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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Investigators from Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. will be in Oregon next week to visit the Eugene and Roseburg V.A. healthcare facilities.

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Springfield voters are considering whether to renew a public safety levy in the November 7th special election. The levy was originally approved by voters in 2006 and it funds the city’s jail.

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Lane County says it remains firm in its latest contract offer to workers represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The union has been on strike since Wednesday.

Starting Saturday, Lane County will not be accepting most plastic containers at the Glenwood Transfer Station and other locations.  This is due to disruptions in the global recycling market.

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The National Weather Service said the region will be seeing its major first rain of the season this weekend.

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The Springfield School District plans to open a new Hamlin Middle School building this winter. It’s much larger than the current 70-year old campus and will help the school focus on STEAM—science, engineering, technology, arts and math.

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Some doctors and nurses at the Veterans Administration clinic in Eugene say it’s being mismanaged by officials from the Roseburg VA. Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio has called for an investigation at the federal level.

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Hundreds of Lane County workers are in their second day on strike Thursday. The union and county negotiators go back to the bargaining table Friday.

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The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 1 Wednesday to make the name “Kesey Square” official.

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Lane County’s largest employee union is on strike Wednesday. Negotiations between American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, and county leaders went through the night but no agreement was reached by this morning.

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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Friday is the first day of autumn and with recent rains it looks like fire season is winding down.

Democratic Party of Lane County

A former Commissioner has settled two lawsuits against Lane County. Rob Handy will receive $89,000 dollars in the settlement.

Eugene School District 4J has a new partnership with Peacehealth to provide medical services to its students at 2 school-based health centers.

Willamette National Forest

Evacuation advisories for the upper McKenzie River area have been lifted and are no longer in effect.

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to rule soon on a Trump Administration attempt to get rid of a climate lawsuit brought by 21 young people against the U.S. government. 


Oregon Bach Festival

Ever since the Oregon Bach Festival last month announced the surprise termination of Artistic Director Matthew Halls, there’s been international reaction and speculation. The secrecy surrounding Hall’s departure has done damage to the reputation of the world-class festival.

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Lane County is hoping to change the way law enforcement and other first responders interact with people with mental illness. A simple consent form is part of a new initiative aimed at improving response to those in crisis. 

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U.S. Army soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (in Washington State) are helping fight fires in southern Oregon. 200 soldiers have been deployed to the Umpqua North Complex of Fires, which has burned nearly 40-thousand acres east of Roseburg.

Sisters Folk Festival

The wildfire smoke blanketing much of the state has prompted the cancellation of the Sisters Folk Festival in central Oregon. This is the first time the 22-year old event has been cancelled.

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Tuesday afternoon, the Lane County Sheriff upgraded evacuation notices for areas in the upper McKenzie where several active wildfires are burning.

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