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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Eugene will start a pilot residential food waste collection program this fall. City Counselors will get an update at their work session Monday.

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The Willamette River got a B-minus on its first report card. The grade reflects the overall health of the river. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald checked in with Joe Moll with the McKenzie River Trust which works to improve river habitat in the Eugene Springfield area.

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A citizens group in Lincoln County will gather signatures for a ballot measure to ban aerial spraying of pesticides. If it qualifies, the initiative would be on the May 2017 ballot.

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Lane County voters may consider a tax on recreational marijuana in the November election. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the idea of a local pot tax.

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The community has stepped up to help after a fire destroyed the Eugene Mission’s kitchen last week. Saturday’s Food Truck Festival fundraiser brought in $45-thousand .

Rachael McDonald

St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County is in the early stages of creating housing for homeless youth. They want to renovate a church in south Eugene.

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Construction is underway in West Eugene on an affordable housing complex for people with criminal histories. Officials celebrated with a groundbreaking Friday.

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An early Thursday morning fire at the Eugene Mission has been ruled accidental by the Eugene Springfield Fire Department. Investigators say a container of oily rags spontaneously combusted.

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Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy traveled to China earlier this month to take part in a summit on climate change. She was one of 20 U.S. Mayors who were invited by the State Department.
Piercy says she was honored to take part in the summit, which included 40 Chinese mayors.

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A vigil is planned Tuesday night in Cottage Grove for a young gay man who was beat up Saturday night. The community is also coming together in solidarity with the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

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