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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Lane County has asked the state for a refrigerated mobile morgue. The need comes with an increase in deaths associated with COVID-19 and other causes.


On the Friday show this week, Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health talks about the potential for the Delta surge to fade, the recent news on booster shots, vaccine and testing access for rural Lane County, and more questions from KLCC listeners.

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Eugene homeowners have more options when it comes to adding smaller structures to their properties. The City Council Wednesday (9/15/2021) approved an ordinance loosening restrictions on accessory dwelling units or ADUs.

Rachael Perry / Eugene Public Library

Need wifi? The Eugene Public Library is now offering wifi hotspots for check-out. The program is aimed at bridging the digital divide.


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The Oregon Salmon Commission and coastal lawmakers want Governor Kate Brown to request federal disaster relief for the state’s coastal salmon fisheries for the past three years. 


Rachael McDonald

Over the weekend, Oregon surpassed 300,000 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Dawn Lesley

The spring of 2022 may seem far away, but Eugene resident Dawn Lesley is eyeing the May primary election. She’s filed to run for Lane County Commissioner, position one.

University of Oregon

Eugene 4J and Bethel School Districts have opted-in to a voluntary weekly testing program for COVID-19. It’s administered by the University of Oregon in partnership with Oregon Health Authority.  



The Oregon Football team beat Ohio State 35 to 28 Saturday in Columbus. This was the number 12 Ducks first win against the 3rd ranked Buckeyes after losing in the nine previous games between the two teams. 

City Club of Eugene

Speakers: Lyllye Reynolds-Parker, Civil Rights Activist and Educator; Vera Keller, Associate Professor  of History, University of Oregon; and Joel Iboa, Oregon Just Transition Alliance

Peacehealth and Lane County

We focus on kids this week on the Friday Show on KLCC. This week, the Oregon Health Authority described an “explosion” of pediatric cases of Covid-19, as kids go back to in-person school. Dr. Serena Black, pediatric hospitalist with Peachealth, and Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health, spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald and answered listener questions about coronavirus, pediatric cases, vaccines, in-person school and more.

Eugene 4J Schools

Like many school districts across the country, Eugene 4J is coping with a staffing shortage for bus drivers. The district has made adjustments as the school year begins.



Jen Wright

This summer, KLCC was pleased to have news reporting intern Jen Wright through the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism.


Monoclonal antibody treatment is now available at Peacehealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. The treatment is for patients with COVID-19 who are at risk for severe complications.


Lane Community College

The surge in Covid-19 cases in Lane County has prompted Lane Community College to move to mostly remote classes this fall. The announcement came Tuesday.


Karen Richards

Residents in the South Willamette Valley are experiencing unhealthy air quality Friday and it’s expected to stick around through Saturday afternoon.

Delta has changed everything. That’s what Governor Kate Brown said several weeks ago. Oregon’s hospitals are in crisis as Covid-19 patients continue to sicken and die. In Lane County, we’ve averaged 200 new coronavirus cases per day in the last two weeks.

Rachael McDonald

Some parents of Eugene 4J students are asking the district to postpone the first day of school as the Delta variant surges through Lane County. A petition is circulating to push for the delay. 



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Oregon U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio received the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation Integrity in Politics Award Wednesday.


Douglas Forest Protective Association

Officials say the Skyline Ridge Complex of fires in southern Douglas County is 100% contained. The complex of 19 lightning-caused fires started on August 1st and burned more than 57-hundred acres.


Rachael McDonald

National Guard members arrived Monday at Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield. The hospital, like many in Oregon, is coping with the surge in COVID-19 patients due to the DELTA variant.

Mercy Health Center

A patient with COVID-19 died Wednesday while waiting for an intensive care unit bed at Mercy Health Hospital in Roseburg.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County hospitals are at capacity with COVID-19 patients and the problem is expected to worsen in the coming weeks.

Karen Richards

Smoke from area wildfires is affecting air quality in many parts of the region today. In Eugene / Springfield, the Air Quality Index was in the “unhealthy range Thursday afternoon.  

Emily David

Another heat wave is forecast for the region this week with temperatures expected to climb into the 100s Wednesday through Friday. Here are some places that people can go to cool off:

ODF-Western Lane District on Facebook

As of midnight Tuesday western Lane County is in “extreme” (RED) for public use fire restrictions. 


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH / Flickr.com

The Oregon Health Authority reported 3,229 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, Monday. The case count includes new infections recorded since last Friday.  

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Last week, (8/4/21) Lane County Commissioners approved a $15-dollar an hour minimum wage for county employees. The vote was 4 to 1.

Whiteaker Block Party Facebook page

The Whiteaker Block Party scheduled for this Saturday in Eugene has been canceled. Organizers cite rising case counts and hospitalizations and the Delta variant of COVID-19 in Lane County in their announcement. 

City Data

In a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday Lane County Commissioners effectively put a stop to a quarry project on TV Butte near Oakridge.