Mike McDonald: Sault Online’s New Journalist

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Mike McDonald Sault Online

Hi. I’m Mike McDonald and I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself to the people of Sault Ste Marie. It is my hope that through my work with SaultOnline I can connect with the citizens of this city.

I was born in Sault Ste Marie at the old Plummer Hospital. I attended St Paul School for a time before our family moved to Thunder Bay, where I spent the remainder of my youth. I have always had family in the Soo, so I have spent many, many hours on the highway between Thunder Bay and here. I always looked forward to our visits to Hiawatha and Gros Cap. Most of all, I looked forward to chowing down on the best pizza in the country. I won’t name names because, quite frankly, there isn’t a bad slice to be had among the local pizza joints.

I attended Confederation College where I learned the ins-and-outs of television broadcasting – only to spend the majority of my career in radio (do I have a face for it or something?). I worked for an independent broadcaster in Thunder Bay as a newsreader before moving on to Owen Sound, Orillia and Barrie, where I served in a number of on-air roles. My career would then take me to Windsor, where I spent most of my time as the evening news anchor for the local, legendary heritage station CKLW. From there it was on to The Canadian Press where I worked as a national radio news anchor.

Over the course of my career, I have covered numerous municipal councils, school boards, hospital boards and foundations, health units, and crime beats.

I spend my free time painting, reading, going for long walks in the wilderness. I’ve put my vocal training on display on the local karaoke circuit where I serenade the bar crowd with the pop standards made popular by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. I’ve spent time studying martial arts, fencing and boxing. I am also something of a professional wrestling historian.

It is my pleasure to serve the people of Algoma District and I look forward to speaking with as many of you as I can.

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