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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Eugene Police

Eugene police Chief Pete Kerns announced his move to St. Vincent de Paul Monday. Following his retirement from EPD in January, Kerns is expected to become SVDP’s first chief of staff, a move Executive Director Terry McDonald is highly anticipating.

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The coolest part of Eugene is in the south hills. We’re talking temperature here. A researcher collected data on urban heat islands and shares strategies for ways to help cool our cities and adapt to climate change.

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Margaret Hamilton is the new president of Lane Community College. She was hired after long-time former president Mary Spilde retired.

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A federal jury has ruled in favor of Eugene Police in an excessive force civil lawsuit against the department. The case was brought by a woman and her son who were arrested after calling for help because the young man was in mental health crisis.

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Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis has formed an ad hoc committee to look into renaming downtown’s Broadway Plaza. The gathering place at the corner of Broadway and Willamette Streets is commonly referred to as Kesey Square.

Around the O

Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick interviewed a retired University of Oregon English Professor about his time as a spy following World War II for their documentary The Vietnam War. The series wrapped up Thursday on public television.


University of Oregon

The University of Oregon Wednesday announced the Oregon Bach Festival will now be managed by its School of Music and Dance. This after the firing of Artistic Director Matthew Halls last month.

Jay Bozievich announced today he’ll run for a third term as Lane County Commissioner in the May 15th 2018 primary election.

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The Eugene City Council Monday approved a proposal from the Human Rights Commission which would set up a 10-thousand dollar scholarship fund for local DACA recipients to renew their status. 

University of Oregon

Classes start Monday at the University of Oregon. The incoming class is expected to include about 5,100 freshmen and transfer students.

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