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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Unemployment went up last month in Lane County. The rate rose from 4.8% in May to 5.5% in June.

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Bernie Sanders supporters made their frustration known on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Even when Sanders spoke, he received boos when he pledged his support for Hillary Clinton.

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The Eugene City Council voted 5-3 Monday to give a Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturer 2 extra years of property tax exemptions. Broadcom, formerly Avago Technologies bought the former Hynix plant last year for $21 million.

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Eugene’s Matt Keating took the train across the country to attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Lane Transit District won a grant of nearly $3.5 million to purchase five zero-emission electric buses. Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio announced the Department of Transportation funding on Thursday. 

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For 23 years, the University of Oregon student radio station operated out of a former women’s bathroom in a hard-to-find hallway of the Erb Memorial Union. Now, with the renovation of the EMU, KWVA has moved into brand-new studios

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Oregon’s unemployment rate went up slightly last month. The state employment department says it was 4.8 % in June. Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, says the summer season is one factor.

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Springfield residents will vote on two tax measures in November. One is a gas tax for street repairs. The other is a local tax on pot sales.

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Eugene police and community leaders say they won’t tolerate hate and will work to improve relations between police and the minority community. They held a press conference Wednesday in response to recent national events.

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Two more Oregon athletes are going to Rio. Former Duck Jenna Prandini hit the ground at the finish line, but she came in 3rd in the 200 meter women’s final, making the Olympic team Sunday.

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