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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Over the weekend memorials were held for 4 of the 9 people killed in the shooting October 1st at Umpqua Community College.

Michael Sullivan, The News-Review

KLCC's Rachael McDonald talks with Desmond O'Boyle about her experience following President Barack Obama during his visit to Roseburg, Friday. Obama called for change and met with state dignitaries.

Rachael McDonald

President Barack Obama landed in Roseburg, Oregon this Friday afternoon to meet with families of the victims of last weeks shooting at Umpqua Community College.  Rachael McDonald is traveling with the White House Press Pool.

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The 19 year-old who suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the shooting at Umpqua Community College last week is breathing on her own. Doctors spoke with reporters Thursday at PeaceHealth Medical Center in Springfield.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Memorials are planned this weekend for some of the people who were killed in last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College. Meanwhile, the community is raising money to help all the victims and their families.

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County District Attorney has found sheriff's deputies were justified in their use of deadly force in an incident last month that resulted in a suspect and deputy being shot and wounded.

Brandon Nelson Hubbard

Authorities say the shooting who killed 9 people Thursday at Umpqua Community College committed suicide.  

The Douglas County Sheriff says police arrived at the scene 6 minutes after the first 9-1-1 call and exchanged gunfire with the shooter 2 minutes later. The medical examiner determined the shooter killed himself. Fire Chief Greg Marlar says two of the 9 killed were related to first responders.

Rachael McDonald

Three women who were wounded in the shooting Thursday at Umpqua Community College were transported via helicopter to Peace Health Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield.
Trauma surgeon Dr. Scott Russi says all three women are stable. Two are considered critical. Russi is optimistic about their recovery. He has worked as a combat surgeon in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rachael McDonald

Thursday, on the 4th day of fall term, a 26-year old man opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. The Douglas County Sheriff says 10 people were killed, 7 wounded. The shooter was killed by law enforcement.

The University of Oregon's incoming freshman class is the most diverse and academically prepared in the school's history. The class is more than 4,000 students strong.

Roger Thompson is Vice President for Enrollment Management at the U of O.

Thompson: "If we look at academic preparation, high school GPAs, test-scores, the amount of AP, IB, all the college work that they've already completed in high school then they are the most academically prepared entering freshman class we've ever had."