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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Umpqua Community College

Umpqua Community College has named Dr. Debra Thatcher as its next president. The UCC Board of Trustees announced their decision Monday.

Umpqua Community College

Umpqua Community College is closer to finding a president. Two finalists for the job visited the Roseburg campus this week.
The school has been led by interim presidents since June 2015

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council voted Wednesday to sell city property to a developer that wants to put workforce housing downtown. But, the proposed 5-story project would interfere with KLCC’s air signal.

Lyle Rudensey

People who use Oregon and Washington’s Death with Dignity laws have, for years, used a high dose of sleeping pills to end their lives. But that medication has skyrocketed in price over the last year. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald has this personal perspective of a family member choosing to end their life.

Rowell Brokaw Architects

The price of Eugene’s new city hall keeps climbing. It’s almost $7 million over the original estimated budget and it hasn’t yet been built. The City Council got an update on the design at Monday’s work session.

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene has purchased 100 acres of land north of Lane Community College. The city hopes the acquisition will help connect Eugene’s ridgeline system with Mt Buford Park and Springfield.

US Fish & Wildlife Service

This weekend, hundreds of birders flocked to Harney County for the 35th annual migratory bird festival. It’s been about 2 months since the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge ended. Eugene’s Noah Strycker was at the festival.

Rachael McDonald

A federal magistrate judge in Eugene Friday ruled that a lawsuit brought by 21 teens against the federal government can go to trial. The youth say their constitutional rights are being violated by the government’s inaction on climate change.

City of Springfield

The Springfield City Council voted 4 to 1 Monday night to pass an ordinance that prohibits motorists from giving money or other items to panhandlers from their cars while in traffic. It does not offer exemptions for charitable organizations.

Rachael McDonald

The Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign opened its first Oregon headquarters in Eugene Saturday.

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