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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City of Eugene
11:05 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Kitty Piercy Won't Run For Fourth Term As Eugene Mayor

Mayor Kitty Piercy
Credit City of Eugene

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy has announced she won't run for mayor after her term expires in two years.
Kitty Piercy was first elected Mayor of Eugene in 2004.

Piercy formerly served in the Oregon legislature. During her tenure as mayor, she oversaw the revitalization of Eugene's downtown. Several people have expressed interest in running, including city councilors Chris Pryor, Alan Zelenka and Mike Clark.  
 

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Lane County
12:16 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Lane County Board Bans E-Cig Sales To Minors

Credit Lane County

Lane County Commissioners Tuesday voted 3 to 2 to regulate the sales of e-cigarette products. The ordinance would establish tobacco retail licensing and ban e-cigarette sales to minors.

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The Simpsons
9:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Self-Guided Tour Of Unofficial Hometown Of The Simpsons

The Simpsons mural in Springfield
Credit Jes Burns

The Simpsons animated TV series is 25 years old this week. Matt Groening  is believed to have based the fictional home of the Simpsons family on Springfield, Oregon, in his home-state.

Lane County's tourism agency has created a self-guided tour of landmarks believed to be the inspiration for places in the show. Lisa Lawton is with Travel Lane County.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
10:23 am
Wed December 10, 2014

UO Graduate Teaching Fellows Call Off Strike

Credit Rachael McDonald

The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon called off their strike Wednesday after reaching a tentative agreement with administration. Bargaining teams worked through the night.  The GTFs were on strike for 8 days.

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University of Oregon
1:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

UO Senate Bristles At Threats To Authority

Credit Jes Burns

Amidst the ongoing Graduate Teaching Fellows strike at the University of Oregon, faculty is bristling over threats to its academic authority from the recently formed U of O Board of Trustees.

The University Senate Executive Committee held an emergency meeting Monday. There's concern the Board of Trustees was given sweeping powers by the state legislature.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
11:39 am
Mon December 8, 2014

UO Grad Students In Second Week Of Strike

Credit Rachael McDonald

It's finals week at the University of Oregon and Graduate Teaching Fellows are in their second week of a labor strike.  

University of Oregon spokeswoman Julie Brown says with Graduate Teaching Fellows on strike the school is giving faculty options for administering finals and giving grades.

Brown: "In some cases, finals are continuing as have been planned all term. In other situations, students may have the option to be able to take the grade earned on course-work to date."

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
9:58 am
Fri December 5, 2014

UO Graduate Teaching Fellows Still On Strike

GTFFs picket in front of PLC at the University of Oregon Tuesday.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Members of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation are back on the picket lines  at the University of Oregon. The union and administration met for more than 11 hours Thursday. They're in talks again Friday.

The Graduate Teaching Fellows went on strike Tuesday after contract negotiations with U of O Administration broke down. The main sticking point is paid leave. The GTFs want 2 weeks medical leave and 2 weeks parental leave as well as a pay boost. Union president Joe Henry says the GTF negotiating team is ready to work through the night if necessary.

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Lane County
11:45 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Rules For Rural Events Clarified By Lane County

Credit Lane County

Organizers must get a license to have a gathering with 1,000 to 3,000 attendees in rural Lane County.

The Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the ordinance concerning large outdoor events on private land. The license application requires organizers to demonstrate that they'll meet minimum health and safety standards, including noise and traffic impacts. Kier Miller is a senior planner with the county.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
12:20 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Graduate Students Walk Out at University of Oregon

Graduate Teaching Fellow picket on the University of Oregon campus.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The 1,500 members of the University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation went on strike Tuesday. This is the first time in the union's 38-year history that its members have walked out.

Graduate Teaching Fellows march the picket lines on a bitterly cold morning on the U of O campus.

The main sticking point in contract negotiation with administration is paid leave. The GTFF wants 2 weeks medical leave and 2 weeks family leave. Joe Henry is president of the GTFF.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
5:46 am
Tue December 2, 2014

UO Grad Students Go on Strike Today

The GTFF unveiled a banner at their rally at Johnson Hall Tuesday.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

15-hundred Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon are set to go on strike Tuesday.  This is the first labor strike in the 38-year-old union's history. About 200 GTFs and their supporters rallied Monday evening  in front of Johnson Hall, the Administration Building on campus.

Chanting: "GTFF, GTFF, GTFF,…. "

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