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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KLCC's Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman talks with Rachael McDonald about a busy week in Salem including Thursday's release of emails from the last days of former governor John Kitzhaber's time in office.

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Wednesday evening, more than 100 people showed up for a town hall meeting about how to help homeless people in Eugene. The theme was YIMBY, Yes in My Back Yard.

WA Fish & Wildlife

Oregon's Dungeness crab season usually opens December first. A toxin has been found in some crab in southern Oregon and it's uncertain if the season will be delayed.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's jobless rate dipped to 6 percent in October, down from 6.2 percent the month before.
The state Employment Department says Oregon gained 2,100  jobs, led by construction, manufacturing, professional services and leisure and hospitality.

Rachael McDonald

To help homeless people get through the winter, Eugene City Councilors are considering allowing camping on sanctioned property for overnight sleeping.  The Eugene City Council heard public comments Monday evening on the proposal.

Rachael McDonald

The bus will take people to and from the Eugene Airport starting next month. It's a service that's been in demand for years.

Family members had the opportunity Tuesday night to speak out against the shooting of Captain Brian Babb. The Army veteran was shot and killed by Eugene Police on March 30th. More from a meeting of the Eugene Civilian Review Board.

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University of Oregon President Michael Schill Tuesday announced his goal to increase the school's graduation rate by 10 percent in 5 years and to expand access for lower-income Oregon students.  Schill is committing $17 million to the effort.

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A new University of Oregon program makes graduate school more accessible for members of the state's federally recognized tribes.

U of O Assistant Vice President Jason Younker is tribal liaison for the University of Oregon. Himself a member of Oregon's Coquille tribe, he was the first in his family to get a higher education. Younker says for many Native American students, there aren’t models of those who've succeeded in higher ed before.

Community Supported Shelters

White Bird Health Clinic is partnering with Eugene's Community Supported Shelters to provide a temporary shelter for people in mental health crisis. It's at the Roosevelt Safe Spot, a rest stop for the homeless.