Ken McDonald, 48, joined the Central Michigan University faculty in 2003 and is a professor in journalism, specializing in the department's graphic design course. He holds a B.A.A. in journalism from Central Michigan University. He's worked as a designer and copy editor at a variety of publications, including the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun, the Traverse City Record-Eagle, the Kalamazoo Gazette and the Baltimore Sun (MD).
In 1990, he joined the staff of the Detroit Free Press, where he won numerous awards from the Society of Newspaper Design. His work was also honored by the Michigan Press Photographer's Association in 1998 and he was part of a Michigan Associated Press award-winning writing team that covered the 1994 World Cup soccer tournament. In 1999, McDonald traveled to Beijing for two months to help the English-language newspaper China Daily with redesign work as part of a cooperative arrangement between the Free Press and CMU. He left the Free Press in 2000 after rising to the position of Deputy Design Director for News to help launch a sports photography and design business.