Rachael McDonald

News Director

Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.
Rachael was named KLCC News Director in June, 2018.  From July, 2018 through January, 2019 Rachael served as KLCC's interim Program Director . Rachael has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oregon.

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Ernesto J. Martinez

University of Oregon literature professor Ernesto Javier Martinez wrote a children's book called "When You Love Someone You Sing To Them".  

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Nationally, there’ve been 6 deaths traced to vaping including one in Oregon. Opioid addiction is leading to overflows at a dusk to dawn homeless camp in Eugene. And an update on the case of 400 cats on a Veneta property

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Laurie Trieger filed Thursday to run for the district 3 seat on the Board of Lane County Commissioners. The incumbent, Pete Sorenson, has decided not to run for re-election in 2020.


Local composers and performers will be featured at a concert this weekend at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Local Sounds, Local Stories features the Delgani String Quartet and the work of six Eugene-area composers. 

City of Eugene

Eugene residents will soon be able to put food scraps in their curbside bin along with yard waste for composting. The city-wide program starts October 1st, 2019.

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Eugene residents are fortunate to get their water from the clean, cool McKenzie River. But the city could lose that access in the event of a major disaster. The threat of climate change has also created challenges. 


Democratic U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon Tuesday announced he will introduce legislation to pressure Brazil to fight the wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest and change its environmental policies.  

A fire at the popular hiking spot Mount Pisgah burned more than 50 acres last week, it was caused by a mower.

Springfield’s City Attorney calls for police to wear body cams. An unofficial count tallied more than 38 thousand people who are homeless in the Portland metro area. And we talk with reporter Melorie Begay about her recent reporting on hate crimes in Oregon.

Lane County Parks

A fire that burned nearly 50 acres at the Howard Buford Recreation Area was caused by sparks from a mower Thursday, according to investigators. The Oregon Department of Forestry, in cooperation with Lane County Parks, confirmed it was accidental.

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Workers at McKenzie Willamette Hospital say they may strike.

Last weekend, counter-protesters outnumbered Trump supporters at a rally in downtown Eugene.

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A gun-wielding pro-Trump rally was overwhelmed by counter protestors in downtown Eugene, Saturday. An estimated crowd of 300 people overflowed the Free Speech Plaza onto 8th avenue. Despite one arrest and some heated confrontations, the events remained mostly peaceful.

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Forecasts for thunderstorms have put fire managers on alert for new fire starts, pertussis is confirmed in Lincoln County, local activists respond to the recent mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, and despite those incidents, a pro-Trump group plans to rally in downtown Eugene with their guns. 

KLCC reporters Karen Richards and Brian Bull have been recognized with 2 awards each by the Native American Journalists Association, NAJA.


Updated, Tuesday 6:30 A.M.: the Milepost 97 Fire near Canyonville is 65 percent contained as of Monday evening. It's burned more than 13,000 acres.

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The latest on the Milepost 97 Fire near Canyonville, a teen girls’ fire summer camp, a program to clean-up Eugene sidewalks, and more. 

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While crime isn’t up in Eugene, awareness in some neighborhoods has grown. Home and car break-ins are frequently shared in apps like “nextdoor” and neighborhood Facebook groups. 

Milepost 97 Fire on Facebook

UPDATED 8:30 A.M. Tuesday: the Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville has grown to more than 12,336 acres. As of Tuesday morning, it was 15 percent contained.

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The Eugene 4J school board has a vacancy since Evangelina Sundgrenz departed last month. A board member who recently lost re-election is seeking appointment to the seat.

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Eugene City Councilors vote twice on a resolution condemning white supremacy, Governor Kate Brown signs legislation that changes youth sentencing guidelines, Greenhill Humane Society gets renovated,  Cascadia Subduction Zone, bison, butterflies, and we remember KLCC's Frank Nearing. 

Lane County Sheriff

A local man has gone missing while canoeing on the Willamette River. Kenneth Swanson, 62, was last seen Wednesday morning at the Pengra boat launch near Lowell.

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

No matter how many times you’ve seen “Macbeth,” it’s time to see it again at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This astonishing production is currently playing at the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, but later in the summer it may move indoors if the air is smoky.

City of Newport

The KLCO transmitter in Newport is off the air. The engineer plans to travel to Newport on Monday to repair it. We appreciate your patience as we address this problem.

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The City of Eugene dedicates money to a homeless shelter, but without a location or timeline, Republicans start gathering signatures to recall Democratic Governor Kate Brown, cougars are spotted in Lane County, and we learn about the musical genre Wizard Rock. That's all part of this week's episode of the Northwest Passage. 

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene wants to transform the downtown park blocks into what it calls a “Town Square”.

Will Dowdy is the city’s urban Development Manager. He says the Town Square concept combines energy around the restoration of the downtown park blocks, a permanent home for the Lane County Farmer’s market and a new Eugene City Hall.

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Organizers say the Oregon Country Fair had its largest crowds in decades this weekend in Veneta.  The 3-day festival drew more than 58,474 people.

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The White Bird Clinic provides free or low cost health care for people with low incomes in the Eugene area. They've also been taking care of people's mental and physical health at the Oregon Country Fair since the first fair in 1969. 

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The Oregon legislature is still mopping up after a rancorous session, the Eugene Police Auditor has released a report that paints a not-so-positive picture of the EPD, Oregonians can get a Smokey Bear licence plate, and Jazzercise turns 50 this year along with the Oregon Country Fair. 

The only woman on Oregon’s death row could get a new trial. A judge is expected to throw out the 2011 aggravated murder conviction of Angela McAnulty, a Eugene woman found guilty of torturing, starving, and killing her 15-year-old daughter.

Oregon Bach Festival

Darrell Grant is a jazz pianist, composer, and professor of music at Portland State University. The Territory, his 2013 composition about the geographical and cultural history of the state of Oregon, will be performed on Friday July 12 at the Soreng Theater in Eugene. The concert is part of the Oregon Bach Festival.

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This June marked the 50th anniversary of an exercise program that makes most people think of leotards and leg warmers. But, Jazzercise still has a loyal following and is going strong all over the world. We visited a class in Eugene.