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 Eugene Water and Electric Board Thursday selected Frank Lawson as General Manager. Lawson, who is a Eugene native, currently serves as EWEB’s Electrical Systems Engineering Supervisor.

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The University of Oregon is in the national news again, not in a good way. Hundreds of students left a huge mess on an island in Northern California’s Shasta Lake.

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Eugene’s drinking water is among the best in the nation. That’s according to the Eugene Water and Electric Board’s annual quality report release this week.

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The 400 students at Howard Elementary in Eugene are spending their last couple of weeks in their old facility. Next fall, they’ll start classes in a new, modern building. Generations of students and teachers will bid farewell to the old school Wednesday evening.

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The University of Oregon Women’s Golf Team made it to the semifinals at the NCAA Championships underway at the Eugene Country Club. They lost to UCLA Tuesday.The men’s competition gets underway Thursday.

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UPDATE: The Eugene City Council got input Monday night from the public on projects for urban renewal funding. Dozens of people urged the council to prolong the district according to the Register Guard.

The Eugene City Council wants input on proposed projects for urban renewal district funding downtown. It’s holding a public hearing Monday.

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Officials have drafted a management plan for one of the most popular hiking spots around Eugene / Springfield. The public can comment on the future of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah in several ways.

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Tuesday, Lane County voters approved a property tax levy for Oregon State University Extension by 70 percent.

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Hillary Clinton lost to Bernie Sanders in the Oregon Primary Tuesday. But her supporters are confident she will be the Democratic Presidential nominee.

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As expected, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump was the winner in Oregon's primary Tuesday.  Trump supporters gathered at a victory party in Eugene to watch returns.

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