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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Ecotrust Forest Management

The Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians has acquired a 125 acre wetland area on the central coast between Florence and Reedsport. They plan to restore salmon habitat on the property.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will retire from her post at the end of the year. With 12 years in office she’s the city’s 2nd longest serving mayor of Eugene.  She spoke with KLCC’s Rachael McDonald.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council received an earful last night (Monday) during its public forum about a recent police incident at the downtown park blocks. Last Friday, when police arrested two men for drug dealing, a large crowd gathered, yelling obscenities and taunting officers. 

Rachael McDonald

The only contested Eugene City Council race in the November election is for Ward 1. Candidates Emily Semple and Joshua Skov faced off at a City Club forum Friday.

Rachael McDonald

A project that would provide housing to homeless high schoolers in Eugene is moving forward thanks to federal funds approved this week.

Edward Teague / WEGroup Architects & Planners

The conversation about a new Eugene City Hall keeps getting more complicated. At a City Council work session Wednesday councilors expressed interest in revisiting the EWEB building. Moving city hall there was rejected several years ago because of cost.

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene wants to improve its downtown public spaces. They’re hoping people will get involved with several upcoming events.

Wolf
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Based on a recent poll, most Oregonians feel the state took wolves off the endangered species list too early. Conservation groups commissioned the poll.

John Stark

Democratic Governor Kate Brown, Republican Bud Pierce and Independent Cliff Thomason debated Thursday, October 6th at Churchill High School in Eugene.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio traded jabs over funders with Republican challenger Art Robinson at a City Club of Eugene forum Friday.

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