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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Workers with Eugene’s Parks department are erecting fences this week under the freeway bridges that reach across Washington Jefferson Park.

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Emily Semple is the latest to announce she’s running for the Eugene City Council Ward 1 seat being left vacant by George Brown. She kicked off her candidacy Tuesday in Kesey Square.

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Next month, a federal judge in Eugene will hear arguments asking him to dismiss a lawsuit brought by 21 young people against the government demanding it do more to combat climate change. 

The Child Center

The Child Center which provides mental health services for youth in Lane County is fundraising to pay for a new building on its Springfield campus.

Eugene area techies are invited to put their skills to work for the greater good this weekend.

Hack for a Cause is the brainchild of Technology Association of Oregon, the City of Eugene and others. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with organizer Joshua Purvis.

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The Lane County Jail has more than doubled its capacity since voters approved a public safety levy in May of 2013. An additional 20 local beds were recently made available.

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Lane County Commissioners have dropped plans to place a public safety levy on the May 17th ballot. The proposal would have funded more sheriff patrols in the rural communities west of Eugene.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is lowering Cougar Reservoir in order to do what it says is urgently needed repair work.

Lane County Historical Society

An exhibit at the Lane County Historical Museum in Eugene offers a portrait of health care during the pivotal century between 1840 and 1940. Curator Faith Kreskey took KLCC’s Rachael McDonald on a tour.

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A huge piece of fabric from the Super Bowl festivities this weekend in the Bay Area is coming to Eugene.

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