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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On this week's Friday show we talk about the latest data on COVID-19 vaccine efficasy, break-through cases among people who've been vaccinated, and more.

Jenny Ulum / King Estate Winery


One of Oregon’s largest wineries has told its workers they must show proof they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine by May 20th. Many workplaces are considering this as pandemic restrictions loosen.


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An Oregon Senate Committee could vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to establish safe staffing ratios at the state’s long-term care facilities. Problems with staffing became more apparent because of the pandemic. 



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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants public input on land acquisitions in the Fern Ridge area west of Eugene. The parcels would be accessible to the public and be part of the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program.


On this week's show, we talk with Dr. Patrick Luedtke Lane County's Senior Public Health Officer about the latest information on case counts in the county, new cases among school-age kids, long COVID, vaccines, and more. 

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Someone has been putting up what look like historical plaques around the city of Springfield. But they aren’t official, and tell some pretty exaggerated tales of some of the early residents of the community. 

Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Health Authority Wednesday announced that 20 Oregon counties can expand their vaccine eligibility.  


Onward Eugene

The Blue River community will get more resilient internet access thanks to a national grant announced Tuesday. The rural area was devastated by the Holiday Farm Fire last September.

City of Springfield

Springfield Police Chief Rick Lewis has been placed on administrative leave while the city conducts an administrative personnel investigation.

On this week's show, we learn about a federally grant funded project called RADx UP [Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underrepresented People}. It's a collaboration between researchers at the University of Oregon and other agencies. They're offering free COVID-19 testing in communities that otherwise might not have access to testing. 


Benton County officials are warning of a scam related to vaccine clinics at Reser Stadium.

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A Lane County jury found a homeless activist who challenged a curfew in Eugene’s Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza guilty of misdemeanor trespass this week. The challenge was based on the first amendment.


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More than six months after the devastating wildfires of September 2020, researchers at Oregon State University are studying the impacts of the fires on watersheds and forests. 



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Eugene saw a record number of people sign up for plots at its community gardens this year. The demand may have something to do with the pandemic. 

Whitney Donielson

KLCC listener Whitney Donielson sent this voice memo to KLCC about how she's been spending her time during the past year. 

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On this week's Friday show KLCC's Rachael McDonald is joined by Lane County Public Health's Public Information Officer, Jason Davis. 

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Springfield Police say their investigation into the death of Richard Marshall led them to Reedsport Tuesday.


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Attorneys in a federal climate lawsuit filed by 21 youth have asked Eugene District judge Ann Aiken to let them amend their complaint. The change could allow them to have their case heard in court.


For the first time since August of 2020, Springfield has a full city council and mayor.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On this week's show, Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke talks about coronavirus variants, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and more, including questions from KLCC listeners.

Lane Community College

Holli Johnson was appointed to the Lane Community College Board of Education this week. She was chosen by unanimous vote by the board to fill the Zone 1 seat.


Rachael McDonald

Community leaders voiced a message of unity against hate Thursday. This after recent acts of vandalism targeting people of color in Eugene.

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The University of Oregon plans to resume most in-person classes in fall 2021.


Damien Pitts

In a unanimous decision, Springfield City Councilors Monday selected Damien Pitts to represent Ward 1 on the council.


Eugene Police are investigating hate graffiti on a large mural at Community Alliance of Lane County, CALC. The incident was reported on Friday by a CALC employee.

Onward Eugene

A $500-thousand grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce will help entrepreneurs and startup companies in Eugene. The initiative is aimed at helping the economy bounce back from the pandemic.


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Last week (Feb. 19, 2021), the city of Eugene allowed a deadline to renew a franchise agreement with NW Natural gas to lapse. City leaders want to leverage the agreement toward their carbon reduction goals.


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On this week's show we talk with clinical psychologist Dr. Shin Shin Tang with Oregon Mind Body Institute about mental health care and we put listener questions on the vaccine and Covid-19 to Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health.

Dan Gleason

An outbreak of bacterial illness in finches has spurred some bird lovers to take down their backyard feeders. But local Eugene avian experts say that’s not necessary.



Eugene Police are seeking the public’s help in finding those responsible for more than a dozen recent incidents of tire-slashing.