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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City of Eugene

A storied Eugene tradition is coming back with familiar themes this weekend. The “Eug” Parade is part of Eugene Sunday Streets downtown.

Rachael McDonald

Based on recent data, Eugene has the highest per capita number of approved licenses for marijuana dispensaries in the state. At their work session Wednesday City Councilors were unwilling to place a 1,000-foot buffer zone between shops.  


City of Eugene

This week, (Monday), the Eugene City Council adopted a new urban growth boundary. The state-mandated UGB adds land for 3,000 jobs in the Bethel area, two community parks, and a future school.

Anni Katz

A new pilot program in Eugene will deliver food to the animal companions of home-bound seniors. Food For Lane County has received a $1,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to launch “Kibble on Wheels”.

The Oregon Country Fair is approaching its 50th anniversary. Planning is underway for how to celebrate. KLCC’s Angela Kellner spoke with Norma Sax, who has been involved with the fair since 1977.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University has received funding for a new class of research vessel for the U.S. Academic Fleet. The $122 million grant from the National Science Foundation is the largest in the university’s history.

Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday added policy language that bars its employees from using public funds to enforce federal immigration laws. The vote was a 5 to 0.

Eugene Water and Electric Board plans to distribute a $5-million dividend to its customers and cut its workforce in the next year.

Rachael McDonald

Monday, community members celebrated the kick-off of a $1.85 million dollar remodel project on a former Eugene church that will provide housing to homeless teen girls. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald has more from what was called a “ground-shaking” with a musical theme.

Rachael McDonald

When you’re wandering the paths at the Oregon Country Fair, you may come across Ark Park or Archeology Park. There you can learn about the fair’s educational, research and preservation efforts. Ann Rogers is an Oregon Country Fair archeologist.

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