McDougald grew up in Statesboro, Georgia. In World War II, McDougald served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater, then returned to Emory University to complete his degree. He became an assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) in 1949, then earned an M.A. degree in Political Science from UGA in 1954, and the PhD degree from the Ohio State University in 1964. He was again called to active duty during the Korean War. "Dr. Mac," as he was known on campus at UGA, served in a variety of roles, including head of the Department of Radio-Television-Film. McDougald was named to the Georgia Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
- Worth McDougald via Peabody Awards