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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As it seeks to shore up its budget shortfall, the University of Oregon plans to cut funding to a 42 year old program that does labor education. 

Camilla Mortensen / Eugene Weekly

A clash between Trump supporters and counter-protesters shut down Harlow Road in Eugene Sunday afternoon. 

After passing legislation earlier this year that applied the highest form of environmental protection to 30,000 acres in the coast range and 250 miles of rivers in Oregon, Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a new conservation bill.

UPDATE: Eugene Police have released the identity of the victim of the shooting early Saturday morning behind Taylor's Bar and Grill in Eugene. He has been identified as Alex Oyombe Gradin, age 21, of Eugene and a student at Lane Community College.

Ka'Ila Farrell; The GreeneWorks; Bob Bekiam; Brian Bull / Flickr.com; KLCC

William Shatner, Phish Studies, Native Artists, School Funding.  In this week's edition of the Northwest Passage podcast, KLCC News Director Rachael McDonald, Morning Edition host Anni Katz, reporters Brian Bull and Karen Richards discuss the weeks local and regional stories. They also talk about Karen's recent story about Native American artists in Oregon, Brian's interview with William Shatner, and their favorite highlights of the week.

Bannock County Sheriff's office

Oregon U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio has introduced a bill to ban the use of M-44s, or cyanide bombs, nationwide. That’s just as Governor Kate Brown is poised to sign a statewide ban here.

Recorded on : Friday, April 26, 2019

Air Date: Monday, April 29, 2019


From the City Club of Eugene

Speakers: Steve Mokrohisky, County Administrator; Joe Berney, Lane County         Commissioner; HON. Judge James Hargreaves, retired Judge

Coordinator:  Joel Korin

City of Sutherlin

It’s been just over 2 years since Douglas County Commissioners closed their public library system citing lack of funding. But one of its libraries never closed thanks to determined volunteers. 

Willamette National Forest

A road to a popular hot spring in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene has been closed since August. There’s still no estimate for when it will re-open.

Wikipedia, Flkr, Tiffany Eckert, Rachael McDonald

KLCC News Director Rachael McDonald, Morning Edition host Anni Katz, and reporters Brian Bull and Tiffany Eckert discuss the news stories on KLCC this week in our new weekly podcast The Northwest Passage.

Jason Floyd, Student Succes Navigator with Lane ESD, joins KLCC's Jill Torres to talk about a conference called "State of Emergency". It's at Lane Community College on April 27th.  

Rowell Brokaw Architects

The Eugene City Council Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a team to move forward with development of the former steam plant along the Willamette River.

Rachael McDonald

A steam plant, built in 1939, that’s been sitting idle for years would become a gathering place along the Willamette River under a proposal before the Eugene City Council this week.

City of Eugene

Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz will deliver his 2020 budget to the City Council on Wednesday. He calls the $677 million spending plan a solid one.

Rachael McDonald

A retired pastor is holding vigil in downtown Eugene over this holiday weekend to bring attention to the plight of people who are homeless. 


Lane Community College faces a projected $8 million shortfall next fiscal year. It’s raised tuition and is considering other ways to cope with the deficit. 

City of Eugene

The Willamette Valley has been pummeled with an unusual rain storm. It’s caused flooding and downed trees and spurred evacuations along the Row River and Coast Fork of the Willamette.


A landslide has closed Highway 58 between Lowell and Oakridge. A thousand yards of trees and debris are blocking the road. There is a detour on the west side at Lowell and on the east side at Crescent Junction. ODOT crews are on site to assess the slide. 


The Oregon Women’s Basketball team is in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. The Ducks play Baylor Friday at 4 o’clock.

Bev Smith coached the women’s team from 2001 to 2009. She’s also played for the Ducks and is a 2-time All-American. She now coaches kids as Director of Kidsports in Eugene. 

Bev Smith was inducted into the PAC-12 Hall of Honors last month in Las Vegas. 

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Sheriff Byron Trapp announced Friday that he’ll retire as of April 16th. Trapp has served in the department for 31 years and held the position of sheriff since 2015. 


The University of Oregon is making 11 million dollars in cuts to address a projected budget shortfall. 


Lane Transit District plans to go digital. They will roll out an electronic fare system in August.

Douglas Electric Co-op

It’s been just about a month since southwest Oregon was hit with a historic snowfall that put thousands of people in the dark for many days. Douglas County Electric Cooperative was hit especially hard.

Rachael McDonald

A team of medical providers from Oregon and Washington recently returned from McAllen, Texas where they volunteered at a respite center administered by Catholic Charities. The center, which serves about 300 refugees per day, provides shelter and basic services, including medical care, to migrants who’ve been detained at the U.S. Mexico border.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Friday that he’ll step down from his post in June 2020.  Ray is currently the state’s longest serving University president.

Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah

Lane County will re-open some trails on Mt. Pisgah on Saturday, after the park was closed for nearly 3 weeks. 

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Lane County voters will decide in May whether to fund a newcourthouse. The Elections office certified ballot title language formeasure 20-299 this week.

John Burnett / NPR

Oregon Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visited the Homestead Child Detention Center in Florida this week. He’s calling for an end to the policy of placing asylum-seeking children in prison camps. 

Rachael McDonald

UPDATE: March 14, 2019. ODOT announced its postponing the closure of the 6th avenue on ramp until further notice. 

Andrew Kumler

Conservationists are cheering after President Donald Trump signed a sweeping public lands bill Tuesday. Among other things, it establishes the 30-thousand acre Devils Staircase Wilderness in southwest Oregon.