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 University of Oregon is considering a tuition increase. The Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the proposal this week.

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79 non-tenured faculty members at the University of Oregon’s largest college have received the news that they’re out of a job next year. The move is part of an overall re-structuring taking place at the U of O.

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A group of University of Oregon students is holding a sit-in at Johnson Hall on campus. They want the U of O Foundation to divest from fossil fuels.

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Crews are working to clear Sunday’s landslide on coastal highway 101 north of Florence. The road isn’t expected to reopen until Tuesday.

Lane Community College

Thousands of applicants have signed up for a new program that helps Oregonians get a free community college education. The deadline to apply for Oregon Promise grants is March 1st.

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State public health officials are still looking into an outbreak of norovirus that was traced to raw oysters from Yaquina Bay. Oregon Oyster Farms of Newport has issued a recall of oysters with sell-by dates of February 19th through March 8th.

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The Eugene Mission is the only drop-in night shelter for homeless adults in Lane County. In recent years, the Christian organization has developed the “Life Change Program” to help people deal with addiction and other problems. It’s not easy.

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A program that offers Lane County children tools to prepare for kindergarten has received federal money to expand to more school districts. The funds will total $3 million over three years.

This is the final week for families in the Eugene 4J district to make their choices about which school they’d like their children to attend.

Rachael McDonald / Hoodoo Ski Area

The National Weather Service says Oregon’s Cascade Mountains are at 105 percent of normal for snowpack at this time of year. That’s making snow enthusiasts happy.

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