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Amanda Peacher


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.

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Recent Articles

Business | Economy | local | NW Life | News

Are Luxury Resort Ranches The Future Of Eastern Oregon?

OPB | Aug. 9, 2017 1:41 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

Could high-end resorts be an economic answer for eastern Oregon? One Grant County rancher thinks so. 

Business | local | Food | News

Bend's Beer Boom Puts A Squeeze On Water Infrastructure

OPB | Aug. 1, 2017 6:30 a.m.

An average brewery uses seven gallons of water for every one gallon of beer brewed. All of the waste water from Bend's booming beer industry is straining the city's wastewater treatment system. 

local | News

From Parking To Density, Bend Weighs Affordable Housing Ideas

OPB | July 20, 2017 7 a.m.

Bend is considering ways to increase its affordable and middle income housing.

Water | local | News

Court Hears Case Over Bend Drinking Water Project

OPB | July 13, 2017 3:16 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The city of Bend and an environmental group argued Thursday in the Ninth District Court of Appeals over the city’s use of water and healthy fish habitat. 

Communities | Nation | local | News

Oregon DOJ: No Charges For Bend Officer Who Fatally Shot Michael Jacques

OPB | July 11, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Investigators found that there was not enough evidence to criminally prosecute an officer who fired five shots, killing a suspect. 

Communities | Family | Arts | Uncategorized

Oregon Rainbow Gathering: Bliss For Campers, Headache For Forest Service

OPB | July 6, 2017 11:38 p.m.

This year’s national event south of John Day in Oregon drew 13,120 campers — almost double the entire population of Grant County — much to the dismay of the Forest Service.

Land | local | NW Life | Environment | News

2017 Rainbow Festival Draws 12,000 Gatherers, Sees 2 Deaths

OPB | July 4, 2017 6:31 p.m. | Grant County, Oregon

The highlight of the seven-day Rainbow Family Gathering occurred Tuesday — a mass peace prayer after a morning of silence at the event.

local | News

Explosive Device Found, Disarmed At Bend Intersection

OPB | June 30, 2017 4:33 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Officials believe that the explosive device was authentic and were able to disarm it. 

Recreation | Land | News | local | Land use

Environmental Groups Sue Over Off-Road Vehicle Trails In Ochoco Forest

OPB | June 29, 2017 3:53 p.m.

The Forest Service plan would create 137 miles of new trails specifically for off-highway vehicles.

Nation | local | News

For Finicum Supporters, FBI Indictment Only A Partial Win

OPB | June 28, 2017 1:45 p.m.

Supporters say they'll continue to press for more information about the shooting death of the Arizona rancher, who was one of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

local | Environment | News

Lightning Storms, Warm Springs Fire Challenge Firefighters

OPB | June 26, 2017 4:31 p.m.

Fire managers are already working to contain a 2,200-acre fire on the Warm Springs Reservation.

Business | local | News

Tiny Sumpter, Oregon, Becomes Unwilling Marijuana Mecca

OPB | June 18, 2017 midnight

The eastern Oregon town of 200 people is now unexpectedly home to two recreational marijuana stores.

Land | local | NW Life | Environment | News

20,000 'Free Spirits' Are Flocking To Rural Oregon's Malheur Forest

OPB | June 15, 2017 4:45 p.m.

In two weeks, thousands of peace-loving, free-spirited campers will descend on Oregon for the 2017 Rainbow Gathering in the Malheur National Forest.

Business | local | Land | News | Economy | Agriculture

Oregon Beef Producers Cheer Trade Negotiations With China

OPB | June 14, 2017 3:15 p.m.

Northwest cattle producers are cheering new trade standards that will once again allow beef exports to China.

Health | local | News

So Far In 2017, Oregon Has More Mumps Cases Than Past 5 Years Combined

OPB | June 14, 2017 2:20 p.m.

Thirty-eight people contracted mumps in Oregon between January and April this year. That’s more than the combined total of 34 mumps cases in the five years prior.

Business | Nation | Economy | News | Think Out Loud

Represented: Oregon-Idaho Border

OPB | June 14, 2017 noon

We travel to far Eastern Oregon, where for many businesses, it's hard not to think the grass is greener on the other side of the border ... in Idaho.

Business | NW Life | local | News | Communities | Economy | Agriculture

After Damaging Winter, Oregon Businesses Choose To Rebuild In Idaho

OPB | June 7, 2017 4:11 p.m. | Nyssa, Oregon

Some companies are choosing to make the move to Idaho, citing the higher cost of doing business in Oregon. 

local | Environment | News

Fire Managers Declare Start To Fire Season In Oregon

OPB | June 7, 2017 1:37 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

This year’s heavy snowpack made for a slightly later-than-usual start to the season. 

Politics | Nation | local | Land use | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna | News | Communities | NW Life

Citizen Advisory Groups React To Trump Administration Suspension

OPB | May 15, 2017 5:45 p.m.

The Interior Department canceled upcoming meetings of  local citizen groups that give input to the Bureau of Land Management on how to manage public lands.

Land | local | Environment | News

Wild Horse Populations In Oregon On The Rise

OPB | May 15, 2017 1:21 p.m.

The figures show there are far more horses than the BLM says the rangelands can handle in balance with other public land uses.