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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Craig's List

A woman who was arrested by Eugene Police earlier this month says her dog died while she was in jail.  The homeless woman had left her dog in her car while riding her bike to a donut shop, according to a posting on Craig's List.

Corey Arnold / Birding Without Borders

Eugene birder Noah Strycker has achieved his goal of seeing 5,000 different birds during his international "Big Year" of birding.

City of Sweet Home

For a small community in Linn County, the outcome of the November Special Election could have huge consequences. Sweet Home voters are considering two local option levies to fund city services.

Rachael McDonald

Wine grape growers in the South Willamette Valley wrapped up harvest a few weeks ago. It was ahead of schedule this year due to the early onset of heat this summer. Oregon winemakers are pleased with the flavor and yield of this year's grapes.

South Lane Fire & Rescue

Voters in Creswell and Cottage Grove are considering a bond measure in next month's special election. Measure 20-237 would fund new equipment for South Lane County Fire and Rescue.

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 3 Wednesday to slow down discussion of zoning changes in south Eugene.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County has completed safety improvements along Row River Road in Cottage Grove where a bike/ pedestrian trail intersects it.
Officials held a ribbon cutting Wednesday. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Lydia McKinney, Transportation Planning Manager for Lane County.

City of Eugene

A new grant program, authorized by the 2015 state legislature, helps pay for tuition at Oregon community colleges.


The Eugene airport plans to move a popular art installation during a construction project. This has caused some concern in the community, but the "flying people" aren't going away.

Rachael McDonald

Last November, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged Mayors around the country to "make a commitment to end veteran homelessness in 2015." The mayors of Eugene and Springfield rose to the challenge and progress has been made over the past year in "Operation 365". There is still a lot of work to do to house veterans in our community.