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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More than 400 students graduated from Umpqua Community College in a ceremony Friday. At the start of the school year, the Roseburg campus was shattered after a gunman opened fire in a writing class, killing 9 people and himself. But the community came together to heal.

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Sheldon High School was on lockdown for about 45 minutes Thursday afternoon.

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United Airlines is bringing its mainline jet service back to the Eugene Airport. As of Thursday the larger capacity planes will fly to and from San Francisco.

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This week, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are participating in Cascadia Rising. It’s an Earthquake and Tsunami response exercise.

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The Eugene 4J School District found slightly elevated lead levels in water from a sink at Roosevelt Middle School Monday.  As of Tuesday, it’s providing bottled water out of what it calls an abundance of caution.

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Finally, Oregon DMV offices will accept credit and debit cards as payments. All 56 Department of Motor Vehicle locations will have the equipment installed by the end of the summer.

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It’s been 163 years since Eugene was founded.
It’s kind of a strange name for a city. Many people know it was named for Eugene Skinner. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald wondered why. And she found out we’re not alone.

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Just in time for summer, when people want to go outside, grass pollen counts in the Willamette Valley are very high. That’s been hard on people with allergies.

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The Ducks won the NCAA National Team Championship Wednesday at the Eugene Country Club. 

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Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy is going to China. She’s been invited to participate in a climate summit in Beijing.

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