Rachael McDonald

Reporter / News Host

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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Oregon State University / oregonstate.edu

An Oregon State University student is hospitalized with a confirmed case of meningitis. Officials are seeking any individuals who’ve been in close contact with the student.

Knopf Doubleday

A former U.S. diplomat spoke Monday with University of Oregon law students about how national security and foreign policy might play out under a President Donald Trump.
J. Kael Weston spent 7 years in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the State Department. He says it’s hard to know how Trump will approach international affairs.

Rachael McDonald

Two days after a man who denies climate science was elected President of the United States, a federal judge in Eugene says she won’t dismiss a lawsuit filed by 21 young people. The kids are suing the federal government for not doing enough to combat climate change.

Rachael McDonald

On Veteran’s Day, Friday, the City of Springfield will unveil a new Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial at Willamalane Park.

Rachael McDonald

A measure that supporters say would have saved Douglas County Libraries failed to pass in Tuesday’s election. Measure 10-145 would have created a special funding district to finance the library system.

Rachael McDonald

Hundreds of South Eugene High School students walked out of class today [Wednesday] in protest of the election of Donald Trump as President. They rallied at the University of Oregon and then marched to Kesey Square.

University of Oregon

University of Oregon President Michael Schill says he is saddened and angered that a law professor donned blackface to host a Halloween party.

Brian Bull

The Secretary of State says, as of Monday, more than half of Oregonians who are eligible to vote in the Tuesday election have cast their ballots.

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon Law Professor who has been called on to resign after wearing black-face on Halloween has released a statement.

Lane Community College

A Lane Community College instructor hopes the outcome of her Title IX lawsuit settlement will help improve safety on campus. The instructor sued after she says administrators failed to address her concerns about a male student who stalked her.

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