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- MacKinnon, Donna Jean
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5 cm of textual records
3 photographs : col. ; 18 x 12 cm or smaller
1 photograph : col. negative ; 10 x 12 cm
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Donna Jean MacKinnon was born June 3, 1943, in Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia). She graduated with a B.A. in English and Near Eastern History from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. Subsequently, MacKinnon received a secondary school teaching certificate from the Ontario College of Education (OISE). After graduation, she worked as a social worker, teacher, barmaid, department store buyer, antiques dealer at Salmagundi and the Hudson’s Bay Company, and freelance writer.
From 1986 to 2009, MacKinnon worked as a staff reporter at the Toronto Star. While at the Star, MacKinnon wrote about a wide range of subjects, from entertainment stories, business (including the weekly column “Thinking Big”), home design and architecture (weekly section “Sunday Home”), and general assignment stories covering daily city news. During this time, MacKinnon also wrote as a freelancer for Condo Living (column titled “Best Laid Plans”), City & Country Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Washington Post, the Toronto Life, House & Home, Great Expectations, and Canadian Jeweller. As a freelancer, she also wrote two scripts for T.V. Ontario and posts for the Presbyterian Record (blog "Recipes and Memories"). During her years as a reporter, MacKinnon published over 15,000 news pieces either under her name, the byline Isabella Street, and as a ghostwriter.
In the 1990s, MacKinnon started working on her book Newsgirls: gutsy pioneers in Canada’s newsrooms which she published in 2017.
MacKinnon is a certified yoga teacher registered with the American Yoga Teachers Association.
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Materials created by Donna Jean MacKinnon during her career as a journalist. Articles are either under the byline Donna Jean MacKinnon or Isabella Street, or ghostwritten by MacKinnon in different media. Media include:
- Toronto Star
- Washington Post
- Great Expectations
- City and Country Home
- Toronto Life
- Fifty-Five Plus 25
- Canadian Living
- House and Home
- Select Homes
- Free Saturday Star
Includes some materials related to the edition and publication of MacKinnon’s book Newsgirls : gutsy pioneers in Canada’s newsrooms. Call number: G24635.
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Donated by Donna Jean MacKinnon in 2020.
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Although a file in Series 2 contains records about MacKinnon's professional life, a decision was made by archivist to maintain original order and not move the noted items to Series 1. Further information about the file in question can be found in the general note of this series.
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For additional material on MacKinnon's professional life, please refer to the following file:
- File 50 - Interview and Research Notes.
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