Joel McDonald, a chemist turned television director, first worked in broadcast operations while in college. The innovative and technology driven environment of a television plant guided his career path change.
McDonald has a passion for learning and teaching technology. As an adjunct professor, McDonald taught Studio and Field Production at The University of Maryland. He is the manager of technology at WUSA, the CBS affiliate in Washington D.C. He manages the directors, studio technicians, and engineers, in addition to serving as the lead for projects and day-to-day operations. McDonald lives in Washington, D.C.