Opening for renowned authors like Toni Morrison, starting a successful company, self-publishing, promoting, and selling over 8,000 copies of her own novel without the help of any staff, are just some of Dr. Trevy McDonald’s many noteworthy accomplishments.
Trevy says her greatest passion and life’s purpose is to use her God-given gifts and talents to uplift, inspire, and empower people in an entertaining and informative way, which brings them joy. She pursues her passion and life purpose through her successful Journalism career.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Trevy earned her B.A. in Radio/TV/Film. After having enough of the cold winters, she headed South to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she received her M.A. in Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication Research from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina. She was only 25 years old when she earned her Ph.D. from one of the top Journalism programs in the country.
After receiving her Ph.D., she was unemployed and therefore asked herself what she could do to make herself more marketable. Trevy immediately built the groundwork for a publishing company, which she started in 1999. She is currently the owner of Reyomi Global Media Group, a successful independent book publishing and consulting company based in Durham N.C.
Trevy is the author of the novel Time Will Tell, and is the co-editor of two scholarly anthologies and an inspirational anthology titled How We Got Over: Testimonies of Faith, Hope and Courage. She has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, and has also co-authored a reference book on starting your own publishing house called How to Win the Publishing Game.
Through her experience starting and running her own publishing company, she learned her most valuable lesson: If one is committed and steps out on faith to pursue their dream, then they will also be blessed with the resources to be able to carry out their dream. She simply states this lesson in the form of a haiku.
Commit to your dream
And the desired resources
Are provided now!
In the spring of 2010, Trevy realized her dream of becoming a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, she taught communication courses at North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, and Spertus College.
Trevy is passionate about diversity and media. Among the many courses she teaches, her favorite to teach is a course entitled Diversity and Communication, which explores representations, roles and responsibilities with regards to marginalized groups and mainstream American media.
Aside from her many academic accomplishments, Dr. McDonald advises students in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication and has served on several theses and dissertation committees. She has been a panelist, guest speaker and lecturer for special events hosted by both professional and university organizations.
Trevy has been recognized in publications such as Who’s Who of America, Who’s Who of American Women, and Writer’s Digest. She was elected to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Alumni Association Board of Directors where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Trevy also won first place at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Juried Film and Video Festival, for a documentary she co-produced entitled Women Behind the Lines.
Trevy is a member of the Society of Midland Authors, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She is currently working on several works including Round ‘Bout Midnight—the highly anticipated sequel to her first novel, Time Will Tell. Trevy also plans to perform a spoken word piece and create a feature-length play of a poem she wrote entitled “Twin Souls.” Her ultimate goal is to earn a Pulitzer Prize for a novel and to direct her own film.