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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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

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.

Eugene Police

Vandals tore down entrance handrails and a portion of brick walls that support them at the home of American Legion Post 83.

Robin Loznak / Our Children's Trust

The Oregon Supreme Court has agreed to review a climate lawsuit against the state that was originally filed by two teens in Lane County Circuit court in 2011. 

Brian Bull; ODOT; Jim Bowen; Steven Leung; Melorie Begay / KLCC; ODOT; Flickr.com

This week, we share our cartoon crushes, get an update on Oregon's legislative session, hear about controversy about a statue on the UO campus, and discuss the results of Tuesday's special election. Join KLCC News Director Rachael McDonald, Morning Edition host Anni Katz, and reporters Brian Bull and Chris Lehman for our weekly podcast, the Northwest Passage. 

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Lane County leaders say they’re not ready to give up on a new courthouse despite the disappointing outcome of Tuesday’s election.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The Lane County Courthouse bond failed, 58% - 41% on Tuesday.

Melorie Begay; Billy Black; PBS Kids; Brian Bull; Jim Bowen / KLCC; Flickr.com; PBS

Oregonians will get a kicker next year, legislators passed an education bill, Eugene Police helped build tiny houses, turkeys caused a power outage, these are just some of the stories we discuss in this week's Northwest Passage. 

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene Opera performs “As One”, a contemporary opera about a transgender woman and her journey to self-realization. Performance times are Friday (5/17) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (5/19) at 2:30 p.m. in the Soreng Theater of the Hult Center in Eugene. 

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council this week voted unanimously to limit access to single-use items like plastic forks, straws and individually wrapped condiments. 

Eugene Public Library

Will O'Hearn was recently hired as Director of the Eugene Public Library. He speaks with KLCC's Barbara Dellenback about his first impressions, the evolving role of libraries in the community and summer reading.

Marcus Kaufman / Oregon Department of Forestry

Crews are mopping up a 75.6 acre fire that ignited Friday east of Cottage Grove. The Dowens Fire burned one home and is 80 percent contained as of Monday.

Eugene Police

 The City of Eugene is considering a payroll tax to help fund publicsafety.  The proposal aims to raise more than $23 million dollars to bolster the city police’sability to prevent and respond to crime.

Oregon Department of Forestry-South Cascade

A fire that sparked Friday afternoon east of Cottage Grove is 50 percent contained as of Sunday. Officials say the Dowens Fire burned over 75 acres. 

National Weather Service

UPDATE:  The Level 1 Evacuation notification has been cancelled.  But the Lane County Sheriff says residents in the Row River area between Dowens Rd and Shoreview Drive should monitor lanecounty.org for updates. The fire is 10 percent contained. Power in the area has been turned off to protect first responders. The outage area includes the former evacuation area and portions of Sears Rd, Laying Rd, and other nearby roads. Power will be off over night. 

Thousands of Oregon teachers walked out of class Wednesday to call for more K-12 funding. KLCC's weekly podcast features News Director Rachael McDonald, Morning Edition Host Anni Katz, and reporters Brian Bull and Aubrey Bulkeley. We discuss the week's big news stories and what stuck with us this week. 

Lauren Kessler

Author Lauren Kessler of Eugene has written about subjects including Alzheimers Disease, dance, and raising a teen-age daughter. Her latest book, “A Grip of Time: When Prison is Your Life”,  is about her experience leading a writing group at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. She spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald. 

Eugene Symphony

Francesco Lecce-Chong is wrapping up his second season as Music Director of the Eugene Symphony. This week, he’ll conduct the performance of Verdi’s Requiem.