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.


University of Oregon
1:21 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

U of O Survey Looks At Climate Of Sexual Assault

Credit Jes Burns

One in ten female students at the University of Oregon has been raped. That's one of the findings of a survey of the sexual assault climate on campus.

The survey also found that 35 percent of female students at the U of O have had non-consensual sexual experiences. The survey was done by psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd with PhD students Carly Smith and Marina Rosenthal. Rosenthal says the numbers weren't surprising.

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Marijuana Tax
7:18 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Lane County Considers Pot Tax

The Lane County Board is the latest local government considering imposing a tax on marijuana.

Commissioners Tuesday directed staff attorneys to draft an ordinance that would put a tax on recreational and medical marijuana if Oregon voters approve a pot legalization measure in November.  Commissioner Faye Stewart said he sees this as an opportunity.

Stewart: "I have heard from folks in my travels that when it comes to public safety funding look for new sources. So I see this as a potential opportunity for public safety funding, if this was a viable option."

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Arts & Culture
10:09 am
Tue September 30, 2014

The Woman Who Brought The Dalai Lama To Eugene Has Died

Lady Palma with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Credit sakyausa.com

The woman who was instrumental in bringing the Dalai Lama to Eugene has died. Lady Palmo, also known as Amala, lived in Cottage Grove.

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Security Forum
12:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Forum To Address Homeland Security

Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner (right) with Dr. Ronald Graham, director of Criminal Justice at Northwest Christian University.
Credit Rachael McDonald / KLCC

A panel of experts on counter-terrorism and intelligence will be sharing their knowledge this week at a forum on Homeland Defense and Security.

Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner will moderate the forum.  He says it's an opportunity for people to learn more from law enforcement about how they deal with terrorist threats.

Turner: "Everything from cyber issues that all of us face to more tacit, on-the-ground type thing, where, you know, suspicious package. We'll take 'em all on. And it ends up being a nice, comfortable place to air some of those concerns."

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South Lane School District
12:38 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Some Parents Object To Drug-testing Policy At South Lane

South Lane now requires drug-testing for student-athletes at Cottage Grove High School
Credit South Lane School District

Some parents of South Lane Students are concerned about a new drug testing policy at the District. They question whether the proposal was really student-driven.

The policy, enacted in August, requires drug-testing for athletes at Cottage Grove High School. South Lane Superintendent Krista Parent says the idea came from students who are part of the High School's Athletes Council.

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Crime & Law
1:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Lane County Sheriff Warns of Mail Thefts

The Lane County Sheriff's office has received multiple reports of recent mail theft. Sergeant Carrie Carver says the thefts have been widespread throughout the county.

Carver: "A lot of times you don't even know if you are the victim of mail theft. Somebody can just come along and take items out of your mailbox, which is really particularly scary, but it can result in the loss of money, potential identity theft and that can be really costly and frustrating and time-consuming."

Carver says people can reduce their risk of being the victim of mail theft.

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Track & Field
11:55 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Eugene Submits Bid To Host World Championships

Hayward Field could host the World Junior Track & Field Championships in 2019.
Credit oregon14.com

Eugene is in the running to host the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2019. If it's selected, this would be the first time it's been has been held in the U.S. since the event began in 1983.

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Eugene City Hall
4:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Council Approves A New Eugene City Hall Building, Again

The Eugene City Council voted 6-2 Wednesday to tear down City Hall and build a new one.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council re-affirmed Wednesday it wants to tear down the old city hall and construct a new $15-million building on the same site. The vote was 6 to 2.

The city held a ceremony a few weeks ago marking the start of demolition of the 50-year old city hall building at 8th and Pearl. But the event was marred by protestors who want to keep the old structure, and questions came up about the decision making process. Council President Chris Pryor says the council wanted to clarify its plans.

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10:14 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Sad-looking Shorebirds On Oregon Beaches Should Be Left Alone

This time of year Common Murre's are fledging. Not all of them make it.
Credit Rachael McDonald

People walking Oregon's beaches this fall may come across juvenile shorebirds that seem to be distressed or ill. Wildlife experts say it's best to leave them be.

The Common Murre is a small shorebird with black and white feathers, kind of like a mini- penguin. This time of year, the young ones have just fledged and are learning to feed themselves.
Laura Todd is with US Fish and Wildlife's Newport field office. She says some of them don't survive. If you come across a bird that's not moving and seems weak and unwell…

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Climate Change
8:17 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Eugene Teen Featured On National TV Talk Show

South Eugene High School graduate Kelsey Juliana appeared on the public television show Moyers and Company this week.
Credit Billmoyers.com

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Eugene Sunday to rally for more action on climate change. This is in solidarity with a Global Climate march focused on the United Nations Climate Summit taking place this week in New York.

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