Rachael McDonald

Reporter / News Host

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 returned to KLCC in 2007. She reports on city and county government, politics, the environment, homelessness  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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Lane County

After nearly 13 years, Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart is stepping down from his board seat to take a job with the City of Cottage Grove. He’ll take a new job at the end of this month.

University of Oregon

University of Oregon Psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd Tuesday filed a sex bias lawsuit against the U of O for pay discrimination.

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Protesters interrupted the Oregon State University Board of Trustees meeting last Friday over a proposed tuition increase. The Board postponed their vote until further notice.

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden speaks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about President Donald Trump's proposed budget and other issues.

Wyden is holding town hall meetings in Klamath and Lake Counties this weekend. He'll be in Hood River County next weekend.

Eugene City Councilor George Poling announced Wednesday he is retiring from his Ward 4 seat.

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Lane County Commissioners voted Tuesday to raise the legal age for tobacco purchase or possession from 18 to 21 years of age.  Lane is the first county in Oregon to make this change.

The Eugene City Council Monday night unanimously passed a city ordinance that protects individuals. They heard from more than 30 people speaking in favor of the move, while 2 men spoke against it. 

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Petroleum industry groups have joined the Trump Administration in seeking appeal of a climate change lawsuit that’s set to go to trial next fall. The suit was brought against the federal government by 21 youth plaintiffs.

There are now three candidates running for an open seat on the Eugene 4J School Board. Long-time board member Beth Gerot is not running again for position 3.

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The University of Oregon faces a $25 million gap under Governor Kate Brown’s proposed budget. U of O administrators, students and alumni Thursday urged state lawmakers to put more money into higher education.

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