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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

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Finicum Knew Man Accused In Failed Arizona Bombing

OPB | June 24, 2016 11:40 a.m.

The failed attack was orchestrated by William Keebler who knew LaVoy Finicum, spokesman for the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

LaVoy Finicum Supporters Stand Guard At Illegal Roadside Memorial

OPB | June 22, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

Two men have been guarding the illegal memorial on U.S. Route 395 for nearly three weeks.

local | Education | Water | News | Lead In The Water

PPS Board Members Say They Weren't Consulted About Smith's Retirement

OPB | June 22, 2016 9:31 a.m.

Two Portland Public Schools board members say they were not consulted about the timeline of Superintendent Carole Smith’s retirement.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Faces Investigations

OPB | June 10, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson indicated that he is the subject of two complaints generated by employees in his office.

local | Politics | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Supporters Of Harney County Judge Grasty Rally Against Recall

OPB | June 10, 2016 9:38 a.m.

Judge Grasty was a vocal critic of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Environment | local | News

Fire Near Sisters 30 Percent Contained, Still Threatens 900 Homes

OPB | June 9, 2016 9:34 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

The Akawana fire is within a few miles of a subdivision northeast of Sisters in Jefferson County and it's triggered a preliminary evacuation notice for residents.


New Wildfire In Central Oregon Threatens 1,200 Homes Near Culver

OPB | June 8, 2016 5 p.m.

The 2,000 acre Akawana fire located northeast of Sisters in central Oregon is threatening 1,200 homes and is expected to grow.

local | News

Multnomah DA Adopts New Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Policy For Juveniles

OPB | June 8, 2016 3:39 p.m.

The new policy could allow certain young offenders to resolve their cases in juvenile court instead of being tried as adults.

Environment | News

Bend Parks District Moves Forward With Plans For Mirror Pond's Future

OPB | June 8, 2016 8:30 a.m.

The Bend Parks and Recreation Board has passed a memorandum of understanding about the future of Mirror Pond.

NW Life | local | News

Facing Population Boom, Bend Residents Brainstorm For The Future

OPB | June 6, 2016 7:45 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

In the next 14 years, Bend’s population is expected to grow by 40 percent. How will the community accommodate all those new residents without losing character?

Health | News

Linn County Leads Suit Against Oregon Sick Leave Law

OPB | May 27, 2016 9:15 a.m.

Nine Oregon counties have filed a lawsuit opposing the state’s 2015 paid sick leave law.

Environment | Energy | Fish & Wildlife | News

Judges Reject Steens Mountain Wind Project

OPB | May 26, 2016 4:39 p.m.

The Ninth District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Oregon Natural Desert Association, and rejected a wind turbine project on Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Bar Dismisses Complaint Against Ammon Bundy's Lawyers

OPB | May 25, 2016 12:06 p.m.

The complaint alleged that Ammon Bundy’s lawyers violated the state bar’s professional conduct rules about trial publicity.

local | News

DOJ Report: No Criminal Charges For Jail Deputies In Deschutes Inmate Death

OPB | May 24, 2016 6:25 p.m.

The final report concluded that the there is insufficient evidence to prove that sheriff’s office staff engaged in criminal conduct related to inmate Edwin Mays' death.

local | News

Portland Police Chief Placed On Leave During Shooting Investigation

OPB | May 24, 2016 12:12 p.m.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has placed Police Chief Larry O’Dea on administrative leave over his role in an accidental shooting last month.

Land | Environment | Politics | local | News

Lawmakers Hear Perspectives On Potential Owyhee Monument

OPB | May 23, 2016 2:15 p.m.

The vast and rugged area is known for its stunning red rock geology and canyons, recreation opportunities and expansive wildlife habitat. It’s also an important area for cattle grazing.

local | Election | Politics | News | Election 2016

Harney County Votes For Candidates Opposed To Armed Occupation

OPB | May 19, 2016 10:27 a.m.

Voters were clear they preferred candidates who opposed the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

local | Election | Politics | News | Election 2016

Motor Voter Boosts Voter Registration By 50,000

OPB | May 17, 2016 1:48 p.m.

Ballot returns are strong for voters registered through Oregon’s new motor voter law. Since January, the program has registered more than 50,000 new voters in the state.

Economy | local | Business | NW Life | News

Vancouver City Council Overturns Resolution Opposing Cowlitz Casino

OPB | May 17, 2016 9:45 a.m.

The move ends the city’s opposition to the project and city leaders say it will open doors to working with the tribe.

Environment | local | News

Fishermen Prep To Sue PGE Over Lower Deschutes Water Quality

OPB | May 16, 2016 6:15 p.m.

A central Oregon conservation group has filed an intent to sue Portland General Electric over water quality on the lower Deschutes River.