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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Springfield Police

UPDATE:  The SPD says Shafer has been located and safely returned to his family.

Springfield Police are seeking a missing 9-year-old boy. He was last seen at 2 pm Monday at 10th and C streets in Springfield. Marshall Shafer is 4’ 5”, 85 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Marshall was last seen wearing brown hiking boots, gray sweatpants, a black costume style cape with a hood, and a bright blue backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Springfield Police


Melorie Begay

About two dozen Deadwood area residents rallied in support of their post office Saturday as part of a national day of similar events.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium's indoor exhibits will reopen to visitors on Monday. The popular Newport attraction was closed for five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It recently opened its outdoor exhibits to the public.

What does it mean to be resilient? KLCC took on this question over a year of reporting on Oregon’s Natural Resources and Resilience. 

Lane County Sheriff's Office

Springfield Police arrested the son of the city’s former mayor this morning  on suspicion of ten charges of encouraging child sex abuse.

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Springfield City Councilors expressed surprise and concern during a short meeting Monday evening, after the announcement over the weekend from Mayor Christine Lundberg that she’s stepping down.

City of Springfield

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg announced Saturday that she’s stepping down, effective immediately. The announcement came in a news release from the city. 

Springfield School District

Springfield School District  plans to start the fall with online learning. but under the current plan, K through 3 students can be in the classroom come September. 

Eugene Police

Eugene police made several arrests Wednesday in connection with a protest that turned violent on May 29th near downtown.  

Register-Guard (pool)

The only woman on Oregon’s death row has been re-sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

US Forest Service

UPDATE: As of Monday (8/10/2020) morning, the Willamette National Forest campfire restrictions are in effect. Campfires are now banned on the Willamette National Forest outside of developed campgrounds and certain wilderness areas.

With hot, dry weather continuing, fire danger ratings are at a high for much of western Oregon. 

Jon Erickson / McKenzie Ranger District

Pandemic closures have inspired more people to recreate outdoors this summer, and that’s taking a toll on our public lands. Land managers are seeing more visitors, and more trash.

Ashley Horn / U.S. Forest Service

Crews are responding to six new fires across the Willamette National Forest following Monday’s thunderstorms.

Jan Eliot

After 25 years, Jan Eliot, creator of the comic Stone Soup, is retiring. Her final Sunday strip will appear this weekend.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC

The Eugene City Council Monday is expected to establish a task force to look at public safety funding in the community. The move is spurred by demands from Black Lives Matter protesters who seek a change to how the police department is funded.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health announced 40 new cases of COVID-19, the largest case jump for a 24-hour period here.

Rachael McDonald

To support downtown restaurants, the City of Eugene is closing a block to motor vehicles. The Broadway Streatery program started Thursday.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s new bike bill that allows cyclists to yield at stop signs has spurred some changes on a popular bike route in Eugene. 

City of Eugene

Travelers on Eugene’s South Willamette Street will notice some road construction starting the week of July 13. It’s part of the city’s improvement plan for the corridor between 24th and 29th avenues.


Lane County Public Health announced 18 new positive COVID-19 cases Thursday. There has been a total of 271 positive cases in the county with 79 currently considered infectious. Jason Davis with Public Health said now 20% of cases in the county are travel-related.

City of Eugene

Crews are about halfway through a project to improve bicycle safety and access on a stretch of 13th Avenue that connects the University of Oregon with downtown Eugene.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health has identified cluster of COVID-19 cases at El Torito Grocery Store in Eugene. Seven staff members have tested positive for the virus.

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The Eugene Police Department has unveiled its initial steps toward reform in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the nationwide protests that followed. 

Elizabeth Gabriel

A Eugene Police investigation of a hit and run that injured a prominent Black Lives Matter activist last Sunday is almost complete.

Nathan Bouquet

KLCC is pleased to welcome our 2020 Snowden Intern, Nathan Bouquet. Nathan, originally from California, graduated last month from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

A massive infrastructure bill backed by Oregon 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio is on the House floor this week. 

Melorie Begay

Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner says his department is investigating a collision between a car and a Black Unity protester Sunday. 

Anni Katz

Dozens of people protested outside of Market of Choice in Eugene Monday.

Kendall Hocking

Employees at Market of Choice in Eugene plan to protest outside of the Willamette Street store today [Monday] to protest the company’s unwillingness to allow them to wear masks that say “Black Lives Matter”.

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon Board of Trustees Wednesday voted unanimously to de-name Deady Hall. Matthew Deady was a pro-slavery delegate to the Oregon constitution.