Elizabeth Nulf MacDonald is acutely aware of the personal and professional benefits of effective communication. Since she was a little girl, she knew she wanted to go into broadcasting and had always been fascinated with words. That fascination was fueled by family members who, when they got together, excitedly talked about words. She even had an uncle who authored a grammar text book that is still used on college campuses.
That fascination with words evolved into a passion for learning about all aspects of communication and making some strategic career decisions: Elizabeth spent thirteen years in network broadcasting as a television reporter, anchor, producer, interviewer/host, and video editor. She began as an intern at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. That experience lead to her being chosen to host and produce PM Magazine at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her success with that show got the attention of TV executives who recruited her to Norfolk, Virginia to produce and co-host a nightly entertainment/news show. Courted by WPTA-TV, she returned to Fort Wayne to join the staff of what is now Indiana’s NewsCenter where she worked for nine years.
Elizabeth left network broadcasting for education—but did not leave television. She spent an additional nine years producing and shooting videos and hosting programs for Fort Wayne Community Schools’ cable access station. During that time, she held various positions for the school district including communications specialist, coordinator of educational video, and high school English teacher focusing on grammar, writing and vocabulary-building.
In 2009, Elizabeth formed the Verbal Edge LLC—a consulting company that partners with individuals, groups and corporations that value the relational and monetary benefits of clear, concise, and accurate communication. She is committed to equipping others to achieve or enhance their verbal, non-verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.
Elizabeth’s published writings include Fun Book, which she created for unaccompanied children aboard Hughes Air West Airline, various brochures for Fort Wayne Community Schools and curricula for teaching vocabulary-building. Soon to be published is a book she and her husband Greg have just finished writing. Tentatively named FreeFall, the book is aimed at high school and college-age youths and takes them along on a young man’s journey from skepticism to Biblical truth.
Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Indiana University and is a certified teacher of Sociology, History and English. She completed her master’s degree classes and graduate orals in Broadcast Communications from San Francisco State University. She currently serves on two boards: the National Christian Foundation of Northeast Indiana and Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY), which trains and serves foster parents and places and works with the children they foster.
She lives in Fort Wayne with her husband Greg and three college students: two daughters and one of Elizabeth’s former students who has been part of the family for five years.