Rachael McDonald

Morning Edition Host / Reporter

Rachael McDonald started her career at KLCC as a volunteer in the newsroom in 2000.  Rachael was hired by the Northwest News Network to establish their Richland bureau in 2004. She reported on the progress of cleanup at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, chemical weapons destruction at the Umatilla Chemical Depot, agriculture and wine. Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 to be the host of Morning Edition. She also reports on Lane County, forest issues and a variety of other local and regional stories. Rachael has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting including first place from PRNDI for her story "Garden Brings Community Together" and for her interview with Naseem Rhaka, author of "The Crying Tree".  Rachael enjoys reading, hiking, biking and cooking.

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Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, OSPIRG, this week released its 30th annual list of dangerous toys on store shelves.

Oregon State Parks

The day after Thanksgiving isn't just for shopping.

Oregon State Parks is taking its cue from a major retailer and other states and waiving $5 day-use parking fees on Black Friday.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council has approved a pilot program that allows homeless people to camp in approved sites overnight.

Oregon Historical Society

The first Japanese American to graduate from the University of Oregon is one of 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Tuesday. Minoru Yasui was born in Hood River in 1916, the son of Japanese immigrants.

Egan Warming Center

With temperatures forecast to be at or below freezing, the Egan Warming Centers plan to open Tuesday and Wednesday. They'll be on standby through next Monday [Nov. 30].

Rachael McDonald

Two fires this summer had a big impact on the Eugene Community. A late June arson fire destroyed Civic Stadium's historic grandstands. In August, the building that was home to a bowling alley went up in flames. Two businesses on either side of Southtowne Lanes have been shuttered since the fire.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene's usually sleepy airport is going to be bustling this week with Thanksgiving flyers coming and going.

Tiffany Eckert

On Monday, the Eugene City Council is expected to vote for a legal overnight camping spot for homeless people during the winter.

WA Fish & Wildlife

Oregon officials have decided to delay the start of commercial crab season after dangerous toxin levels were found in crabs. Oregon and Washington are joining California which had already delayed the November 15th start of its season.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene is adopting a goal of having zero fatalities or serious injuries on its streets. The City Council approved the resolution Wednesday.