Rachael McDonald

Interim Program Director

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.

Rachael was named News Director in June, 2018.  She was immediately named interim Program Director until a permanent PD is hired. 

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860 homeless veterans have found housing since 2014 through a collaborative effort in Lane County. The goal is to house all veterans in the community.

Rachael McDonald

Two of the 21 young people who are suing the federal government over climate change came by the KLCC "hot tub" Friday. The youth plaintiffs were at the Oregon Country Fair to do a presentation about the lawsuit.

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Members of the All Star Opera stopped by the KLCC booth during the live broadcast from the Oregon Country Fair on Saturday. The hip hop band from Seattle played on the main stage. They spoke with KLCC's Kyle Hughes.

Animal Legal Defence Fund

With temperatures in the mid-90s this weekend, Eugene police are urging people not to leave their pets in vehicles. As of Thursday afternoon, they were out on their 5th call about a dog that was left in a hot car. 

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Lane County Commissioners voted Tuesday to provide land for a Housing First project in Eugene. It will be housing for people who are chronically homeless.

Oregon Bach Festival

As part of the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene audiences will be treated to the world premiere of “The Passion of Yeshua” on Sunday.

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The Oregon Bach Festival began Friday in Eugene. The nearly 50 year old event attracts artists and fans from around the world.

Rachael McDonald

Most Oregonians pride themselves on being recyclers. After all, our state was a pioneer with the country’s first bottle bill. But, the market for recycling has tightened and many Oregon cities, including Eugene and Springfield, are no longer accepting most plastics for curbside recycling.

City of Eugene

A new City of Eugene ordinance would require dog-owners to have proof of their dog’s license when they’re downtown. The requirement took effect on May 31st.

East Grandstand Supporters

A group is trying to stop the University of Oregon from tearing down the East Grandstand at Hayward Field in Eugene. They’re reviewing their legal options.

Eugene Police

UPDATE: As of 10:05am today (6/6) Eugene Police report the bike was recovered thanks to local cyclists who tracked it down.

Someone stole a bike from a cyclist on a cross country bike race who stopped in Eugene Monday.

Lincoln County

Monday was the first day on the job for Claire Hall. The Lincoln County Commissioner has served for 14 years as Bill Hall and has now transitioned to female. 

City of Eugene

The Eug Parade is coming back to Eugene this summer. Emily Farthing is coordinator of the event, which is part of Eugene Sunday Streets on July 29th. 

City of Eugene

Neighborhood leaders in the Santa Clara / River Road area hope to plan ahead for the growth expected in Eugene over the next 20 years. 

Rachael McDonald

About 4 dozen people held a noon rally at the Eugene Federal Building Friday to protest the Trump Administration’s immigration policies. It was part of a national day of protest organized by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Rachael McDonald

There’s a vacancy on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the application process is open for an interim to fill the seat.

Anne Bridgman

Two Syrian refugees arrived last night at the Eugene Airport. The women are mother and stepmother to a pair of brothers who already live here.

The Oregon Health Authority says the rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions for kindergarteners has increased sharply this year.

Eugene 4J

There’s a little more time to weigh in on a potential bond measure for Eugene 4J Schools. If placed on the November ballot, it would fund replacing and improving aging school buildings and learning materials.

UO School of Journalism

Caitlyn Jenner is coming to the University of Oregon with her publicist to talk about how she controlled the media narrative during and after her gender transition.

National Interagency Coordination Center

Fire season started a little early this year with small blazes in the region. Officials are preparing for what’s expected to be a busy summer.

Oregon Department of Forestry

As people head out for Memorial Day weekend camping trips, fire officials are urging caution. Ed Hiatt is the Northwest Oregon Inter-agency Fire Management staff officer in Springfield.

Rachael McDonald

On Thursday (5/24) the public is invited to take a tour of the Rock Creek Watershed. The forest west of Corvallis is where the city gets one third of its water.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines will end its non-stop flights between Eugene and San Jose at the end of August. The change comes during a global pilot shortage.

Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team

Conservation groups are suing to stop a timber sale on more than 800 acres of forest service land east of Cottage Grove.

Art Robinson for Congress/Brian Bull / Campaign Facebook page/KLCC

Congressman Peter DeFazio says he takes seriously the challenge from Republican Art Robinson in the November election.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene voters Tuesday rejected both city auditor proposals on the primary ballot.

Election Summary
Lane County Primary Election, May 15, 2018
All Precincts, All Districts, All ScanStations, All Contests, All Boxes
Unofficial Results as of 8PM
Next results at 10PM

Some University of Oregon students held a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the Nakbah. Nakbah refers to the exodus of some 700-thousand Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 when Israel was founded.

The deadline to vote in the primary election is tonight at 8 p.m.

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