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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

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Bend Voters Decide On New City Council

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 7 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Bend voters had to decide on a lot on their ballot this November, including four of the seven seats on the City Council.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | local | News

Wolf Population Booming In Oregon 5 Years After OR-7 Began His Journey

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 8:15 a.m.

OR-7  traveled some 1,200 miles, including a stint in northern California, before settling in southern Oregon.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Bend Debates Electing Its Mayor, Ward System For Councilors

OPB | Nov. 2, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Some Bend residents are pushing for changes to the structure of elected city leadership.

News | Politics | NW Life | Nation | Election 2016

In Harney County Sheriff's Race, Echoes Of The Malheur Refuge Occupation

OPB | Oct. 27, 2016 12:56 p.m. | Harney County, Oregon

What role will the Malheur refuge occupation play in the race for Harney County sheriff? 

Land use | News | Nation | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Refuge Occupier Ryan Payne Explains Why He Wants To Reverse Guilty Plea

OPB | Oct. 24, 2016 6:30 p.m.

In an interview from prison, Ryan Payne explains why he's trying to reverse his guilty plea.  

News | local | Nation | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Malheur Occupation Trial Goes To Jury

OPB | Oct. 19, 2016 12:03 p.m. | Portland

Ryan Bundy echoed the statements of his brother Ammon’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, in calling on the jury to be a check on what the Bundys see as federal overreach.

News | NW Life | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Update: Closing Arguments

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 7:31 p.m.

OPB's Amanda Peacher talks to journalist Leah Sottile about the last chance for the prosecution and defense to persuade the jury in the trial of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  

News | local | Nation | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Ammon Bundy's Attorney Wraps Up His Closing Arguments

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 7:45 a.m. | Portland

Closing arguments began Tuesday for the seven defendants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year.

News | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land': The Heart Of The Issue — Public Lands

OPB | Oct. 14, 2016 8:30 p.m.

The occupiers argue the federal government can’t manage public lands as well as state, counties or private entities. But that’s a pretty big political fight and a move environmental and conservation groups oppose.

Nation | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Ore. Community Becomes Unwilling Symbol For Anti-Government Movement

NPR | Oct. 12, 2016 10:18 a.m.

The trial for the militants who seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon this year is close to wrapping up. The standoff traumatized and divided nearby Burns, Ore.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

How Measure 97 Would Impact Oregon Businesses

OPB | Oct. 12, 2016 6 a.m. | Moro, Oregon

If you happen to be a grocer, car dealer, wholesaler or some other business that sells in high volumes at a low profit margin, Measure 97 could be extremely painful.

News | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Ep. 8: Guns And Gun Culture In Court

OPB | Oct. 7, 2016 5 p.m.

We look back at the week in court and discuss the role of guns at the Malheur occupation and in the courtroom.

News | local | Politics | Election 2016

Deschutes Sheriff Deputy Claims Harassment Because Of Election

OPB | Oct. 5, 2016 7 p.m.

A Deschutes County sheriff’s deputy claims he’s been harassed and retaliated against at work ever since he announced he’d be running against his boss in the November election.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Bend Council Candidates Debate Growth, Infrastructure And Affordable Housing

OPB | Oct. 4, 2016 6:30 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Candidate responses in the debate reflected the biggest challenge Bend is grappling with right now: How can the city handle the huge growth that’s projected?

News | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land': About That Pocket Constitution ...

OPB | Sept. 30, 2016 5:45 p.m.

Karina Brown of Courthouse News joins us this week to talk about the defense's first witnesses. Then OPB breaks down the constitutional beliefs of Ammon Bundy and the other occupiers.

Environment | News | Arts | local | Business | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland Glass Maker Uroboros To Close After Air Quality Concerns

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 3:22 p.m. | Portland

Portland-based glass maker Uroboros announced Wednesday it will discontinue operations in 2017 barring its sale, according to a news release.

Environment | Business | Food | Agriculture | News | local | Economy

Young Oregon Farmers Face Barriers To Starting Farm Businesses

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 1:21 p.m.

A new report shows that it’s increasingly difficult for young people to get into farming in Oregon.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Brown, Pierce Spar Over Federal Land Management In Gubernatorial Debate

OPB | Sept. 25, 2016 11:12 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

The two candidates took particularly different stances on federal land management.

News | NW Life | Nation | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Ep. 5: Going Back To Harney County

OPB | Sept. 16, 2016 4:22 p.m.

We return to Harney County to hear how closely residents are following the trial of the refuge occupiers, and to find out how the community is healing seven months after the last occupier was arrested.

News | History | Land use | Land | Communities | Science | Nation | Agriculture | Economy

New Report: Malheur County Has Significant Mining Potential

OPB | Sept. 14, 2016 11:37 a.m.

A new report from Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries shows that an area that conservationists want to protect is rich in mining potential.