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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Rachael McDonald

Eugene Police will have extra officers on patrol when Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump comes to Eugene Friday.

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Three Democrats and two Republicans are running for Oregon Secretary of State. Jeanne Atkins was appointed to the position after Kate Brown became governor last year. Atkins does not plan to run for the seat. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with OPB political reporter Jeff Mapes to find out more about the candidates and issues in the race.

Eugene 4J

For the first time in 8 years, the Eugene 4J District won’t have to cut any school days next year. The Superintendent’s budget for the upcoming academic year calls for more school counselors.

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Oregon voters who changed their party affiliation in the weeks before the April 26th registration deadline may receive two ballots.

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Oregonians will vote in the presidential primary on May 17th. We checked in with some University of Oregon students, many of whom are voting for the first time.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Three Oregon lawmakers have been hit with an ethics complaint filed by environmentalists. It was filed Monday with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission against three representatives who helped pass the so-called wolf delisting bill in February.

Eugene Police are investigating what they call a bias crime against a 15-year old African-American boy. Police say the boy was chased by two white men who he felt were trying to assault him.

Bethel School District

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has tapped Eugene’s Bethel School Superintendent Colt Gill to be the state’s first Education Innovation Officer. Gill will work to improve graduation rates.

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Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally in Springfield Thursday. The campaign says about 8,000 people attended the event at Island Park.

Julie Garton

Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a wide ranging speech Thursday at a rally in Springfield. The campaign says a crowd of 8-thousand people showed up at an Island Park.