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.


November 2014 Election
10:58 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Springfield Again Asks Voters To Fund School Improvements

Measure 20-226 would fund a new Hamlin Middle School and also pay for improvements to Springfield's other aging school buildings.
Credit Angela Kellner / KLCC

Springfield Public Schools are once again asking voters to approve a bond to fund improvements to the district's aging schools. Last year, a similar measure was defeated by just 446 votes. This time, backers say they’ve made some changes to Measure 20-226.

The district asked voters why they said no last year to a school bond measure. Springfield Schools spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge says the previous bond focused mainly on funding a new Hamlin Middle School.

Read more
November 2014 Election
5:23 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Candidates For Oregon's 4th District Square Off

Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio (left), Green Party Candidate Michael Bielstein (center), and Republican Art Robinson at the University of Oregon Law School.
Credit John Stark / KLCC

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio and his Republican challenger Art Robinson traded barbs Wednesday night in a debate at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene. They were joined by Green Party candidate Michael Bielstein discussing topics including funding for rural counties, liquefied natural gas terminals, oil trains, climate change and education.

Read more
12:20 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Lane County High Schoolers Can Experience A Day In The Life Of A Utility Worker

EWEB is hosting a career fair Thursday for high school students to learn about construction, road maintenance and utilities jobs.
Credit EWEB

The Eugene Water and Electric Board will host the construction and utilities career fair Thursday for Lane County high school students. 

More than 500 Lane County high school students will have the opportunity to work in construction, utility trade and road maintenance for a day. Joe Harwood, spokesman for EWEB says the idea is to inspire young people to pursue this kind of career.

Read more
Crime & Law
11:40 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Police Seek Help in 40 Year Old Missing Person Case

Martha Morrison went missing in 1974 at age 17.
Credit Clark County Sheriff's Office

Police in Clark County, Washington are seeking the public's help to solve a 40 year old case of a missing woman. At age 17, Martha Marie Morrison went missing in 1974 in Portland. She had roots in Lane County and Corvallis. Police have found human remains of two females in the Dole Valley area of Clark County. They've identified one body and they suspect the other might be Morrison.

[Cold Case Tip Line: (360) 397-2036
Email: coldcase@clark.wa.gov]

Read more
Lane County
11:01 am
Tue October 14, 2014

County Seeks Public Input on Large Events

Emerald Meadows at the Mt Pisgah Buford Park Recreation Area.
Credit Rachael McDonald

After outcry from neighbors of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah, Lane County has canceled large events at Emerald Meadows for 2015. Meanwhile it's gathering public input on how to manage such gatherings at County parks in the future.

Read more
Oregon State University
12:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

OSU Grows With Top Rated Ecampus

Inside Oregon State's College of Engineering.
Credit OSU

Oregon State University has a growing Ecampus, or on-line degree program, that's ranked among the top 10 nationally. The school has been experiencing an enrollment boom over the last decade and is trying to accommodate students by broadening options.

Read more
Marijuana Tax
10:14 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Eugene City Council Considers Pot Tax

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Eugene is among many cities and counties in Oregon considering a tax on recreational marijuana. The City Council wants to hear from the public before the November Election.

Read more
Lane County
12:31 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Lane County Board Moves Ahead With Pot Tax

Credit Mjpresson Wikimedia

The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to move forward with a local tax on recreational marijuana. The tax would be conditional on Oregon voters approving Measure 91, which would legalize recreational pot.  Commissioner Pete Sorenson was the only no vote. The board had been considering taxing medical marijuana as well but decided not to do so.

The board will hold public hearing on the proposed ordinance at its regular meeting next Tuesday.

Read more
12:23 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

EWEB Chooses UO Foundation To Develop Riverfront Site

Rendering of the UO Foundation's vision for the EWEB riverfront property.
Credit UO Foundation

Eugene Water and Electric has chosen the University of Oregon Foundation as developer of its property along the Willamette River. EWEB Commissioners made the selection from three candidates at their Tuesday meeting.

The vote was 4 to 0. Joe Harwood is spokesman for EWEB. He says commissioners felt the U of O Foundation has a long term commitment to the community.

Read more
November 2014 Election
2:27 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Senator Elizabeth Warren Rallies For Merkley in Eugene

Credit Merkley campaign

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren rallied a crowd of Democratic Party faithful for Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley Monday. She spoke at the University of Oregon.

Read more