Rachael McDonald

Reporter / News Host

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.

Ways to Connect

There are now three candidates running for an open seat on the Eugene 4J School Board. Long-time board member Beth Gerot is not running again for position 3.

Rachael McDonald

The University of Oregon faces a $25 million gap under Governor Kate Brown’s proposed budget. U of O administrators, students and alumni Thursday urged state lawmakers to put more money into higher education.

Michael Sherman

An independent film co-directed and starring Olympic athlete Alexi Pappas  has been picked up by a major Hollywood studio and will be released to theaters in May. The movie Tracktown was filmed in Eugene.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene City Councilors Wednesday approved a pilot ban on dogs in the downtown core. They voted against banning smoking. Both proposals are aimed at addressing public safety issues.

Oregon Employment Department

Lane County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in January. This is the lowest it’s been since the state started tracking it in 1990.

Transportation (1)

 

• ODOT: SW Oregon - Low elevation show is reported throughout southern Oregon, causing some delays on region highways. Expect winter driving conditions and leave extra time for travel, especially on the I-5 corridor north of Grants Pass. Chains are now required on all vehicles, except 4X4s, on I-5 north of Grants Pass to Canyonville (MP 66-101).

Oregon State University will be holding mass vaccination clinics next week after a student came down with meningococcal disease. Two earlier cases were diagnosed in November.

Rachael McDonald

The University of Oregon Board Of Trustees Thursday voted to raise tuition by more than 10 percent for in state students. Out of state students will face a 3 percent increase.

The University of Oregon could lay off as many as 75 non-tenured faculty in order to cope with a nearly 9 million dollar deficit.  The school is also considering a more than 10 percent hike in tuition for in-state students.

City of Springfield

The City of Springfield is considering building a new, larger library. Monday, the City Council chose a possible site.

Pages