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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Community members can play on the newly laid turf at civic park in Eugene this Sunday. The former Civic Stadium site is being transformed into a public sports venue.

Elizabeth Gabriel, Brian Bull, Melorie Begay, Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Three Democrats have declared they’re running for Oregon Secretary of State in 2020, Springfield raises flags to celebrate Indegenous People’s Day, The University of Oregon opens its new Black Student Union, Eugene holds coffin races this month, Great Oregon Shake-Out

Those stories and more in this edition of the Northwest Passage podcast. Join KLCC's News Director Rachael McDonald, Morning Edition host Anni Katz, and reporters Elizabeth Gabriel and Brian Bull. 

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Lane County Commissioners hope to try again to convince voters to support a bond to fund a new courthouse in Eugene. The first attempt was rejected last May.

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Nike is shutting down its Oregon Project track and field program following Alberto Salazar’s four-year doping ban.

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Lane County plans for a new Housing First Apartment complex for people who've been chronically homeless. We debrief KLCC's recent Community Conversation on racism, hate, Oregon's history, and the media. Those topics and more on the Northwest Passage podcast with KLCC's News Director Rachael McDonald, Morning Edition host Anni Katz, and reporter Melorie Begay.

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The Board of Lane County Commissioners this week discussed winter strategies for homeless services. They’re looking at how to better serve unsheltered youth in the community. 

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The University of Oregon’s Title IX Coordinator is leaving her post. Darci Heroy has led the office since 2016. 

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene is looking for community input to choose from 12 finalists for street names in its new Downtown Riverfront neighborhood. 

Rachael McDonald and Brian Bull

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While his colleagues move ahead on impeachment proceedings against President Trump, Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio is leading a separate investigation. It has to do with the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. 

Anni Katz

As of Tuesday, October 1st, Eugene residents can put food scraps in their curbside yard waste bins for composting. The hope is to reduce the amount of food that goes into the landfill.

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Classes started Monday at Lane Community College. The school has experienced big drops in enrollment since the recession. But, there’s a slight uptick this fall. 


Oregon’s only Republican member of Congress, Greg Walden, says the impeachment process hasn’t begun the way it should.

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Oregon Pushes forward with an action plan on climate change. Classified staff at the state’s Public Universities prepare to go on strike. And scientific evidence shows cats actually can form bonds with people.Those stories and more in this edition of the Northwest Passage podcast.

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Sandi Mann is among three people who have so far filed to run for the Lane County Board of Commissioners position 3 in May. 

Eugene School District 4J

The head of Eugene 4J School District has been named Oregon’s Superintendent of the Year.

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A political newcomer will be challenging longtime incumbent Peter DeFazio in the Democratic primary in May. Doyle Canning of Eugene launched her campaign for the 4th District Seat on the House of Representatives on Saturday.

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A federal judge has ruled against the Bureau of Land Management’s plans to log on a tract adjacent to the Thurston Hills Natural Area in Springfield. 

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Public University workers  in Oregon have voted to authorize a strike just as students prepare to go back to class. Eugene holds an emergency preparedness fair. And we remember NPR and ABC reporter and commentator Cokie Roberts who passed away this week.

Rachael McDonald

On Friday, people around the world plan to march and rally to call for action on climate change. There are Global Climate Strikes planned in Eugene, Corvallis, Cottage Grove and other Oregon cities. 

Ernesto J. Martinez

University of Oregon literature professor Ernesto Javier Martinez wrote a children's book called "When You Love Someone You Sing To Them".  

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Nationally, there’ve been 6 deaths traced to vaping including one in Oregon. Opioid addiction is leading to overflows at a dusk to dawn homeless camp in Eugene. And an update on the case of 400 cats on a Veneta property

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Laurie Trieger filed Thursday to run for the district 3 seat on the Board of Lane County Commissioners. The incumbent, Pete Sorenson, has decided not to run for re-election in 2020.


Local composers and performers will be featured at a concert this weekend at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Local Sounds, Local Stories features the Delgani String Quartet and the work of six Eugene-area composers. 

City of Eugene

Eugene residents will soon be able to put food scraps in their curbside bin along with yard waste for composting. The city-wide program starts October 1st, 2019.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene residents are fortunate to get their water from the clean, cool McKenzie River. But the city could lose that access in the event of a major disaster. The threat of climate change has also created challenges. 


Democratic U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon Tuesday announced he will introduce legislation to pressure Brazil to fight the wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest and change its environmental policies.  

A fire at the popular hiking spot Mount Pisgah burned more than 50 acres last week, it was caused by a mower.

Springfield’s City Attorney calls for police to wear body cams. An unofficial count tallied more than 38 thousand people who are homeless in the Portland metro area. And we talk with reporter Melorie Begay about her recent reporting on hate crimes in Oregon.

Lane County Parks

A fire that burned nearly 50 acres at the Howard Buford Recreation Area was caused by sparks from a mower Thursday, according to investigators. The Oregon Department of Forestry, in cooperation with Lane County Parks, confirmed it was accidental.

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Workers at McKenzie Willamette Hospital say they may strike.

Last weekend, counter-protesters outnumbered Trump supporters at a rally in downtown Eugene.