Trevy McDonald joined the faculty in 2010. Her teaching interests include diversity and media, electronic communication, and media and society. Her research interests include: media socialization, audience studies, oral history, and race and gender. She is the owner of Reyomi Global Media Group, an independent book publishing and consulting company based in Durham, N.C.

McDonald is the co-editor of two scholarly anthologies: "Nature of a Sistuh: Black Women’s Lived Experiences in Contemporary Culture" and "Building Diverse Communities: Applications of Communication Research." She is also the author of the novels "Time Will Tell" and "Round 'Bout Midnight," and has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, including "Black Women in the Field: Experiences Understanding Ourselves and Others through Qualitative Research," Black Voices Quarterly and Black Issues Book Review.

She is currently collecting the oral histories of black journalists who covered the Civil Rights Movement. This oral history/documentary project focuses on the key events, beginning with the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968, through the lens of black journalists.

McDonald taught communication courses at North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and Spertus College prior to coming to UNC. She served a three-year term on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Alumni Association Board of Directors where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh