Rachael McDonald

Reporter / Interim News Director

As of 7/1/17 Rachael is KLCC's interim News Director.  A search for a new News Director will begin soon.

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 returned to KLCC in 2007. She reports on city and county government, politics, the environment, homelessness  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 DeWitt / DolphinSafari.com

A gray whale entangled in a metal frame hasn’t been seen in about a month. It was last spotted off the coast of California and appeared to be heading north, so it could be off Oregon or Washington. Anyone who sees the whale is asked to call the Whale Stranding hotline Phone number: 1-877-767-9425

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Oregon State University will hold a 3-day festival during the August 21st solar eclipse.  They’ll be providing limited lodging in their dorms for visitors.

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A couple of Douglas County residents are hoping to change the way the county’s government works. They’ve filed a home rule charter initiative they hope to get on the November ballot.

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A program that allows people who are on SNAP food assistance to get more fresh produce will continue this year at the Lane County Farmers Market.

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In the May 16th Election, voters in coastal Lincoln County  are considering a ballot measure that would ban aerial spraying of pesticides and herbicides.

City of Springfield

Springfield’s new Police Chief was sworn in Thursday. The new chief isn’t new to town. Richard Lewis has been with the Springfield Police Department for more than 30 years.

Danielle Tinker / Beyond Toxics

A Eugene non-profit is cheering a decision by garden retailers to stop selling pesticides that are dangerous to bees.

Eugene residents can participate in citizen-led neighborhood walking tours this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They’re inspired by Jane Jacobs, a writer who has influenced modern city planning around livable neighborhoods.

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A federal judge in Eugene says the Trump administration is, quote, “putting the cart before the horse” by appealing a climate lawsuit brought by 21 young people. The case has already survived 2 motions for dismissal and is set to go to trial later this year.

Eight people from Middle Eastern countries have been denied visas to come to Eugene to participate in a conference and film festival next week. It’s unclear why the visas were denied since a judge has stayed President Trump’s executive order banning travelers from some Muslim majority countries.

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