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 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 pros and cons of Oregon ballot Measure 97 were debated Friday at the City Club of Eugene. With a $1.4 billion projected shortfall, both sides agree the state needs more money but not about how to raise it.

Springfield Police

A Springfield man was arrested Thursday evening for disrupting a rally against hate speech.

Rachael McDonald

One year ago Saturday (October 1st), a gunman opened fire during a writing class in Snyder Hall at Umpqua Community College. He killed 9 people and then himself. The events of that day forever changed the rural community of Roseburg and Douglas County.  The one-year mark will be a sober observance.

Rachael McDonald

One of the major casualties of the loss of timber revenue for Oregon’s rural counties could be local libraries. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners says it doesn’t have enough money to pay for the county library system. That’s because the federal timber payment safety net is drying up.

Carolyn Osborne-Sommer

A Union Pacific train derailed in Eugene Sunday evening at around 5 o’clock. According to Union Pacific Spokesman Justin Jacobs, there were no injuries reported and there was no release of hazardous materials. 

Rachael McDonald

The great-great grandson of city founder Eugene Skinner was on hand Thursday to lay a historic marker on the southeast corner of the city of Eugene’s original land claim.

Lane County

Lane County’s only animal control officer is on leave. During that time the county will not have a dedicated staff person on patrol for animal issues.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow announced Wednesday that Eugene Police officers were justified when they shot a man earlier this month. An inter-agency deadly force team investigated the shooting.

Green Salmon Coffee

Highway 101 is going to get a little safer where it winds through the community of Yachats on the central coast. A grant from the Oregon Bike / Ped Program will help fund bike lanes and sidewalks.

Tim Lewis / Eugene Weekly

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled the City of Eugene must publicly release documents from a police investigation into the conduct of officers who used a stun gun to subdue a protester in 2008. The decision could have implications for future cases involving suspected police misconduct.