Donald Gerard McNeil Jr.  Biography

Donald Gerard McNeil Jr is a journalist in the United States. He worked for The New York Times as a science and health correspondent, covering diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the COVID-19 pandemic. His coverage of COVID-19 won him great acclaim as one of the first and most prominent voices to chronicle the epidemic.

How old is Donald Gerard McNeil Jr.? – Age

McNeil was born in San Francisco on February 1, 1954. He is 67 years as of 2021.

Where did Donald Gerard McNeil Jr. go to school? – Education

He received his bachelor’s degree in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975.

Gerard McNeil Jr. Wife – Family

McNeil now resides in Brooklyn. He was formerly married to Suzanne Daley, a Times journalist. He is the father of two children and a stepson.

Donald Gerard McNeil Jr. The New York Times journalist
Donald Gerard McNeil Jr. The New York Times journalist

What is McNeil Jr. Salary?

His salary is under review.

McNeil Jr. Net Worth

His net worth is under review.

Donald Gerard McNeil Jr. Career

McNeil began his career at The New York Times as a copy boy in 1976. He departed in 1979 to study history while teaching journalism at Columbia University. He worked as a foreign journalist in South Africa and France from 1995 until 2002. McNeil began covering HIV/AIDS and had an interest in vaccine-preventable illnesses during this time. McNeil joined The New York Times scientific team in 2002 and was assigned to cover global health. McNeil had to persuade his editor, Cornelia Dean, to let him cover “diseases that impoverished people die of” at the time. The Robert F. Kenner Memorial Prize in Journalism in 2006 was given to McNeil’s later work on a series of articles about illnesses on the verge of eradication.
In 2013, he was portrayed in Fire in the Blood, an acclaimed documentary on AIDS drugs. In late 2015, McNeil began following the Zika virus outbreak for The New York Times. He rose to prominence as a result of his coverage of viral epidemics. He became well-known during the COVID-19 epidemic for his early and repeated warnings about the seriousness of the situation. On February 27, 2020, McNeil appeared on The Daily to discuss COVID-19, making him one of the first people in the United States to raise awareness about the virus. He also spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci regarding President Donald Trump’s working relationship with Fauci.

He became one of the most well-known journalists covering COVID-19 as a result of his early coverage and renowned writing. He wrote two of the fifteen stories for the New York Times about the coronavirus outbreak that received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2021. The New York Times and I are in the process of negotiating a contract.

During contract discussions between the Newspaper Guild of New York and the management of The New York Times, McNeil was part in a brief walkout. 375 union members walked out of the New York City offices on October 12, 2012, while another 23 walked out of the Washington, D.C. newsroom, according to McNeil. Union members had been without a contract for 18 months at the time, and discussions over pension payments had come to a halt. McNeil was joined by a slew of other famous reporters and editors in blasting the paper.

The New York Times Dismissal

In 2019, McNeil traveled to Peru with a group of high school students on a trip sponsored by the New York Times. The trip’s goal was for the students to learn about Peruvian community-based healthcare. The Daily Beast reported on January 28, 2021, that numerous attendees accused McNeil of making racist and sexist statements repeatedly, including using the word “nigger” in the context of debating racist vocabulary, as well as “[using] stereotypes about Black teenagers”.

McNeil originally sent a brief response to The Washington Post, stating, “Don’t trust everything you read,” prompting 150 Times workers to sign an internal petition requesting McNeil’s apology on February 3. Following initial complaints in 2019, the New York Times said it had “disciplined Donald for statements and language that had been inappropriate and inconsistent with our values,” writing that the Times “found [McNeil] had used bad judgment by repeating a racist slur in the context of a conversation about racist language.”

McNeil’s departure was revealed on February 5 by The New York Times. McNeil apologized in the statement, stating he had made a mistake “A student questioned her at dinner if she believed a classmate should have been suspended for a video she produced when she was 12 years old in which she used a racist slur. To figure out what was going on in the video, [he] inquired if she had called someone else a slur, rapped, or quoted a book title. [He] used the slur himself when posing the inquiry.” This item was first published on July 8, 2010. McNeil released a post on Medium in March 2021 disputing the kids’ claims and criticizing the Times’ treatment of his case.McNeil wrote on his meetings with high school kids on the Peru trip, saying, “I thought I was advocating for open-mindedness and tolerance in general, but it didn’t come across that way. And my abrasiveness makes me an unsuitable pedagogue for sensitive adolescents.”


Zika: The Emerging Epidemic (2016, W. W. Norton & Company)


2002–First Place, International Reporting (Over 150,000), National Association of Black Journalists
2006-Madeline Dane Ross Award, Overseas Press Club
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, 2007
2012–Third Place, Beat Reporting, Association of Health Care Journalists
2013–Third Place, Beat Reporting, Association of Health Care Journalists

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