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Amanda Peacher

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.

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Recent Articles

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Redmond Reveals Plans For New City Hall

OPB | July 28, 2015 11:57 a.m.

Redmond's new city hall will be located at the old Evergreen Elementary School. The city bought the school five years ago with the vision of transforming the historic building into a community gathering place.

local | Food | News | Land

Tribal Members Report Early Start To Huckleberry Season

OPB | July 27, 2015 12:31 p.m. | Warm Springs, Oregon

The huckleberry season kicked off early this year, as a result of this summer's high temperatures.

Forestry | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | Land

Study Finds Beetle-Kill Forests No More Likely To Burn

OPB | July 26, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Northwest forests that have significant damage from insects might seem more prone to wildfires, but a new study from Oregon State University shows that's not necessarily the case.

Midseason Check-In With Firefighter Teresa Brna

OPB | July 26, 2015 9:04 a.m.

Teresa Brna says her duties as a firefighter are much more diverse than she expected.

local | Economy | News

2015 Could Be Record Year For Central Oregon Tourism

OPB | July 22, 2015 3:51 p.m.

If you're visiting Bend this week, good luck trying to get into a hotel.

local | Economy | News

Central Oregon Sees Record Job Numbers In June

OPB | July 22, 2015 12:21 p.m.

The state's latest economic report for Central Oregon shows that Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties continue to see job growth.

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Homemade Fireworks Killed Pendleton Man, Injured Others

OPB | July 21, 2015 10:40 a.m.

An explosion and fire killed a man and destroyed part of an Oregon city's former government building.

local | News | Education

OSU-Cascades Enrolls First Class Of Freshmen

OPB | July 17, 2015 1:15 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Oregon State University welcomed its first class of incoming freshmen to its Central Oregon branch program Friday.

local | News | Politics

Some Oregon Congressmen Praise Iran Deal, Others Slam It

OPB | July 14, 2015 9:14 a.m.

Oregon Congressional representatives reacted to the announcement of world powers reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

local | News | Education | Think Out Loud

Central Oregonians Debate OSU-Cascades Campus

OPB | July 15, 2015 12:06 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Supporters and opponents of Oregon State University's campus in Bend, OSU-Cascades, discussed the incoming branch Tuesday night.


Harney County Groundwater: No New Ag Wells

OPB | July 13, 2015 12:52 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

Oregon's Department of Water Resources announced this spring that it will not be issuing any new permits for agricultural groundwater wells in Harney County because of concerns about groundwater depletion. In effect, this is a moratorium on new agricultural wells.

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Rural Leaders Wrangle With Cow Wreckage In Remote Cemeteries

OPB | July 10, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Riley, Oregon

You've heard of cow tipping. How about tombstone tipping?

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Rain, Cooler Temperatures Help Firefighting Efforts

OPB | July 10, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Cooler weather has helped suppression efforts for several Oregon wildfires.

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Portland Faith Groups Demand Action On Housing Crisis

OPB | July 8, 2015 1:22 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Religious leaders appealed to the Portland City Council on Wednesday to address the city's affordable housing crisis. 

local | Environment | Land use | Politics | News

Legislature Funds Oregon's Fledgling Juniper Industry

OPB | July 8, 2015 11:55 a.m.

The Oregon Legislature passed two bills at the end of the session to help boost juniper harvest, HB 2997 and HB 2998. The bills provide funding to boost the state's fledgling juniper harvest industry.


Umatilla Wolf Kill Reported In Eastern Oregon

OPB | July 7, 2015 6:46 p.m.

The Umatilla River wolf pack killed three sheep and injured another last week near Weston Mountain, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

local | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

New Year Brings New Pups To OR-7 Wolf Pack

OPB | July 7, 2015 6:30 p.m. | Portland

Biologists have found evidence that Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has fathered a second set of pups.

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19,000-Acre Central Oregon Fire Spreading Rapidly

OPB | July 3, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The Corner Creek fire in Central Oregon is now burning more than 19,000 acres. The fire spread quickly overnight.

Economy | Recreation | NW Life

Oregon Scenic Bikeways Contribute $12.4 Million In Economic Activity

OPB | July 2, 2015 3:30 p.m.

Cyclists who rode Oregon Scenic Bikeways spent approximately $12.4 million dollars in 2014, according to Travel Oregon.

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OSU-Cascades Breaks Ground On Bend Campus

OPB | July 1, 2015 7:15 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

OSU-Cascades is moving forward with construction of their four-year campus in Bend, despite legal appeals.