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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Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah

One of Lane County’s most popular parks remains closed indefinitely due to last month’s snowstorm. 

Eugene 4J

The Eugene 4J school board Wednesday voted to change its food service operations. The district will not renew its contract with Sodexo, they'll manage it in-house effective July 1st.

CBS News

The young people suing the federal government over climate change were featured on the CBS program “60 Minutes” Sunday. The program highlighted the case that was originally filed in Eugene five years ago.

Updated: 7:03 a.m. Friday, March 1

Lane County Emergency Management developed a Snow Storm Community Resources Webpage to provide Lane County residents with snow storm updates and quick access to a variety of community resources. https://lanecounty.org/news/what_s_new/snow_storm_community_resources

Transportation (1)

Lane County has a non-emergency line for weather related questions: 541-682-3977 It's open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Red Cross shelters have been set up for people dealing with power outages and storm related problems. In Oakridge: Oakridgg High School 47977 W First St., Oakridge, OR 97463

Lane County has a non-emergency line for weather related questions: 541-682-3977

Lane County Emergency Management has been working closely with other public agencies and partners to evaluate and respond to emergency needs.


·        Lane County and the Red Cross have a convoy of critical supplies and resources to support a warming center and shelter at Oakridge High School.

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An Amtrak train that was stuck in Oakridge for more than 36 hours finally inched its way back to Eugene /today/ on Tuesday. 183 south-bound passengers are finally on their way home. 

Medical (1)

• PeaceHealth - All PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove are scheduled to open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, except for the W. 11th Urgent Care, which will open at 8 a.m. If you have an appointment before 10 a.m., please give us a call to reschedule. UPDATE Posted: Tue. 26th, 04:56 PM

• Slocum Orthopedics - Office opening at 8:30 UPDATE (For Wed. Feb 27th) Posted: Tue. 26th, 05:39 PM

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Thousands of Oregonians are without power due to downed trees and power lines from the heavy snow that fell Monday morning. 

Medical (2)

• Oregon Imaging Centers - Opening at noon (For Tue. Feb 26th) Posted: Mon. 25th, 05:26 PM

• PeaceHealth - Update: All PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove are scheduled to open at noon Tuesday, Feb. 26. The only exception is the West 11th Avenue Urgent Care clinic, which will open at 8 a.m.


Update: All outpatient physical therapy clinics in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove are closed today.



House Democrats  Friday introduced a resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration on border security. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with Springfield Democrat Peter DeFazio.


NPR Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about his job and some of the stories he's covering. He is in Eugene for a public talk Wednesday evening at 7:00 at the UO Knight Library. 

Cascadia Wildlands

Two conservation groups, Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands, filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a logging project outside of Springfield. They say the project will increase fire hazards and harm recreation.


A sold-out crowd watched the number 3 Oregon Ducks beat the number 9 Oregon State Beavers last night at Matthew Knight Arena.  12,364 fans filled the stadium to capacity.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council will consider a proposed payroll tax to fund expanded public safety. The tax would be paid by employers and employees and generate an estimated $22.8 million a year.

Andrew Kumler

The U.S. Senate Tuesday passed a public lands package that includes protections for the Devil’s Staircase in Oregon. Conservation groups are hopeful the legislation will also be approved in the House.

City of Eugene

A historic building on the riverfront in Eugene could get a makeover and become a local gathering place. Public input is sought on plans for the steam plant building.


The House of Representatives has approved a bill (Wednesday) that would create an earthquake earthquake early warning system off the west coast.


The Roseburg Veterans Administration Medical Center has hired a new permanent director. 

Colleges & Universities - Willamette Valley:

Central Electrical JATC: 2 Hours Late

Oregon State University: The Corvallis campus will delay opening until 10 a.m.

Linn-Benton Community College: 2 Hours Late. All LBCC locations opening at 10 a.m.

Benton County:

Corvallis Sch. Dist.: 2 hour delayed start. Buses on snow routes.

Alsea Sch. Dist.: Closed UPDATE

Philomath Sch. Dist.: Closed, No preschool UPDATE

Monroe is on a 2-hour delay.

Douglas Co. Schools:North Douglas Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late. Smith River bus on snow route UPDATE Sutherlin Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, AM buses on snow routes. Sutherlin sch. Dist: 2 hour delay, AM Buses on snow routes.


Starting this week [Tuesday 2/5] drivers on highway 126 between Eugene and Florence should expect delays near Walton. Crews are adding a west-bound passing lane.

Lane County

Lane County voters will likely be asked to help fund a new courthouse in the May special election. The county is considering a $158 million bond measure.

A new license plate featuring a gray whale and her calf will be available in Oregon as of February 1st. Sales will help fund whale research.

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The Springfield Library has outgrown its space on the 2nd floor of the City Hall, a former shopping mall, where it’s been for 35 years.

Rachael McDonald

Taxes in Oregon: What Went Wrong? Where do we go now? 

City Club of Eugene and Springfield City club combined to present a program offered statewide by several City Clubs. Three former legislators with firsthand experience, Phil Barnhart, Vicki Berger and Dave Hunt, reflect on lessons learned about Oregon's unstable tax base. Rachael McDonald of KLCC moderates the program. 

University of Oregon President Michael Schill discusses  the recent past and future of the relationship between town and gown. What plans are being made? What changes can we expect? He also talks about funding challenges to Oregon’s public universities, the status of building projects and plans to attract a world-class faculty

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council is considering a ban on single-use plastics. At their work session Wednesday they had an initial discussion and learned what other cities are doing. 

Our Children's Trust

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled against two young people in a climate lawsuit against the state. The plaintiffs plan to appeal to the State Supreme Court.

Rachael McDonald

Two new Lane County Commissioners were sworn in Monday at the State of the County event.


The Oregon Ducks beat the Michigan State Spartans 7 to 6 Monday in the Redbox Bowl at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California.