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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City of Eugene

The City of Eugene has purchased 100 acres of land north of Lane Community College. The city hopes the acquisition will help connect Eugene’s ridgeline system with Mt Buford Park and Springfield.

US Fish & Wildlife Service

This weekend, hundreds of birders flocked to Harney County for the 35th annual migratory bird festival. It’s been about 2 months since the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge ended. Eugene’s Noah Strycker was at the festival.

Rachael McDonald

A federal magistrate judge in Eugene Friday ruled that a lawsuit brought by 21 teens against the federal government can go to trial. The youth say their constitutional rights are being violated by the government’s inaction on climate change.

City of Springfield

The Springfield City Council voted 4 to 1 Monday night to pass an ordinance that prohibits motorists from giving money or other items to panhandlers from their cars while in traffic. It does not offer exemptions for charitable organizations.

Rachael McDonald

The Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign opened its first Oregon headquarters in Eugene Saturday.

The Eugene 4J School District wants the public to help them make a roadmap for the next few years.
Community members are invited to participate in an online survey as part of its strategic planning process.

Reedsport School District

The Reedsport School District may stop using its Braves mascot after hearing from a local tribe. Oregon law requires schools to discontinue Native American mascots unless they get the blessing of a tribe. The district has been known as the Braves for more than 50 years.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley wants to help solve the affordable housing crisis. He was in Eugene Wednesday.

Umpqua National Forest

Oregon forest managers urge people not to pick trillium when hiking in the woods. The white blossoms are an early blooming wildflower in the Pacific Northwest.

Rachael McDonald

Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Brian Babb. The Oregon Army National Guard veteran was shot by Eugene Police while suffering from a mental health crisis. His family is holding a benefit Wednesday in Eugene to celebrate Babb’s life.

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