Deidre McDonald has over 30 years of experience as an award-winning producer, writer and educator. Currently, she is the Founding Artistic Director for the BronzeLens Film Festival, which celebrates Atlanta as the new Mecca for film production.
She served as Project Leader for the Georgia Entertainment Media (GEM) Work Ready Region, an economic development initiative that focused on careers in the metro-Atlanta entertainment industry. Formerly Senior Producer for Programs and Projects for WXIA-TV, she produced programming centered on social and cultural issues that was recorded locally, nationally and internationally. Selected awards include eight regional Emmy’s, and over 25 Emmy nominations, recognition from the National Commission on Working Women, and the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NAPTE).
She was on the faculty at Clark Atlanta University and also served as Director of Internships and Special Projects for the Division of Communication Arts. She is actively involved on the Board of Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA) and many other professional organizations.