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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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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Crime & Law
8:56 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Police On Patrol During Oregon's Civil War Game

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu makes a big play against Brandin Cooks in last year's Civil War.
Credit Eric Evans / goducks.com

The combination of Thanksgiving travel and the Civil War football Game has Oregon police and sheriffs on alert for impaired drivers through the weekend.

The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers face off in the 118th Civil War game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis Saturday.

Undersheriff Greg Ridler is with the Benton County Sheriff's Office. He says police will be on DUII Saturation patrol looking for impaired drivers who are traveling to and from the Civil War Game. He says more folks will be on the road for Thanksgiving festivities as well.

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Food & Wine
1:27 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Wine Tips For Your Thanksgiving Meal

Steven Baker owns Authentica Wines in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Thanksgiving is made for eating and drinking good wine. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald stopped in at Authentica Wines in Eugene. She asked shop-owner Steven Baker what to drink with your Thanksgiving meal.

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Amazon Creek
11:14 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Amazon Creek Headwaters To Be Preserved

The 26-acre property in South Eugene includes the headwaters of Amazon Creek.
Credit Be Noble Foundation

A 26-acre property in South Eugene will be preserved thanks to a private / public partnership between the City of Eugene and the Be Noble Foundation.

The property includes the headwaters of Amazon Creek and is habitat for wildlife and a favorite hiking place for locals. The city and Be Noble Foundation purchased three lots for a total of $1.75 million.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
11:29 am
Mon November 24, 2014

GTFs, UO Near End Of Impasse

Graduate Teaching Fellows at a rally at the UO last spring.
Credit Karen Richards

The Graduate Teaching Fellows union and The University of Oregon are approaching the end of a month-long cooling off period. The parties meet Tuesday with a mediator. If no agreement is reached, the GTFs will go on strike next week.

Graduate Teaching Fellows are asking for paid leave and a salary increase. The University's latest offer is for 2 weeks of flex time, which GTF Federation president Joe Henry says is unacceptable.

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Immigration
11:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

President Obama's Announcement Pleases Lane County Immigrant Advocates

Juan Carlos Valle
Credit LULAC of Lane County

Immigrant advocates are pleased and hopeful after President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday on immigration policy.
KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Juan Carlos Valle, President of LULAC, League of Latin American Citizens, of Lane County.

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Health
12:31 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Lane County Offers Free Tdap Vaccines Friday

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Lane County Public Health will offer free vaccinations against Whooping cough Friday for adults. The agency has 500 vaccines available to administer at Charnelton Clinic in Eugene.

T-dap shots vaccinate against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or whooping cough.  Lane County Public Health Doctor Patrick Luedke says adults need to get a booster shot even if they were vaccinated as children. He says in the last 20 years or so, more people have opted out of getting the vaccine.

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Transportation
8:33 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Eugene Imposes Fine On Uber

Credit Uber

The city of Eugene has fined Uber $2,000 for operating without a license. The company uses a smart-phone app to connect drivers with passengers. The city recently ordered Uber not to operate in the city unless it obtained a license.

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Crime & Law
12:01 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Scammers Latest Tactic: Robo-Calls

Credit Rachael McDonald

Scammers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service are targeting the Eugene area.

Phone recording: "The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you."

This is the call being reported to Eugene Police. The computer-generated voice instructs people to call a phone number. Detective Steve Williams says scammers try multiple tactics to get people to send money.

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Oregon Employment
10:54 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Oregon Adds Nearly 10-thousand Jobs In October

Oregon experienced its largest one-month hiring boost in nearly 20 years in October. The Oregon Employment Department says 9,900 jobs were added. Still last month's unemployment rate remained flat at 7 percent.

David Cooke is an economist with the state Employment Department

Cooke: "We're seeing rapid employment growth, both from the payroll employment survey and the household survey. They're showing the same thing. But it looks like the labor force is expanding as more and more people jump into the labor market."

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