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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St Vincent de Paul of Lane County

A new affordable housing complex will have a grand opening Tuesday. The Bascom Village Phase 1 is in North Eugene.

Ian Campbell / Roseburg News-Review

Several events are planned this weekend to raise funds for people affected by the shootings at Umpqua Community College.  Some students organizing a benefit concert would like to see Snyder hall torn down.

Rachael McDonald

A program in Lane County that helps children get ready to be in school got a big infusion of federal money this fall. The Kids in Transition to School program started years ago in Eugene / Springfield and is poised to go county-wide.

Re-Election Campaign

State Representative Val Hoyle filed Thursday to run for Oregon Secretary of State in the 2016 election. Hoyle is in her third term representing West Eugene and Junction City in the legislature.

Eugene 4J School District

A teacher is petitioning for a name change to Eugene's Roosevelt Middle School when it moves into its new building which is currently under construction. The deadline to sign the petition is Friday (Oct. 16).


Tim Wise is one of the nation's foremost anti-racist writers and educators. He'll be speaking at the University of Oregon Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Straub Hall, Room 156. The event is free and welcome to the public.


A new mural was unveiled Wednesday at Sponsors, which provides support for people re-entering society after being in prison.

Friends of Buford Park Mt. Pisgah

Conservation groups have acquired a 62-acre parcel near Mount Pisgah outside Eugene. The former gravel mine will be restored and protected as habitat for fish and wildlife.

Rachael McDonald

Over the weekend memorials were held for 4 of the 9 people killed in the shooting October 1st at Umpqua Community College.

Michael Sullivan, The News-Review

KLCC's Rachael McDonald talks with Desmond O'Boyle about her experience following President Barack Obama during his visit to Roseburg, Friday. Obama called for change and met with state dignitaries.