With over twenty years experience in News and Current Affairs, Julie MacDonald is a News Anchor and Documentary Presenter for the Emmy award winning International News Channel Al Jazeera. As part of the original launch team from 2006, Julie has been at the helm both in Doha and London during a period of seismic change across the Middle East.
Combining years of experience at the sharp end with warmth and authority, her down-to-earth style has won her rave reviews as a presenter covering the world's biggest stories for some of our best-loved TV channels, including Sky News, BBC, ITV and Five News.
Julie is a breaking news specialist, providing clarity, credibility and commentary as events unfold.
A perceptive and engaging interviewer, she brings out the best in guests and thrives on debate and discussions. Julie is also an experienced correspondent and an acclaimed documentary maker, winning plaudits for "Scotland the Brave?", her unique examination of the Scottish referendum.
An experienced public speaker, Julie is in demand to create and present corporate videos and has been a host, moderator and facilitator at a huge range of conferences, awards ceremonies, workshops and other events. Clients have included Astrazeneca, Merck, APSE, EQT, RBS, EFFORT and Costain. Her public speaking specialities include Healthcare and the Pharmaceutical Industry, Innovation, Supercharging Business through Storytelling, International affairs and Working Motherhood - the subject of a book she has authored. Julie is a self confessed book worm, as she puts it ‘fanatically interested in learning’. As a Mum of two Dyslexic daughters, Julie is passionate about transforming education and the workplace through promoting better understanding of neurodiversity.
When she’s not on air covering world events Julie runs a successful Corporate Film & Communications Company and is the Founder of The Awesome Au Pair – a digital support community for Host Families and Au Pairs.
Event host and moderator
Julie has been a valuable part of our team at ISO.health, presenting live debates and events for our top 10 major pharmaceutical and biotech clients. From interviewing patients sensitively and warmly on stage to handling a panel of medical experts reviewing new data, we have benefitted from Julie’s considerable global, broadcast experience, her unflappable demeanour and intellectual rigour under pressure. Julie’s gift for making the complex simple and watchable is vital at a time when engagement with our content is key. Her generous sense of humour and empathy with our contributors has helped us transform the way our clients share their research and we look forward to working together in the years ahead.
Suzanne Jacobs – ISO Health
We were hugely impressed by Julie MacDonald when she interviewed and reported in a video and facilitated a conference for us at the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering. She is a warm and perceptive moderator and brought out the best in all the speakers taking part. Julie has a talent for bringing huge credibility to a live event, gently guiding all the participants, while retaining a sense of fun where appropriate. We are very keen to work with Julie again.
Valerie Howarth - Business Development Director, Howarth & Co.
Julie was so lovely with all the guests at our awards ceremony for the Association for Public Service Excellence. She was a pleasure to work with.
Mo Baines - Principal Advisor, Association for Public Service Excellence
A brilliant brain in a downright lovely package. It's hard to find great story tellers these days but Julie is one.
Pete Minns Producer/Director
Julie is unflappable, always well briefed and looks great on screen. She's a delight to work with.
Ben Rayner - Al Jazeera Executive Producer, Europe