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.
In an interview from prison, Ryan Payne explains why he's trying to reverse his guilty plea.
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.
Closing arguments began Tuesday for the seven defendants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year.
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.
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 2016OPB | 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.
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 2016OPB | 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 2016OPB | 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?
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 ProblemOPB | 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.
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 | EconomyOPB | 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.