-- Judges for the Religion Newswriters Association, upon naming Jeff the first place winner of the Templeton Reporter of the Year Award.
Since 1998, journalist G. Jeffrey MacDonald has largely focused his reporting on religion, ethics and social responsibility. His stories have appeared in TIME magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor among many other national outlets.
For his in-depth reporting on religion, Jeff has won six awards from the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA). Beyond his core specialties, Jeff writes features on a wide range of subjects, including current issues in education and ethical issues in business. TIME and American Executive magazine rank among those that have relied on Jeff to provide thoughtful, fair and engaging coverage of business-related issues.
Jeff got his start in daily newspaper journalism in 1993 at The Goldsboro News-Argus in Goldsboro, North Carolina. In those early days, he covered everything from hog spills to tobacco auctions and the cautious assimilation of Hispanic migrant workers into rural Southern communities. He went on to cover the Vermont Legislature and other branches of state government for Vermont’s largest newspaper, The Burlington Free Press. In 1998, he switched to freelancing in order to focus on topics that give meaning to people's lives, yet too often receive scant attention or superficial treatment in the news media. He has been carving his unique niche ever since.
Jeff holds a Master of Divinity degree, which he received cum laude from Yale Divinity School in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in U.S. history from Brown University.
Outside of journalism, Jeff is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Between assignments he can often be found outdoors in New England -- sailing, kayaking or snowshoeing, depending on the season -- or proving that vegetarian cooking can be mighty tasty. He lives in Massachusetts.