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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Eugene Safe Spots

A crowd of homeless people and their advocates showed up at Monday's Eugene City Council meeting to urge the city to repeal its camping ban. They asked for at least a moratorium on the ordinance that prohibits camping in public parks and on city property. Councilor Claire Syrett spoke with KLCC Tuesday.

Rachael McDonald

Backers of a library funding levy gathered Tuesday in front of the Eugene Public Library downtown to kick off their campaign. Measure 20-35 is a 5-year local option levy to fund library services. It will be on the November 3rd ballot.

Lane County Waste Management

Lane County is building an addition to its Short Mountain Landfill south of Eugene. The $4.3 million project will increase capacity and improve the site's wastewater capturing system.

Rachael McDonald

Classified workers at Oregon's 7 public universities have tentatively agreed to a new contract. The union was planning a strike vote next week if a settlement couldn’t be reached.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson filed Thursday to run for a sixth term on the board. He was first in line at the elections office on filing day for the 2016 primary election.

Rachael McDonald

On, Wednesday morning, the first day of school, KLCC's Rachael McDonald caught up with Springfield Interim Superintendent Sue Rieke-Smith at Hamlin Middle School.

Rachael McDonald

As students at Oregon's K - 12 public schools head back to class Eugene's Bethel School District is celebrating. This year, kids at Malabon and Fairfield Elementary Schools are in new buildings, and Willamette High School has a new Science building. All funded by voter passed bonds.

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Two of the four boys charged with setting the fire that destroyed Eugene's Civic Stadium in June are suspected in at least one other arson involving a dumpster.

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At Eugene's Cascade Raptor Center people can see birds of prey up close.  It's also a hospital for rescued wild birds to recuperate and then be returned to the wild.

Saturday the center is celebrating International Vulture Day. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Executive Director Louise Shimmel. She says vultures, with their bald red head and black feathers, often get a bad rap, but they're important to the ecosystem.

A former Register-Guard reporter is suing the newspaper's publishing company for firing her.

The lawsuit says Serena Markstrom Nugent was terminated after she became pregnant. The suit claims the firing amounts to gender discrimination.