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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City of Springfield

At their Tuesday meeting, the Springfield City Council plans to choose an interim mayor to replace Christine Lundberg who stepped down last summer. 

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On this week's Friday show, Lane County Public Health's COVID response Incident Commander Steve Adams and Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke speak with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about the vaccine rollout. 

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Some Oregonians affected by the September wildfires are still without reliable phone service.

Francis Eatherington / Cascadia Wildlands

A Eugene conservation group is concerned about Bureau of Land Management plans to log in areas burned in the September wildfires.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says President Trump has created his own American carnage and the invasion of the Capitol by Trump supporters was domestic terrorism. He spoke with reporters Saturday at a virtual press conference.

KLCC archives

Former KLCC General Manager Jim Dunne has died. He was 96-years-old. 


Rachael McDonald

Hear a conversation with two Eugene doctors who participated in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trials.

Rep. Peter DeFazio

Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio said Donald Trump should be declared unfit for office after the president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday.

Lane County

A new Lane County Commissioner was sworn in and the longest serving commissioner was bid farewell Monday in a virtual “State of the County”.



In the New Year, Peacehealth will begin a revitalization project at its Sacred Heart University District location in Eugene.

Rachael Mcdonald

Less than a week after Lane County hit the milestone of 6,000 positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, the total has grown to 6,437 confirmed and presumptive cases.

Port of Coos Bay

A bill in the relief package approved by Congress on Dec. 21 will provide more reliable funding for harbor maintenance. Oregon 4th District Rep. Peter DeFazio told KLCC he’s been fighting for this provision for 20 years.

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Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio is mostly pleased with the relief package approved by Congress Monday.

Rachael McDonald

Gym owners, staff, and members gathered in Eugene’s Free Speech Plaza Monday to protest the closure of fitness facilities under the governor’s freeze. Gyms are among the businesses shutdown under the latest COVID-19 restrictions.


The Eugene Mission remains on lockdown after 69 positive cases of COVID-19 were discovered there last week.

Florence Chamber of Commerce

Lane County business leaders are calling on the governor and state legislature to provide immediate relief to small businesses. This comes as lawmakers meet for a special session in Salem Monday.

Melorie Begay

Oregon hit yet another grim milestone on Friday. The Oregon Health Authority reports that we’ve surpassed 100,000 cases of COVID-19 statewide. The death toll across the state is 1,304. Here in Lane County, as of Friday, Dec. 18, we have 6,028 cases and 80 people have died.

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A Eugene high-school student got to be on NPR’s Sunday Puzzle this past weekend with puzzle master Will Shortz. We caught up with the 17-year-old Marist senior on what her experience with the segment was like.

Rachael McDonald

COVID-19 has claimed 54 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,214 the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday.

Daren Fuster / Oregon Mozart Players

Want a little music to cheer you up during this pandemic holiday season? The Oregon Mozart Players perform a seasonal concert-- virtually-- of course, starting this weekend [Dec. 19].

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene plans to build a new two-way bikeway along High Street in the downtown. It will connect the Amazon Path to the Riverbank path.


The University of Oregon is offering free testing for COVID-19 this month, at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

The testing is Dec. 14-17, and Dec. 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration is required. More information.

Oregon Health Authority

Oregon health officials say, pending FDA aprroval, the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer are expected to arrive next week. The first allocation of 125,000 doses will go to frontline health care workers and residents of long term care facilities.

Rachael McDonald

COVID-19 has claimed 36 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,080 the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday.

Lane County Jail

A man shot by Eugene Police a week ago in the Whiteaker neighborhood is now being held in the Lane County Jail.

Eugene Mission

The Eugene Mission has secured its campus after identifying its first case of COVID-19 last Wednesday.

Melorie Begay

On this week's show, Dr. Luedtke talks about how Lane County hospitals are doing with the surge in COVID-19 cases. He also answers listener questions about the vaccine, testing, and more. 

Rachael McDonald

Oregon surpassed its thousandth death on Friday, and the state also hit the grim milestone of more than 81,000 Covid-19 cases statewide since the pandemic began. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown described plans Friday to prioritize who will get the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses and how they will be distributed.

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene is seeking proposals for a mixed-income housing development at 11th and Willamette. The former Lane Community College Building there has been vacant for seven years.

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners is seeking public input on redistricting. It will hold a work session Wednesday (Dec. 2) to start the conversation.