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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Pat McGillivray / Bethel School District

Eugene's Bethel School Board Monday voted unanimously to a deal with Nike for student athletes to wear the company's uniforms.

Rachael McDonald

Early sales of recreational pot begin October 1st at medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon. A proprietor in downtown Eugene expects big things for the state's pot industry.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday that Deputy Todd Olson was shot and wounded Friday near Cottage Grove. The incident happened when four Deputies were responding to a shots fired call.

A new Oregon law will put a stop to hidden fees for college students who are on financial aid. Students are returning to classes this week, but the law won't protect them yet.

Students on financial aid are often issued "debit cards" with which to access their loan money. But Representative Nancy Nathanson who co-sponsored the law, says some companies take advantage of students.

Jon Rosman / OPB

The state is creating a task force to research the medical and health properties of cannabis.

The legislature last session asked the Oregon Health Authority to create the task force. Doctor Katrina Hedburg with the OHA's Public Health Division says it will look at gaps in knowledge and research about the plant.  Since marijuana is illegal under federal law, there's not a lot of research available.

Hedburg says there is one FDA approved medication under the brand Marinol. It's made from THC, a chemical in marijuana.

U.S. Department of Justice

Eugene Police have secured a $249 thousand grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to purchase body cameras for officers. The 2 year matching grant is one of 73 awarded nationwide.

Lane Community College

Lane Community College President Mary Spilde talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.


Autumn starts Wednesday, and cooler weather will soon follow. This is a relief for firefighters and residents whose homes were threatened during this summer's fire season.

Jes Burns

A new survey conducted at the University of Oregon and 26 other colleges confirms what's already been found out-- 1 in 5 students has experienced some kind of sexual assault. The results were released Monday a week before the U of O fall term begins.

Oregon State Police is investigating a forensic analyst for tampering with drug evidence. The analyst has been placed on leave from her job at the agency's lab in Bend.