in the line of duty, and an RTDNA award for the network’s live coverage of British Columbia’s historical provincial election, both in 2017. Her coverage of the historic flooding in Grand Forks in May of 2018, which she spent nine days on the ground covering for the CTV News network, has been nominated as a finalist in the Best Breaking News category for the 2018 Jack Webster Awards.
Sarah has extensively covered regional, federal, and international political and environmental issues impacting British Columbians and Canadians at large—including federal and provincial budgets, municipal and provincial elections, the legislation and legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, the election and presidency of United States President Donald Trump, and the wide-reaching international implications of the Islamic State’s rise and reign in Syria and Iraq.
Sarah’s reports regularly air on national on regional platforms. Her work and bylines have appeared in internationally distributed print publications and broadcasts including NBC News, VICE and VICE News, BNN Bloomberg, CTV National News and CTV News Channel.
Sarah studied Political Science at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, before graduating from the Broadcast Journalism program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
A fifth-generation Vancouverite, Sarah was born and raised in Vancouver.
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