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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

Land use | local | Nation | News

Trump Order Could Affect Hanford, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monuments

OPB | April 26, 2017 2:26 p.m.

A presidential executive order could mean that national monuments are rescinded, resized or modified.

local | Science | Health | Education | Recreation | Environment

Nature Time Improves Your Well-Being, Says OSU Study

OPB | April 21, 2017 3:17 p.m. | Terrebonne, Oregon

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that people who spend time in nature feel greater life satisfaction.

local | News

More 911 Centers In Oregon To Allow Text Messages

OPB | April 19, 2017 3:45 p.m.

The change is designed to benefit people with disabilities who can’t easily call, or for people who need to be discreet when contacting police.

Fish & Wildlife | Nation | News

ODFW Limits Deer Hunting In 3 Oregon Counties After Rough Winter

OPB | April 19, 2017 9:46 a.m.

The Oregon wildlife agency says it saw a big loss of does and  fawns in parts of eastern Oregon — as high as 32 percent in Baker County.

Politics | local | News

Vocal Crowd In Bend Gives Walden An Earful

OPB | April 13, 2017 7:52 p.m.

Bend is a blue island of Democratic majority in a sea of Rep. Greg Walden’s mostly red district, and the largely left-leaning crowd quickly erupted with boos Thursday night.

Politics | local | Nation | News

'OPB Politics Now': Greg Walden Faces The Music

OPB | April 13, 2017 12:10 p.m. | Portland

OPB reporters Jeff Mapes and Amanda Peacher join host Geoff Norcross to talk about the raucous reception Rep. Greg Walden has received at town hall meetings this week. 

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

Gov. Kate Brown Makes Her First Post-Occupation Visit To Burns

OPB | April 12, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown spent Wednesday in Harney County, talking with local residents and officials. OPB reporter Amanda Peacher was there. 

Land use | local | News | Recreation | Land

Deschutes Forest Closes Camping Area Near Whychus Creek

OPB | April 11, 2017 2 p.m.

The Deschutes National Forest is closing an area near Sisters to overnight campers because of long-term illegal camping.

local | Economy | Business | News

Data Centers Boost Prineville's Economy, But Not Without Growing Pains

OPB | April 9, 2017 noon | Prineville, Oregon

The new tech economy has put the squeeze on other resources in this old Western town. 

local | Land | Land use | News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

What's Next For The Owyhee Canyonlands?

OPB | April 4, 2017 1:06 p.m.

The specter of a monument designation may trigger groups to get together and start a collaborative plan for the Owyhee.

Animals | News | Environment

Get A Glimpse Of Sage Grouse Mating Ritual With Live Cam

OPB | March 30, 2017 9:55 a.m.

People at home can now get a glimpse of the greater sage grouse mating ritual via a new livestream near Bend.

local | Water | News | Environment

Lower Deschutes Water Quality Lawsuit Can Go Forward, Judge Rules

OPB | March 29, 2017 11:40 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

A judge has ruled that a federal lawsuit against Portland General Electric over water quality on the Lower Deschutes River can move forward.

local | News

Northwest Lawmakers React To Health Care Bill Withdrawal

OPB | March 24, 2017 2:30 p.m.

Oregon and Washington lawmakers react to the canceled vote on the American Health Care Act.

local | Nation | Economy | News

Central Oregon Is Among Nation's Fastest Growing Regions

OPB | March 23, 2017 9:23 a.m.

Crook County and the Bend-Redmond metro area make national top ten lists for growth.

local | News

Warming Temps Bring Flooding Across Oregon And SW Washington

OPB | March 22, 2017 noon

Several Northwest rivers are at risk of flooding this week, including the Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington.

NW Life | Environment

Good News For Farmers — Most Oregon Reservoirs Are Full

OPB | March 17, 2017 5 a.m.

The wet and cold winter may have been a doozy for urban Oregonians, but for farmers all that snow was good news.

local | Nation | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

2 Occupiers Found Guilty Of Conspiracy For Roles In Oregon Standoff

OPB | March 9, 2017 11:35 a.m. | Portland

A jury has convicted occupiers Jason Patrick and Darryl Thorn on felony conspiracy charges for their roles in last year’s takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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

What Did Harney County Residents Know Before The Malheur Occupation?

OPB | March 1, 2017 9:07 a.m.

A local rancher tells OPB that Ammon Bundy spoke broadly about the idea of seizing government buildings before the occupation began.  

local | News

Redmond Data Breach Affects 1,000 School District Employees

OPB | Feb. 28, 2017 3:03 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The breach occurred when an employee sent W-2 tax forms for all district workers to an email hacker impersonating the superintendent.

In Walden's Absence, Constituents In Bend Hold Rogue Town Halls

OPB | Feb. 23, 2017 12:30 p.m.

The congressman holds meetings in Deschutes County every year, but some Bend residents are upset that he hasn’t held one in their community since 2013.