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.


Eugene 4J School District
11:25 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Eugene 4J Sees Improvement In Achievement Gap

Oregon's public high school on-time graduation rates went up 3.3 percent in 2014 from the previous year. Eugene's 4J school district reports an 8 percent boost in the statewide survey released Thursday.

The state has changed the way it calculates graduation rates which may account for some of the improvement. Kerry Delf with Eugene 4J says the district also made progress in closing the achievement gap:

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University of Oregon
5:41 am
Thu January 29, 2015

The U of O Gets Its Documents Back

Credit Visitor7

The University of Oregon says 22,000 pages of archived documents that were released illegally have been returned.

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Neighborhood Development
12:16 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Neighbors Object To Housing Project For Former Cons

Sponsors and HACSA plan to build a permanent housing project on this lot on Oak Patch Road in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A plan to build long-term housing for people who've been in prison is raising objections from neighbors. The proposal is to put in a 60 unit building in the neighborhood of Acorn Park in West Eugene.

Sponsors is a program that helps people who've been in prison get back into society. Director Paul Solomon:

Solomon: "Re-entry services consist of transitional housing, long-term housing, employment services, mentoring and a range of other services designed to help people transition successfully back into the community."

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Lane County
9:24 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Lane County Will Tweak Vehicle Fee Proposal

Credit Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners has postponed a decision on whether to put a $35 annual vehicle registration fee on the May ballot. The fee would fund repair to roads and bridges.

The board heard from 20 people at a hearing Tuesday. Nancy Nichols of Deadwood was among those in favor of the fee. She lives near a gravel road.

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11:33 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Egan Warming Centers Will Activate For One Night Homeless Count

Volunteers at the Egan Warming Center
Credit Egan Warming Center

Despite the unseasonably warm weather this week in Oregon, the Egan Warming Centers in Eugene and Springfield plan to activate Wednesday night. Four shelters will be open for the national one-night homeless count.

Egan volunteer Shelley Corteville says others will be out in the community counting people without homes.

Corteville: "This count is very important because it helps bring in money to communities for homeless services."

Federal funds are allocated to counties based on the number of homeless people.

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University of Oregon
1:09 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

UO Wants Its Archives Back

Credit KLCC

The University of Oregon is being tight-lipped about the recent release of 22,000 pages of documents it says were checked out illegally to an unnamed library patron.

Tobin Klinger, University spokesman, says the administration is in contact with the patron and wants the documents returned. Two people are on paid leave, but Klinger would not confirm whether they are librarians or even work at the library.

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1:04 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

No New Measles Cases Confirmed In Lane County

Health officials say a Eugene man who has measles is expected to make a full recovery. No new cases of measles have been confirmed in Lane County.

Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis says hundreds of people contacted the agency after they released a list of businesses the man had visited after he returned from California.

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City Government
7:36 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Toledo's New Mayor And City Council Are All Women

Toledo's Mayor and City Council
Credit Larry Coonrod / Lincoln County Dispatch

The New Mayor and City Councilors of Toledo were sworn in earlier this month. Mayor Billie Jo Smith talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about the fact that all of them are female.

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11:36 am
Tue January 20, 2015

UO Student Hospitalized With Infection That Causes Meningitis

Credit Jes Burns

There have been no new reports of University of Oregon students becoming ill with a bacterial infection that causes meningitis. A student who was diagnosed with the infection has been hospitalized and is reported to be in stable condition. 

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10:09 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Predator Advocacy Group Protests Coyote Hunting Contest

Credit Predator Defense

Hunters in Eastern Oregon are having another Coyote Derby this weekend. Predator advocates say these contests highlight an outdated approach to wildlife management in Oregon.

The Harney County Coyote Classic offers prizes of guns and cash for teams of hunters who kill the most coyotes.
Brooks Fahy heads Predator Defense of Eugene.

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