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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Rachael McDonald

The University of Oregon Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to remove the name of a leader of the Ku Klux Klan from a campus building. Dunn Hall will be called Cedar Hall for now.

A University of Oregon linguist has found strong evidence to support claims by astronaut Neil Armstrong that he really said “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” when he first stepped on the moon.

City of Eugene

Eugene’s housing market is tight. As the city looks to future population growth, it’s trying to prepare for even more demand. Eugene seeks public input on options for Multi-family housing.

Lane County Waste Management

Lane County is updating its regional plan for what happens to its trash. It wants to hear from the public about solid waste.

Rachael McDonald

University of Oregon President Michael Schill recommends denaming Dunn Hall on campus because of Frederic Dunn’s racist legacy. The Board of Trustees will consider the proposal at its meeting next week.

Veterans' Housing Project

Congressman Peter DeFazio has announced federal grant funding of nearly $1 million to help homeless veterans in southwestern Oregon.

Oregon Center for Public Policy

Oregon’s job market has improved in recent years, but that’s not true for many people in rural parts of the state. That’s according to a new report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy in Portland. 

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday decided not to go forward with an ordinance that would have given them veto power over local ballot proposals.

Lane County

A jury trial brought by a former Register-Guard reporter against the paper for discrimination and wrongful termination is in its second week.  Jurors heard witnesses for the defense in Lane County Circuit Court.

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners has been threatened with two different lawsuits. They have to do with citizen-backed ballot measures.

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