Maia McDonald

Environmental Health and Wellness Reporter, The Real Chi


Maia is a 23-year old Chicago native from the South-Side of Chicago with a background in broadcast journalism and storytelling. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2018 with a Bachelor's of Journalism in Radio/TV Reporting and Anchoring. At Mizzou she worked at the local NBC-affiliate television station KOMU 8 News as a General Assignment Reporter covering everything from rallies for gun control led by local students to Missouri political developments in Jefferson City.

Maia has always had a love of writing and reading but she got her love for journalism from Free Spirit Media. During high school, she participated in FSM News at the Gary Comer Youth Center learning about journalism and media. It was her experience in that program that led her to major in broadcast journalism in college and further pursue it as a career.

Maia is glad to be returning to Free Spirit Media as a reporter at The Real Chi, working on community based journalism, visual storytelling and developing her portfolio. She hopes to return to traditional news media in the future as a Multimedia Journalist and be able to work at one of Chicago's major television stations.