Amanda Peacher is a multimedia reporter/producer covering Central Oregon. She started at OPB in 2011 as the Public Insight journalist.
Amanda hails from Idaho, where she worked as a freelance journalist, wilderness ranger and as an outreach specialist for a statewide nonprofit.
Amanda has masters degrees in literary nonfiction journalism and environmental studies from the UO. 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 enjoys cycling, playing cello and baking sweets.
News | Environment | localOPB | May 21, 2015 4:40 p.m. | Bend, Oregon
This summer is expected to be dry and hot, and that means increased wildfire risk. Communities near range or forest land are especially vulnerable.
Election results are in for three public safety levies in Southwest Oregon timber counties.
OPB asked four families to simulate what might happen when a megaquake strikes. In Lincoln City, Patrick Alexander and Krista Eddy said they used to feel prepared. But that changed after their son was born.
Community can be just as important to emergency planning as food and water supplies.
A person should have a family meet up plan in place for anywhere they spend time, such as work, school, faith organizations, sporting events or commuting.
The Bend-La Pine school district has released a preliminary budget for next year that could result in larger class sizes.
Lane is the first Western Oregon county to make a drought emergency request this year.
When their son Quinn was born, coastal resident Patrick Alexander says his perspective on emergency preparedness changed. Now, he and Eddy think about what they need to do to care for their 2-year-old.
Agencies are forecasting higher than normal fire activity across Oregon and Washington.
Oregon State University president Ed Ray spoke in Bend Thursday to garner support for the university's four-year college there.
Oregon counties will receive nearly $61 million over two years in timber payments.
A ceremony honors 31 fallen workers 2014.
In many rural Oregon counties, the unemployment rate is higher than in metropolitan areas.
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs' secretary-treasurer has been removed from his duties, the tribe confirmed in a statement Wednesday.
State biologists are telling the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission there's enough evidence to consider taking the gray wolf off the state endangered species list.