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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Lane Community College Biology Instructor Stacey Kiser has been named best biology teacher of the year by the National Association of Biology Teachers. She's been teaching at Lane for 20 years.

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The City of Eugene is wants to require out-of-town rental owners to have a local agent to be contacted in case of emergency.

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It's been just over a month since a shooter opened fire at Umpqua Community College. KLCC's Rachael McDonald talks with UCC Interim President Dr. Rita Cavin.

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An armed sheriff's deputy will be on patrol at Umpqua Community College as soon as Monday. The school in Roseburg is beefing up security after the mass shooting that left 10 people dead on October 1st.

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Lane Community College President Mary Spilde and others from LCC went to Umpqua Community College after the October 1st shooting to help.

In response to public outcry, the Eugene Water and Electric Board has dropped a proposal to raise its flat rate for electricity by $10.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to remove gray wolves from the state endangered species list. The agency will make this recommendation at a meeting Next Monday in Salem.

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The waiting list for a federal program that helps people pay utility bills opens Monday in Lane County. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via CDC

Health officials say a teen girl from eastern Oregon has contracted the bubonic plague. Officials say the Crook County girl is believed to have gotten the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip.

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Lane County Health officials say Norovirus is the most likely cause of more than one hundred teachers and students becoming ill Thursday at O'Hara Catholic School in Eugene. The school is closed Friday and likely to re-open next week.