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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Fire crews battling the Canyon Creek Complex of fires near John Day say people who've been evacuated for weeks can now return to their homes. Evacuation alerts were lifted Wednesday but some residents must still be on notice to leave if conditions change.

Rachael McDonald

A new survey of University of Oregon students finds a climate of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus. The survey was conducted by a team led by Psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd, with funding from the U of O.

Eugene Weekly

The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the 2009 resisting-arrest conviction of a man who was tased by police at an anti-pesticide rally in Eugene. 

Rachael McDonald

Members of Eugene's Silicone Shire gathered at the University of Oregon Tuesday to talk about opportunities in technology.

NASA Earth Observatory

This weekend the South Willamette Valley was blanketed with smoke from wildfires, mainly burning east of the cascades. Monday, conditions have improved. It's because the wind changed direction.

Jes Burns

The Faculty Union at the University of Oregon has tentatively agreed to a new 3-year contract. A ratification vote is set for October.

The deal includes a 3 and a half percent increase in cost of living raises over the next three years. This is the second contract negotiated by United Academics. Sociology Professor Michael Dreiling is President of the 18-hundred member union. He says before the union formed in 2013, raises for faculty were inconsistent.


Gusty winds and heat are challenging crews fighting fires in the northwest. More than 327-thousand acres are burning in Oregon. And nearly 2-thousand homes are threatened. The Canyon Creek Complex Fire near John Day in eastern Oregon has destroyed 36 homes.

Rachael McDonald

When Eugene's Civic Stadium burned down in late June, it seemed like the whole community felt the blow. It turned out a group of local boys had started the blaze when they were playing with a lighter in the press box at the shuttered wooden ball park. It's uncertain what will happen to these 4 boys, age 10 to 12.


With resources stretched thin across the northwest, fire officials are asking the public to help prevent new fires. Triple-digit temperatures and tinder dry conditions mean just a spark could lead to a major wildfire.

The City of Springfield is facing a first amendment lawsuit from a fired employee. The former multicultural liaison for the police department says she was fired for speaking out about racial profiling.