Rachael McDonald

Reporter / News Host

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.

Ways to Connect

U.S. Coast Guard

As of January 1st, the whole Oregon coast will be open for commercial Dungeness crabbing. It’s one of the most profitable fisheries on the west coast and, the most deadly.

Oregon Employment Department

The employment outlook in Lane County is positive as the New Year gets started.

Jon Rosman / OPB

In the New Year some Oregon cities and counties will be collecting local taxes on recreational marijuana. This voter-approved 3% percent tax is in addition to the state’s 17% retail pot tax that also takes effect on January 1st.

Rachael McDonald

The New Year will bring a prolonged cold snap to Oregon and Washington. We could even see a little snow in the valleys.

Egan Warming Center Facebook Page

More frigid weather is coming to the South Willamette Valley.  The Egan Warming Centers in Eugene and Springfield plan to activate Friday night and be on standby through next week.

Rachael McDonald

Law enforcement personnel all over Oregon are participating in “saturation” patrols for intoxicated drivers. The City of Eugene is trying to make it easier for people out drinking downtown to get taxis so they’re not getting behind the wheel.

Next Step Recycling

After all your holiday gifts have been opened and the tree is starting to droop, its time to consider what to do with the debris of the season.

Rachael McDonald

James Manning was sworn in Friday as Oregon State Senator for District 7. Manning was appointed by the Lane County Board of Commissioners to fill the seat vacated by Chris Edwards.

Greg Keene / Benton County

Benton County  Commissioners this week (12/20) officially declared themselves a “sanctuary” county.

University of Oregon

A University of Oregon Law Professor has been found to have violated the school’s policy against discrimination when she wore blackface for a Halloween costume. The UO released a report on the incident Wednesday.

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