She’s back! Multi-award winner journalist Jennifer McDonald is together again with her Fox 5 family. Jen helped launch Fox5 in 2008, making her mark reporting live on the evening shows.

During her hiatus, she got married and had Irish twins (two children born less than a year apart, Finn & Fiona). It didn’t take long for Jen to return to her passion of reporting on the news.

Jen traveled to Williamsport, Penn. with Park View Little Leaguers for their world champion win in 2009. She also spent countless hours reporting on Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, two young ladies who touched the hearts of all San Diegans. Military stories are some of Jen’s favorites because her husband and sister are both active duty.

Prior to joining KSWB-TV, Jen worked in Bakersfield, Calif. and Yuma, Ariz. holding titles from news director to sports anchor. She’s the proud recipient of seven Associated Press awards.

A graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism, Jen was born and raised in Arizona. She loves the beach and is so excited to be back in San Diego!

You Asked…..

What’s on your iPod? A little bit of everything, Eagles, Elvis, and anything I can dance too.

Which professional sport would you play and why? Baseball, I can hit left handed!

How do you know when I really like you? I give you a nickname!

What’s your nickname? Moose, and all things that sound similar to Moose

What’s something that no one knows about you? It’s a secret…


Recent Articles
  • Man shot, killed in Mira Mesa

    SAN DIEGO — A 48-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder early Saturday over a shooting death in Mira Mesa. The unidentified victim, aged 46, was found inside a residence in the 9000 block of Jergens Court at around 2:45 p.m. on Friday with at least one gunshot wound to his upper body, San Diego Police Department Lt. Paul Rorrison said. Gerardo Zarate, 48, of San Diego, had been in an altercation with the victim and was arrested and […]

  • Parent arrested after allegedly threatening to ‘shoot-up’ school

    LAKESIDE, Calif. – A parent was arrested Thursday several hours after officials locked down three East County public schools, a school administrators said. Sarah Joy Lomaintewa, 26, was taken into custody at Ashwood and Mapleview streets around 3:50 p.m., according to San Diego Sheriff’s Department. Deputies were informed at 12:08 a.m. Thursday of a possible violent threat related to a school in Lakeside. Investigators determined that Lomaintewa threatened to “shoot-up” a school in the Lakeside area, according to authorities. As […]

  • High school vandalized in apparent rivalry prank

    SAN DIEGO — Serra High School students were victims of vandalism at the hands of Patrick Henry High School students just days before a big basketball game. “They had gone too far this time. It was shocking,” said Serra High junior, Kiley Hubbard. She described graffiti that stretched from the gym to the football field, along with streamers and Patrick Henry shirts stapled on the wall. School officials covered up the paint quickly but the images spread quickly to both campuses via […]

  • 2 trapped when car slams into home

    SPRING VALLEY, Calif. — A man and woman were hurt when a vehicle crashed into a Spring Valley home Friday afternoon. The car crashed into the house at 9949 Estrella Drive around 2:15 p.m. for unknown reasons. It took firefighters about 25 minutes to free the driver from the wreckage, according to Cal Fire. The driver and passenger were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Cal Fire reported. Their names were not released. County building inspectors […]

  • Father, autistic son design holiday lights display for a cause

    SAN DIEGO — The Belardo Lights display is a tradition a family started to raise awareness about autism. Randy Schimka’s front yard in Tierrasanta is decorated with 100,000 lights, complete with snowmen, St. Nick and snowflakes. The idea came to Schimka 10 years ago when he and his autistic son Brandon, then 8 years old, were looking at neighborhood holiday light displays. “He wanted to go back and see them again which was unusual. It was hard to find things that […]

  • SDPD launches holiday DUI prevention campaign

    SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Police Department launched its “My BAC” campaign Thursday night, designed to prevent drinking and driving during the holiday season. Partygoers in the Gaslamp district volunteered to take a blood alcohol test as a learning experience. Chief Shelley Zimmerman hopes the test will serve as a wake-up call. “They don’t think they are over the limit. This showed that they were and now they can make an appropriate decision not to drink and drive,” Zimmerman […]

  • Ex-POW reacts to Senate report on CIA torture

    SAN DIEGO — Bob Farner, who was held prisoner during World War II, said he was not surprised by the details of waterboarding and starvation tactics exposed in Tuesday’s report about the CIA’s treatment of detainees. Farner was a 17-year-old Marine  specializing in infantry when he was captured by the Japanese. He said he was tortured on several occasions. “It was three and a half years of hell,” he said. “They thought they killed me. They beat me until I was unconscious, and I was unconscious […]

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    Residents discuss Coaster booze ban

    SAN DIEGO — Rules for Coaster train riders could soon be stricter, including a ban on booze. The North County Transit District held a meeting Thursday night about proposed new rules that would ban alcohol on buses, trains and at agency facilities. “It is for the safety of our passengers and crews. We are taking this to the board for consideration along with public comments,” said NCTD public information officer Katie Whichard. Several residents showed up to voice opinions about the potential changes. […]

  • Mom, daughter injured in hit-and-run crash

    SAN DIEGO – A mother and her daughter were injured in a hit-and-run accident as they were crossing the street in  the Bay Terraces area Thursday evening. The accident occurred shortly before 6:15 p.m. at the intersection of Briarwood Road and Paradise Valley Road. The child was airlifted to a hospital, according to San Diego Fire Department. Police said the driver got out of his black SUV to see what happened, but then drove off. The injuries were reported as non life-threatening.