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 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.

Rachael McDonald

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.

Rachael McDonald

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. 

Rachael McDonald

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.

Rachael McDonald

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.

National Parks Service

Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio is critical of President Trump’s plans to turn the festivities in Washington, D.C. into a rally with tanks and aircraft flyovers. 

Love Cross / KLCC

Garth Brooks’ record-breaking concert at Autzen Stadium Saturday brought a lot of tourism to the Eugene and Springfield area.


Instead of incarcerating refugee children from countries like Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio says the U.S. should invest in those countries to reduce violence and poverty. 

City of Springfield

Monday, the Springfield Library opened 2 satellite sites for returning books and other borrowed items. This is part of their efforts to make the library services more accessible. 

Recorded on June 28, 2019

Air Date: July 1, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene: 

Sex trafficking is a form of slavery in which victims are induced to engage in sex through force or fraud. Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable victims and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry. Sex trafficking occurs in many different environments, including the truck stops, strip clubs, hostess clubs, hotels, and motels along the I-5 corridor.

Rachael McDonald

The Republican boycott of climate legislation continues in Salem. We get an update and analysis on the situation that has brought national attention to Oregon. 

Douglas Fire Protective Association

Crews got help from cooler temperatures and rain showers in fighting the Days Coffee Fire yesterday.

Rachael McDonald

A popular hot springs east of Eugene that’s been closed to the public since last summer will re-open July 1st. 

Brian Bull

Oregon's Senate Republicans walk out to avoid voting on a Cap and Trade bill. It's the 2nd time they've wallked out this session. 

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio wants Congress to check President Trump’s actions in regard to Iran. He reintroduced his War Powers bill which clarifies that under the constitution, Congress must authorize military force. 

Doug Nadvornick

The KLCC news team was recognized with three national awards this weekend at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) conference in Washington, D.C.

Springfield Public Library

The Springfield Public Library won’t be exacting quite so many fines on its patrons under a new program. Starting in September they’ll auto-renew materials. That means if you check out a book and forget to renew it or return it in time, you’ve got a little more wiggle room.

Emily David / Springfield Public Library

The Springfield City Council recently decided that it won’t ask voters to help fund a new library… yet.

Rachael McDonald

Starting next month, Eugene movie-goers will have more options downtown. The Broadway Metro is expanding.

Rachael McDonald

Monday night, the Eugene City Council voted 6-2 to approve a new payroll tax.

Rachael McDonald

Nearly $24 million toward public safety could be generated if the Eugene City Council approves a payroll tax Monday

Brian Bull

21 youths suing the government over climate change were in court this week in Portland. We discuss that lawsuit, firefigher health, the heavy grass pollen in the Willamette Valley, the latest from the Oregon legislature and more in this week's podcast. Join KLCC News Director Rachael McDonald, Morning Edition Host Anni Katz, and reporters Brian Bull and Chris Lehman.

Note: The Northwest Passage will be off the week of June 11th - 14th. 

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has a dubious distinction right now. It’s top-ranked nationally as the worst for allergies, according to pollen.com

Rachael McDonald

A 3-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by 21 youth against the federal government over climate change Tuesday in Portland. The government is trying to keep it from going to trial.

Rachael McDonald

2 of the 3 most high-hazard dams in Oregon are in Newport. This week, the public can learn more about the Upper and Lower Big Creek Dams in a public tour.

Alec Cowan / KLCC

On Tuesday, a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a lawsuit against the federal government over climate change. The 21 young people who are suing the government hope to get their case to trial.

Rachael McDonald

For National Get Outdoors Day this Saturday, McKenzie River Trust is opening its largest protected property to the public. The thousand acre site is just north of the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald went to the property and took a walk with McKenzie River Trust Executive Director Joe Moll.

City of Eugene

A segment of Eugene’s riverfront bike path will be closed for two years as the city creates a new park. The closure is expected to begin in about a month.