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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A gun-wielding pro-Trump rally was overwhelmed by counter protestors in downtown Eugene, Saturday. An estimated crowd of 300 people overflowed the Free Speech Plaza onto 8th avenue. Despite one arrest and some heated confrontations, the events remained mostly peaceful.

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Forecasts for thunderstorms have put fire managers on alert for new fire starts, pertussis is confirmed in Lincoln County, local activists respond to the recent mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, and despite those incidents, a pro-Trump group plans to rally in downtown Eugene with their guns. 

KLCC reporters Karen Richards and Brian Bull have been recognized with 2 awards each by the Native American Journalists Association, NAJA.


Updated, Tuesday 6:30 A.M.: the Milepost 97 Fire near Canyonville is 65 percent contained as of Monday evening. It's burned more than 13,000 acres.

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The latest on the Milepost 97 Fire near Canyonville, a teen girls’ fire summer camp, a program to clean-up Eugene sidewalks, and more. 

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While crime isn’t up in Eugene, awareness in some neighborhoods has grown. Home and car break-ins are frequently shared in apps like “nextdoor” and neighborhood Facebook groups. 

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UPDATED 8:30 A.M. Tuesday: the Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville has grown to more than 12,336 acres. As of Tuesday morning, it was 15 percent contained.

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The Eugene 4J school board has a vacancy since Evangelina Sundgrenz departed last month. A board member who recently lost re-election is seeking appointment to the seat.

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Eugene City Councilors vote twice on a resolution condemning white supremacy, Governor Kate Brown signs legislation that changes youth sentencing guidelines, Greenhill Humane Society gets renovated,  Cascadia Subduction Zone, bison, butterflies, and we remember KLCC's Frank Nearing. 

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A local man has gone missing while canoeing on the Willamette River. Kenneth Swanson, 62, was last seen Wednesday morning at the Pengra boat launch near Lowell.

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No matter how many times you’ve seen “Macbeth,” it’s time to see it again at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This astonishing production is currently playing at the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, but later in the summer it may move indoors if the air is smoky.

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The KLCO transmitter in Newport is off the air. The engineer plans to travel to Newport on Monday to repair it. We appreciate your patience as we address this problem.

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The City of Eugene dedicates money to a homeless shelter, but without a location or timeline, Republicans start gathering signatures to recall Democratic Governor Kate Brown, cougars are spotted in Lane County, and we learn about the musical genre Wizard Rock. That's all part of this week's episode of the Northwest Passage. 

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The City of Eugene wants to transform the downtown park blocks into what it calls a “Town Square”.

Will Dowdy is the city’s urban Development Manager. He says the Town Square concept combines energy around the restoration of the downtown park blocks, a permanent home for the Lane County Farmer’s market and a new Eugene City Hall.

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Organizers say the Oregon Country Fair had its largest crowds in decades this weekend in Veneta.  The 3-day festival drew more than 58,474 people.

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The White Bird Clinic provides free or low cost health care for people with low incomes in the Eugene area. They've also been taking care of people's mental and physical health at the Oregon Country Fair since the first fair in 1969. 

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The Oregon legislature is still mopping up after a rancorous session, the Eugene Police Auditor has released a report that paints a not-so-positive picture of the EPD, Oregonians can get a Smokey Bear licence plate, and Jazzercise turns 50 this year along with the Oregon Country Fair. 

The only woman on Oregon’s death row could get a new trial. A judge is expected to throw out the 2011 aggravated murder conviction of Angela McAnulty, a Eugene woman found guilty of torturing, starving, and killing her 15-year-old daughter.

Oregon Bach Festival

Darrell Grant is a jazz pianist, composer, and professor of music at Portland State University. The Territory, his 2013 composition about the geographical and cultural history of the state of Oregon, will be performed on Friday July 12 at the Soreng Theater in Eugene. The concert is part of the Oregon Bach Festival.

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This June marked the 50th anniversary of an exercise program that makes most people think of leotards and leg warmers. But, Jazzercise still has a loyal following and is going strong all over the world. We visited a class in Eugene.

National Parks Service

Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio is critical of President Trump’s plans to turn the festivities in Washington, D.C. into a rally with tanks and aircraft flyovers. 

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Garth Brooks’ record-breaking concert at Autzen Stadium Saturday brought a lot of tourism to the Eugene and Springfield area.


Instead of incarcerating refugee children from countries like Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio says the U.S. should invest in those countries to reduce violence and poverty. 

City of Springfield

Monday, the Springfield Library opened 2 satellite sites for returning books and other borrowed items. This is part of their efforts to make the library services more accessible. 

Recorded on June 28, 2019

Air Date: July 1, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene: 

Sex trafficking is a form of slavery in which victims are induced to engage in sex through force or fraud. Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable victims and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry. Sex trafficking occurs in many different environments, including the truck stops, strip clubs, hostess clubs, hotels, and motels along the I-5 corridor.

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The Republican boycott of climate legislation continues in Salem. We get an update and analysis on the situation that has brought national attention to Oregon. 

Douglas Fire Protective Association

Crews got help from cooler temperatures and rain showers in fighting the Days Coffee Fire yesterday.

Rachael McDonald

A popular hot springs east of Eugene that’s been closed to the public since last summer will re-open July 1st. 

Brian Bull

Oregon's Senate Republicans walk out to avoid voting on a Cap and Trade bill. It's the 2nd time they've wallked out this session. 

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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.