Steve Mac Donald
Special Projects Manager and Host of "The 49th Report" and "One Alaska"
Raised in Ohio, Steve and his wife Jan came to Anchorage in February 1981. They were only supposed to be here for six months so Jan could finish a project for the oil company she was working with at the time, but one look at the Chugach Mountains changed all those plans and the couple decided to make Anchorage their permanent home.
Steve began his broadcasting career spinning records (yes, music was on records back in those days) at KABN radio in Big Lake. A few months later he landed a job with KNIK radio and doing sports play-by-play for its sister station, KBYR.
In 1982, Steve broke into the news business as a reporter at KTVA. Four years later he became news director, where he led a small but spirited group of journalists. At KTVA Steve worked for Alaska broadcasting pioneer Augie Hiebert. It was Mr. Hiebert who taught Steve that it's the job of a journalist to serve the public by providing good, solid and fair information. It's a lesson that's never been forgotten.
In 1996 Steve moved on to Channel 2 News -- a newsroom with the same kind of philosophy. At Channel 2 News, Steve is the news director, helping manage a news team that numbers more than 50. He also reports and anchors from time to time.
Steve has won a number of awards for his reporting, as well as two Regional Edward R. Murrow awards for documentaries that he wrote and produced.
Steve and his wife Jan have three kids: Heather, Regina and Michael. Along with his family, Steve enjoys all sports, especially, baseball and playing hockey. He loves riding his mountain bike through Denali National Park and he prays fervently that some day his beloved Cleveland Indians will win the World Series.