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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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Three Oregon lawmakers have been hit with an ethics complaint filed by environmentalists. It was filed Monday with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission against three representatives who helped pass the so-called wolf delisting bill in February.

Eugene Police are investigating what they call a bias crime against a 15-year old African-American boy. Police say the boy was chased by two white men who he felt were trying to assault him.

Bethel School District

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has tapped Eugene’s Bethel School Superintendent Colt Gill to be the state’s first Education Innovation Officer. Gill will work to improve graduation rates.

Catia Juliana

Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally in Springfield Thursday. The campaign says about 8,000 people attended the event at Island Park.

Julie Garton

Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a wide ranging speech Thursday at a rally in Springfield. The campaign says a crowd of 8-thousand people showed up at an Island Park.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be in Springfield Thursday. He’ll be at Island Park for a noon rally.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 3 Wednesday not to build its new City Hall to withstand a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The plan is to build it to the minimum required under state law.

Bethel School District

School leaders want to hear from all Oregonians about their hopes and dreams for education in the state. Wednesday, Eugene 4J, Bethel and Springfield schools are holding a community meeting as part of Oregon Rising.

Rowell Brokaw Architects

The Cascadia subduction zone is likely to rupture sometime in the next 50 years causing major devastation to the northwest. Eugene leaders may decide this week whether to spend extra money to build the new City Hall to withstand an earthquake.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor Kate Brown rode a rapid transit bus from Springfield to Eugene Monday. She wants to build support for transportation funding in the state.

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