Rachael McDonald

Reporter / Interim News Director

As of 7/1/17 Rachael is KLCC's interim News Director.  A search for a new News Director will begin soon.

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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School supporters in the Douglas County community of Oakland are hoping to convince voters to help pay for a new high school. A bond levy is on the May 15th primary ballot.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council may require 1-thousand foot buffer zones between marijuana retailers. The council voted 6 to 2 Wednesday to draft an ordinance.

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The City of Eugene and Eugene Water and Electric Board have finalized a deal for 16-acres of riverfront property.

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A proposal by Eugene 4-J to establish a common schedule across the school district has drawn criticism. A community forum is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

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Advocates for two competing Eugene City Auditor measures on the May 15th ballot squared off at the City Club of Eugene Friday.

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A Federal Magistrate judge in Eugene Thursday set a trial date for a case that pits 21 young people against the Trump Administration over climate change.  But, attorneys for the government will likely try to delay or prevent the trial from taking place.

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Eugene has made changes to what it accepts in your recycling bin. The changes, effective Monday (April 9, 2018) are in response to fluctuations in the international market for plastics.

It’s been 50 years since the Fair Housing Act passed in the United States. An event this week in Corvallis will look at the history and legacy of the fair housing movement in Oregon and the nation. 

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A program that brings books to young children in Eugene is seeking help to grow. As KLCC’s Rachael McDonald reports, the Imagination Library serves 4,000 kids in the community thanks to local contributions.

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Eugene Police are investigating multiple threats made against Lane County officials. They’re also seeking tips from the public.

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Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has asked the National Rifle Association for information about the money it receives from foreign countries.

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President Donald Trump stated via twitter Sunday that there will be no deal for DACA recipients in the United States. The Obama Administration started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Hayden Bridge Boat Ramp on the McKenzie River will reopen Saturday. Hayden Bridge Boat Ramp is located near the intersection of Hayden Bridge Road and Marcola Road in Springfield.

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Candidates for two Eugene City Council seats spoke at a forum Friday.

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Two boat ramps on the McKenzie River near Springfield will re-open Friday morning at 9 a.m.

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A fight over Oregon’s campaign finance laws could lead to huge changes in state elections. Now, backers of those changes say they’ll try to speed the process  way up. KLCC's Dirk VanderHart talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about the court case and the potential impact statewide.

Eugene 4J School District is considering a standard schedule for all of its schools.

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Police are investigating at least 11 robberies that have occurred in Eugene since February 23rd. The latest was Tuesday when a man says his bicycle was stolen at gunpoint by two men in west Eugene.

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Over two days last week, Eugene Water and Electric Board took a slow approach to the draw down of Leaburg Lake. The hope is to help save the lives of an eel-like fish that’s important to northwest Indian tribes.

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Boat ramps on the McKenzie River near Springfield remain closed until further notice as cleanup continues after an oil spill earlier this month.

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Backers of an initiative to restrict the sale of assault weapons in Oregon are gathering signatures. Petitioners Monday submitted a batch gathered during last weekend’s March for Our Lives.

Umpqua Community College

Friday, Umpqua Community college held a dedication ceremony for a new building. It replaces Snyder Hall, where on October 1st 2015, a gunman opened fire, killing 9 people, then himself.

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Oregon’s unemployment rate held steady last month.

Our 90.5 FM transmitter is down but we have crews working to fix it. Thanks for your patience.

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The City of Eugene has chosen its new Chief of Police. Chris Skinner from Richland, Washington.

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Award-winning science fiction writer Kate Wilhelm has died at 89.

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A dream of affordable housing came true in Eugene Friday. Emerald Village, a tiny house community, held an open house.  Some new residents received their keys.

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A new permanent tiny house community is holding an open house Friday in Eugene.

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The new interim Director of the Roseburg Veterans Administration Health Care system held a town hall this week on the Medical Center campus. This comes as the VA Office of the Medical Inspector prepares to release a full report on its investigation into complaints of bullying and a “toxic culture” at the facility.

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Hundreds of South Eugene High School students were joined by Roosevelt middle schoolers when they took part in the National School Walkout Wednesday to protest gun violence.

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