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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Rowell Brokaw Architects

The Cascadia subduction zone is likely to rupture sometime in the next 50 years causing major devastation to the northwest. Eugene leaders may decide this week whether to spend extra money to build the new City Hall to withstand an earthquake.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor Kate Brown rode a rapid transit bus from Springfield to Eugene Monday. She wants to build support for transportation funding in the state.

Rachael McDonald

University of Oregon students held a “mock wedding” Thursday. The event marked the end of Divest UO’s 9 week sit-in at the administration building on campus.

Bonneville Power Administration

Thanks to a wet winter, the Bonneville Power Administration says this will be a “normal” water year for the northwest. That’s an improvement over last year.

The Radio Television Digital News Association, RTDNA, has recognized KLCC’s Angela Kellner with a regional Edward R. Murrow award for her story “Oregon Medical Cannabis: One Family’s Search For Seizure Relief”.

Oregon Employment Department

The unemployment rate in Lane and Douglas Counties continues to drop. The economy is getting better and more people are retiring.

Umpqua Community College

Umpqua Community College has named Dr. Debra Thatcher as its next president. The UCC Board of Trustees announced their decision Monday.

Umpqua Community College

Umpqua Community College is closer to finding a president. Two finalists for the job visited the Roseburg campus this week.
The school has been led by interim presidents since June 2015

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council voted Wednesday to sell city property to a developer that wants to put workforce housing downtown. But, the proposed 5-story project would interfere with KLCC’s air signal.

Lyle Rudensey

People who use Oregon and Washington’s Death with Dignity laws have, for years, used a high dose of sleeping pills to end their lives. But that medication has skyrocketed in price over the last year. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald has this personal perspective of a family member choosing to end their life.

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