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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The waiting list for a federal program that helps people pay utility bills opens Monday in Lane County. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via CDC

Health officials say a teen girl from eastern Oregon has contracted the bubonic plague. Officials say the Crook County girl is believed to have gotten the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip.

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Lane County Health officials say Norovirus is the most likely cause of more than one hundred teachers and students becoming ill Thursday at O'Hara Catholic School in Eugene. The school is closed Friday and likely to re-open next week.

Rachael McDonald

Benton County voters are being asked to fund a new jail. The measure is a $25-million bond to build a 110-bed jail near Philomath. It would replace the aging facility adjacent to the courthouse in downtown Corvallis.

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There's a town hall meeting Thursday evening in Eugene to talk about gun violence. Lane Community College Board Chair Tony McCown is hosting the event. He was at Thurston High School when Kip Kinkle opened fire in 1998, killing two students.

Ceasefire Oregon Executive Director Penny Okamoto will be at the Town Hall, along with elected officials.
The meeting is at the First Christian Church beginning at 6 p.m.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene voters have just one issue to decide in the November 3rd Special Election. It's a levy to expand hours and services at the public library and its branches. It seems like a slam dunk, but critics have raised questions.

Kyra Buckley

The Eugene City Council Wednesday approved a resolution to declare the urgency of the housing and homelessness crisis and ask Governor Kate Brown to help.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene Civilian Review Board found Tuesday that an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a veteran was justified. Brian Babb was shot and killed by a Eugene Police officer responding to a 911 call on March 30th.

Lane County

Lane County has updated its human rights plan. It was approved unanimously by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

City of Eugene

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy wants Governor Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency in response to the housing crisis in Oregon.