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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Crowds at Sunday’s Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene got to see Rudy Winkler break an American record in the hammer throw. Winkler threw 82.71 meters, beating the previous record of 82.52 set by Lance Deal in 1996.


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The Olympic Track & Field Trials, put off by a year because of the pandemic, are underway at Hayward Field in Eugene. When they’ve been held here in past years, the Eugene area experienced a $37-million economic boost, according to industry experts.

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Olympic gold-medalist and University of Oregon alum English Gardner is preparing for the Olympic Track & Field trials in Eugene after recovering from COVID-19 this spring.

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Several University of Oregon Ducks and alumni are preparing to compete in the Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene starting Friday. 

Oregon Employment Department

Local employers are having a tough time filling positions in restaurants and other service jobs just as the economy eases back open. But, that might change as the state employment department reinstates a rule that was temporarily suspended for the pandemic.

Jennifer Richardson

McKenzie High School’s class of 2021 graduated Saturday in a ceremony at the school gym in Blue River. Many students had lost homes to the Holiday Farm Fire in September.

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University of Oregon senior Carmela Cardama Baez won a national title in the 10-thousand meters Thursday at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.

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Attorneys General from 17 GOP-led states want to intervene in the Juliana v. United States climate lawsuit originally filed in Eugene Federal Court.



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A ruling last week by a magistrate judge may derail the Bureau of Land Management’s plans to log about 100 acres outside Springfield.

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The Bureau of Land Management plans to go ahead with salvage logging of 910 acres in areas burned by the Holiday Farm Fire last September.

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Lane County Public Health hopes to motivate people to get the COVID-19 vaccine this weekend—by offering the chance to win tickets to Duck games or the Olympic trials.

Karl Maasdam / OSU

During their door-to-door sampling this weekend, researchers with the Oregon State University TRACE project will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine door-to-door in Corvallis.

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It may seem like election season never ends if you’ve caught some warring ads on local TV focused on Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio. The Democrat from Springfield said he was targeted by a GOP PAC.

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One year ago, on May 29, 2020, what started as a vigil to observe and mourn the killing of George Floyd turned into a violent destructive demonstration in downtown Eugene.

  KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with Register-Guard reporter Adam Duvernay.


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Some movie theaters are resuming in-person showings as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19. That includes Regal Cinemas in Eugene and Albany, which reopened last weekend.

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The Bureau of Land Management has wrapped up their comment period on a proposal to log 910 acres affected by the Holiday Farm Fire last year. The agency expects to put out a decision by the end of this month.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Last year’s wildfires destroyed thousands of acres of public land in Oregon and much of that remains closed to public access. 

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Amtrak resumed its normal train schedule in Oregon Monday after more than a year of reduced service due to COVID-19. 

Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that the state will offer a lottery program to offer a $1-million grand prize which everyone 18 and over who gets the COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to win. We discuss this with Dr. Patrick Luedtke of Lane County Public Health.

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State leaders hope cash prizes will spur more Oregonians to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Friday, Governor Kate Brown announced a $1-million lottery drawing, called the Take Your Shot Oregon campaign.


KLCC competed in the small newsroom division of the Society for Professional Journalism Region 10 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest for 2020. The contest got more than 3,000 submissions from across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana.

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After last year's Labor Day fires, many Oregonians are dreading wildfire season.  But there are resources to help people prepare.

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Officials from the Oregon Health Authority released updated mask guidelines Tuesday.

Eugene Water & Electric Board

 Salmon are heading up the McKenzie River early this year, and that’s motivated Eugene Water and Electric Board to divert more water to the river to enable their migration.


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Oregonians who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distance. Governor Kate Brown made the announcement via video Thursday.

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A landmark lawsuit that pits 21 young people against the federal government over climate change could be settled in court. Parties agreed to enter settlement discussions during a meeting with a Eugene Federal Judge Thursday.


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The Eugene City Council Monday heard the results of a community engagement effort on public safety priorities.


Three Eugene City Councilors woke Monday morning to find anti-police graffiti sprayed on their homes.

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A measure on the May 18 ballot would increase funding for Oregon State University’s Extension Service in Lane County. The 5-year levy would support the service in more places.



On this week's show, we discuss herd immunity to COVID-19, breakthrough cases, varients, vaccines for younger people and more.