John McDonnell

Washington D.C.

Sports, architecture and design photography, General Assignment

Education: Loudoun Valley HS

John McDonnell has been involved in every aspect of coverage that the The Washington Post provides, with the exception of foreign conflict. He has worked exclusively for the Post’s Style section and Sunday Magazine for most of the 1980’s. Since 1989, McDonnell primarily has photographed for the sports section. He has photographed all of the standard events that a large metropolitan daily sports section covers, the major pro sports teams, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, 4 Olympics, plus college and high schools.
Latest from John McDonnell

Five decades of sports, as seen through a camera lens

A Post photographer shares the stories, and the technical details, behind his most memorable shots since the 1970s.

April 22, 2020

Alex Smith comes to the Redskins with self-assurance as his strong suit

No longer burdened by self-doubt and insecurity after being cast aside in San Francisco and Kansas City, quarterback has found a sense of inner peace in Washington.

July 21, 2018

Painting the town red

Best photos from the Washington Capitals’ run to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup finals in 20 years.

May 28, 2018

Victor Robles may be the Nationals’ future, but he’s staying loyal to his roots

The Nationals have sky-high hopes for their No. 1 prospect, who could diminish the sting should Bryce Harper depart. The fast-rising Dominican star, though, is staying true to his roots.

February 15, 2018

Penn State, six years after Jerry Sandusky scandal, remains divided

As school leaders try to move on, Joe Paterno loyalists, including many university trustees, continue to fight over the coach?s role in his assistant?s crimes.

December 28, 2017

For this photographer, good food had nothing to do with eating

His wife fed him a steady diet of objects to shoot.

January 26, 2017

Dusty Baker survived ruin and humiliation. With the Nationals, he can go out on top.

The new Nationals manager is a baseball icon with a rich history off the field. And because of some troubled times in his past, he cherishes his present even more.

February 12, 2016

Educational movement

Educational movement In these Charleston, S.C., schools, children are seen, and heard, and always active CHARLESTON, S.C. — David Spurlock is 63 years old, a former baseball and football coach with a bum shoulder and bad back and right now he’s busy planning a jailbreak. He has spent a lifetime walking the hallways, classrooms and […]

October 20, 2015

2015 High school football preview

2015 High school football preview From the District to Anne Arundel County to Fairfax and everywhere in between, variations on offensive and defensive brands of football highlight the diversity of the game. Read about what defines each region. Hunting for three-peats Lorenzo Harrison knows that when he and his DeMatha teammates won a second straight […]

August 27, 2015

Still in the game

Still in the game The Orioles were a shared love of Ben Barlow and his late wife Monica. Staying involved with the team helps him cope with her loss.  BALTIMORE — Ben Barlow likens the baseball season to a metronome. It keeps perfect time — tick, tick, tick — and never stops. It’s ever-present and […]

April 18, 2015