Reporter and Producer
Amanda Peacher is a multimedia reporter and producer covering Central Oregon based in Bend.
Amanda hails from Idaho, where she worked as a freelance journalist, wilderness ranger and as an outreach specialist for a statewide nonprofit. She started at OPB in 2011 as the Public Insight Network journalist.
She’s a fellow with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and has reported in Mexico as a Savage International Peace Fellow. In 2013, she reported for NPR Berlin on a two-month Arthur F. Burns fellowship. In 2014 she received the national Equal Voice Journalism Award funded by the Marguerite Casey Foundation to report on hunger and SNAP in Oregon.
Amanda has masters degrees in literary nonfiction journalism and environmental studies from the University of Oregon.
Amanda enjoys cycling, playing cello and baking sweets.
Commissioners from Grant County, Oregon, heard from the public Wednesday about a resolution that calls for an end to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The indictment doesn’t include dozens of people who were also part of the occupation. Many of them have scattered across the U.S., changed phone numbers or gone silent on social media.
Ammon Bundy and other militants who occupied the Malheur refuge were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Impede Officers of the United States.
The flag was hanging below the U.S. flag on the agency flagpole shortly before midnight.
Andy and Vena Dunbar have spent the past six days living within a no man’s land inside the FBI checkpoints that now surround the refuge headquarters.
OPB has obtained a video of Lisa Bundy speaking to Ammon Bundy. In the video, he asks the remaining militants to give up their standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Three militants were arrested and five occupiers were allowed to leave on Wednesday, as those arrested earlier in the week faced indictment.
OPB reporters Amanda Peacher and John Sepulvado answered questions on Twitter about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The two young girls now staying at the occupied refuge are sisters, ages 8 and 9.
The Bureau of Land Management is in discussions with the family of Dwight and Steven Hammond to restore the family’s grazing access to federal lands.
One militant, who refused to give his name, again plowed dirt with a refuge bulldozer Wednesday.
Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum left the refuge this week to drive to Utah, before returning to the occupied complex Thursday morning.
The armed militants still won't tell exactly how many people are occupying the refuge headquarters, but it's clear some newcomers have shown up.