Rachael McDonald

Reporter / Interim News Director

As of 7/1/17 Rachael is KLCC's interim News Director.  A search for a new News Director will begin soon.

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 returned to KLCC in 2007. She reports on city and county government, politics, the environment, homelessness  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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Oregon Bach Festival

Ever since the Oregon Bach Festival last month announced the surprise termination of Artistic Director Matthew Halls, there’s been international reaction and speculation. The secrecy surrounding Hall’s departure has done damage to the reputation of the world-class festival.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County is hoping to change the way law enforcement and other first responders interact with people with mental illness. A simple consent form is part of a new initiative aimed at improving response to those in crisis. 

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U.S. Army soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (in Washington State) are helping fight fires in southern Oregon. 200 soldiers have been deployed to the Umpqua North Complex of Fires, which has burned nearly 40-thousand acres east of Roseburg.

Sisters Folk Festival

The wildfire smoke blanketing much of the state has prompted the cancellation of the Sisters Folk Festival in central Oregon. This is the first time the 22-year old event has been cancelled.

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Tuesday afternoon, the Lane County Sheriff upgraded evacuation notices for areas in the upper McKenzie where several active wildfires are burning.

Rachael McDonald

After the Trump Administration announced Tuesday morning it’s ending the DACA program, a crowd filled Eugene’s Free Speech Plaza for a hastily organized noon protest. They rallied in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Anni Katz

Heavy smoke from area wildfires that has created unhealthy to hazardous air quality in Eugene and Springfield for the past several days. But, the National Weather Service is forecasting a change soon.

Rachael McDonald

Smoky air continues to plague most of Oregon Monday. The air quality was rated hazardous in Eugene and Springfield Sunday.

Inciweb

Oregon is in the thick of active fire season. Nearly 2 dozen blazes are burning around the state. This weekend’s hot, dry conditions make it especially challenging for fire crews.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County has restricted access to Mount Pisgah because of fire danger.

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