Obituary: Travel journalist Michele McDonald

Michele McDonald, a longtime travel trade journalist and former managing editor of Travel Weekly, died on Oct. 5 in St. Louis. She was 68.

McDonald joined Travel Weekly as a reporter in 1983 and rose to the position of managing editor in 1986. She served in that role for six years, overseeing the publication's move from Manhattan to Secaucus, N.J., before returning to reporting duties as a senior editor in 1992, focusing on the aviation beat. McDonald covered the aviation industry until she left Travel Weekly in 1999.

Michele McDonald
Michele McDonald

McDonald continued to cover the travel industry as a freelance reporter/writer and in newsletter production, serving as a correspondent and editor of the (now defunct) Travel Distribution Report before launching her own newsletter, Travel Technology Update, in 2002; it ceased publication in 2018. She remained an occasional contributor to Travel Weekly and did freelance work for Air Transport World, Travel Market Report and other industry outlets. 

Originally from Oakland, Calif., McDonald graduated from San Francisco State with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1975 and worked for a time at the San Francisco Chronicle before moving to New York. She is survived by two brothers and a son, who is employed in the hotel business in Amsterdam. 

The family requested that memorial contributions be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.  A tribute page has been established here.

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