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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Rachael McDonald

This is KLCC news, I’m Angela Kellner. Two seats on the Lane County Board of Commissioners are in contention in the May 19th primary. Positions 3 and 4 represent South and North Eugene, respectively. 

Rachael McDonald

The deadline to vote in the primary is approaching.


A man in Creswell was injured in an encounter with a male black bear Sunday. The incident happened on private industrial timberland west of the town in a semi-rural area.


A man in Creswell was injured in an encounter with a male black bear Sunday. The incident happened on private industrial timberland west of the town in a semi-rural area.

Rachael McDonald

Movie Theaters have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdowns of non-essential businesses. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald checked in with an independent movie theater in downtown Eugene.

Lane County Fair

For the first time since the Lane County Fair started in the 1800s, the annual event will not take place this year.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Country Fair is officially cancelled this year. In a letter on the fair website, General Manager Wally Bomgaars says “the health and safety of the public and local communities are paramount” and the organization will follow all state and federal recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Lane County leaders say they’ll put efforts to seek funding for a new courthouse on hold. The decision comes in recognition of the economic challenges brought on by COVID-19. 

Food for Lane County

Today is Giving Tuesday. KLCC is partnering with Essex Construction and Food For Lane County for this fundraiser to help feed people in need in the community. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with Food For Lane County Executive Director Tom Mulhern.

Rachael McDonald

Lincoln County has extended restrictions on short-term lodging through May 31st. The coastal county is looking for a way to have a phased re-opening, hopefully in June.


Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio has long fought to fix the Postal Service’s financial situation. Now, the agency is in more trouble because of COVID-19 and he says it is needed more than ever. 

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio says the Federal Aviation Administration should require masks on airplanes. The Springfield Democrat chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, and is pushing for the rule. 

Melorie Begay / KLCC

Lane County has found one solution to the potential challenges if members of its homeless population become sick with COVID-19.

Alan Siporin

Former KLCC program host and commentator Alan Siporin has been socially distancing himself for years. But he says social distancing is the wrong term and it’s an important distinction.


As of Monday, there are 48 positive cases of COVID-19 in Lane County. Nineteen people have recovered from the virus. One person is hospitalized. Twenty-seven are recovering at home and there has been one COVID-19 related death in Lane County.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC News

The University of Oregon is collaborating with McKenzie Willamette Medical Center in Springfield to increase the capacity to test for COVID-19 in Lane County. 

Rachael McDonald

A decrease in COVID-19 cases and better testing capacity are necessary before social distancing restrictions can be relaxed.


In response to the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic local utilities are offering assistance to their customers to help them cope. 

Rachael McDonald

Lane County residents should brace for a spike in COVID-19 cases in the next two weeks. That’s the word from Public Health officials Tuesday.

Rachael McDonald

As of Monday morning, there are 30 positive cases of COVID-19 in Lane County. Five people have recovered. There has been one known death related to the virus.

Oregon Veterans' Home

The Oregon Veterans’ Home announced late Saturday that another one of their residents has died. The resident tested positive for COVID-19 on March 22 and had underlying medical conditions. 

Brian Bull

Lane County Public Health officials say healthy individuals do not need to wear masks, despite some conflicting opinions.

Abbott Laboratories

Lane County is hoping to get shipments of a new rapid test for COVID-19 as soon as next week. The Abbott test was developed by a company in California. 

Melorie Begay

The City of Eugene has added more public bathrooms and handwashing stations around the city. It’s an effort to help people prevent the spread of COVID-19 by washing their hands frequently.

Alachua County (public domain) / Flickr.com

The number of coronavirus cases in Oregon is on the rise and could peak in May, says the Lane County Public Health Officer.

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs

The coronavirus pandemic has hit a Veterans’ Home in Lebanon hard. Monday , the Oregon Health Authority announced a 2nd death there to COVID-19, and there are more than 30 positive cases among the residents and staff. But, people from all over are sending messages of comfort.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon has 414 known cases of the novel coronavirus as of Friday, according to state and local health officials. The state has 12 known deaths related to the virus.

Ellen DeWerd

Gyms are among the non-essential businesses shut down this week by Governor Kate Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order. While gyms are going dark, many fitness instructors are taking to the virtual world to keep teaching classes. I spoke with the Fitness Director at the Downtown Athletic Club in Eugene.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon has 268 known cases of the novel coronavirus as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Oregon Health Authority.  The actual number of cases is believed to be higher given the lack of tests available.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Lane County Health officials are reaching out to people who are homeless in the community to assess their needs amid the coronavirus pandemic.