Rachael McDonald

Interim Program Director

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.

Rachael was named News Director in June, 2018.  She was immediately named interim Program Director until a permanent PD is hired. 

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Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines will end its non-stop flights between Eugene and San Jose at the end of August. The change comes during a global pilot shortage.

Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team

Conservation groups are suing to stop a timber sale on more than 800 acres of forest service land east of Cottage Grove.

Art Robinson for Congress/Brian Bull / Campaign Facebook page/KLCC

Congressman Peter DeFazio says he takes seriously the challenge from Republican Art Robinson in the November election.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene voters Tuesday rejected both city auditor proposals on the primary ballot.

Election Summary
Lane County Primary Election, May 15, 2018
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Some University of Oregon students held a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the Nakbah. Nakbah refers to the exodus of some 700-thousand Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 when Israel was founded.

The deadline to vote in the primary election is tonight at 8 p.m.

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Eugene Water and Electric Board is going to Lane County Circuit Court later this month to defend its release of pricing information about its contract with a smart meter manufacturer.

University of Oregon

The Eugene City Council will not designate the iconic east grandstand at Hayward Field as an historic site. At their work session Wednesday the council voted 5 to 1 in favor of a motion not to designate.

Brian Bull

The power outage that put KLCC off the air for about 10 minutes last Friday was caused by a bird.

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Eugene voters are considering two competing performance auditor proposals on the May 15th ballot. Measure 20-283 would establish an elected auditor. Measure 20-287 is for an auditor who’s appointed by the City Council. 

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The now-adult victim of years of sexual abuse by her high school principal is suing the Springfield School District and its former superintendent for 5-million dollars. The suit was filed in federal court on Monday.

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Comedian Paula Poundstone is coming to the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday May 12th.

The Eugene 4J School Board says they’re not going to arm teachers. Despite the Trump Administration’s call to do so. Board members discussed a draft resolution on school safety at their Wednesday meeting.

Eugene Opera

Last year, financial problems nearly put the Eugene Opera out of business. But it was able to pay off its debts with the community’s help. This weekend, the Eugene Opera performs Maria de Buenos Aires in the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater.

Christie Johnson / US Army Corps of Engineers

Land managers in the South Willamette Valley say people are illegally harvesting large numbers of Oregon grape plants from public lands.

Springfield Public Schools

Springfield School District Superintendent Sue Rieke-Smith announced Monday she will leave her job at the end of the school year.

Centers for Disease Control

Public health officials are concerned about an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, at Sheldon High School in Eugene.

Neighborhood Anarchists Collective

On Tuesday, International Worker’s Day, Eugene activists are holding a solidarity share fair. It offers free essentials for people who are unhoused.

Eugene 4J

This week, people in west Eugene were confronted by a rash of hate graffiti. It was painted over after Eugene officials were alerted by the public.

Eugene Police

A dog who had been found with stab wounds earlier this month in Eugene is recovering.

KLCC was awarded a 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Brian Bull's report All Ears on Deck! A Gallery of Noises From the Ocean Deep.  The award, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association, is for Excellence in Sound.

Rachael McDonald

Candidates for the Springfield seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioners squared off Thursday at the Springfield City Club. Among other things, they sparred over the citizen initiative process.

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School supporters in the Douglas County community of Oakland are hoping to convince voters to help pay for a new high school. A bond levy is on the May 15th primary ballot.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council may require 1-thousand foot buffer zones between marijuana retailers. The council voted 6 to 2 Wednesday to draft an ordinance.

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene and Eugene Water and Electric Board have finalized a deal for 16-acres of riverfront property.

Eugene 4J

A proposal by Eugene 4-J to establish a common schedule across the school district has drawn criticism. A community forum is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

Rachael McDonald

Advocates for two competing Eugene City Auditor measures on the May 15th ballot squared off at the City Club of Eugene Friday.

Rachael McDonald

A Federal Magistrate judge in Eugene Thursday set a trial date for a case that pits 21 young people against the Trump Administration over climate change.  But, attorneys for the government will likely try to delay or prevent the trial from taking place.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene has made changes to what it accepts in your recycling bin. The changes, effective Monday (April 9, 2018) are in response to fluctuations in the international market for plastics.

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