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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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.


Some faucets at four University of Oregon residence halls have tested positive for lead. The dorms were all built around the same time,.

Rachael McDonald

Federal Judge Ann Aiken heard from attorneys Tuesday in a case that 21 young people have brought against the Obama Administration over climate change.  the audience for the hearing overflowed into two other rooms at the Eugene Federal Courthouse and in courtrooms in Portland.

Chris Orsinger

A project to restore wildlife habitat on the Willamette River near Eugene has reached a milestone.  Non-profit groups collaborated on Turtle Flats to reconnect 21 former gravel ponds.

Eugene Police believe a body found in rural Klamath County is that of Cheryl Hart. The St. Helens woman was last seen August 4th.

Our Children's Trust

Twenty-one teens who’ve filed a lawsuit against the federal government over climate change will get another day in court Tuesday. The hearing is before Federal Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene.

Rachael McDonald

The University of Oregon Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to remove the name of a leader of the Ku Klux Klan from a campus building. Dunn Hall will be called Cedar Hall for now.

A University of Oregon linguist has found strong evidence to support claims by astronaut Neil Armstrong that he really said “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” when he first stepped on the moon.

City of Eugene

Eugene’s housing market is tight. As the city looks to future population growth, it’s trying to prepare for even more demand. Eugene seeks public input on options for Multi-family housing.