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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

Politics | News | local

Warm Springs Amendment Would Change How Council Is Elected

OPB | Nov. 25, 2015 12:11 p.m.

Under the proposed amendment, nine council members would be elected by popular vote of the entire tribal membership — not by district. 

News | local

Snow, Freezing Temps Stress The Homeless

OPB | Nov. 25, 2015 7 a.m.

This week's below-freezing Oregon temperatures are especially hard on people living without homes.


Bend Holds Hearing On Proposed Fuel Tax

OPB | Nov. 24, 2015 10:52 a.m.

The City Council could vote next month on whether to put a gas tax measure on the ballot.

News | local

Hermiston Decides 'You Can GROW Here' Brand Seems Too Pot-Friendly

OPB | Nov. 24, 2015 10:41 a.m.

A survey showed that the city tagline was not a message the community wanted to send.

NW Life | News | local

Oregon Ski Resorts Kick Off Season With Limited Openings

OPB | Nov. 23, 2015 12:02 p.m.

Some Oregon ski mountains had enough snow for a limited opening this past weekend.

Politics | News | local

Clatskanie Mayor Recall Fails

OPB | Nov. 18, 2015 9:33 a.m.

Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl will remain in office following a recall vote Tuesday.  

News | local

Warm Springs Tribes Put Pot Growth To Voters

OPB | Nov. 17, 2015 4:37 p.m.

Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will vote next month whether to allow cannabis cultivation on the reservation.


Bend Could Put Gas Tax To Voters

OPB | Nov. 17, 2015 8:20 a.m.

The Bend City Council may ask voters to approve a gas tax to fund street maintenance.

News | local

Central Oregon Vets Struggle In Tight Housing Market

OPB | Nov. 11, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Central Oregon's rental housing shortage is particularly hard on vulnerable communities, including veterans.

Education | local | News

Deschutes Libraries Offer Housing Advice Alongside Books

OPB | Nov. 9, 2015 5 a.m.

 A program at Deschutes County libraries is now connecting patrons with social services.


Bend Council Approves Affordable Housing Fee Exemptions

OPB | Nov. 5, 2015 11:02 a.m.

Bend's City Council approved several affordable housing developments for an exemption from city fees Wednesday.

History | Environment | NW Life

Newberry Monument Celebrates 25 Years

OPB | Nov. 4, 2015 7:09 p.m.

The 55,000 acre federal monument was designated to protect the area from energy development.


Gun Measure Passes In Coos County

OPB | Nov. 4, 2015 10:14 a.m.

Coos County voters approved Measure 6-151 Tuesday.  The initiative was designed to challenge gun control laws in Oregon.

News | local | Water

Umatilla Tribes Join Opposition To Nestle Bottling Facility

OPB | Nov. 3, 2015 12:40 p.m.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have joined the opposition to a Nestle water-bottling facility at Cascade Locks.


Colorado Springs Shooter Suspect Graduated From Sisters High

OPB | Nov. 3, 2015 9:45 a.m.

A man who attended high school in Central Oregon has been identified as the suspect in a shooting on Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Politics | News | local

Election Day: Oregon Measures To Watch

OPB | Nov. 3, 2015 8:26 a.m.

Oregon voters weigh in Tuesday on a number of local ballot measures. Voters have until 8:00 p.m. to drop ballots at official drop box sites.

Land | News

Owyhee Protections Meeting Draws 500 People

OPB | Oct. 30, 2015 4:26 p.m.

About 500 people gathered in the tiny town of Adrian on Thursday to discuss the future of the Owyhee country in remote Southeast Oregon.

NW Life | Animals

Wild Horse Advocates Challenge BLM Roundup Plan

OPB | Oct. 28, 2015 11:26 a.m.

Wild horse advocates are challenging the Bureau of Land Management's plan to round up mustangs and burros in Southeast Oregon.

Education | local | News

OSU-Cascades Could Expand Campus To Pumice Mine

OPB | Oct. 26, 2015 6:26 p.m.

Oregon State University-Cascades held a public meeting Monday about the potential of building on a former pumice mine in west Bend.

Economy | Business | News | local

Is Bend Becoming The Next Startup Haven?

OPB | Oct. 26, 2015 3:48 p.m.

Bend markets itself as a destination for outdoor recreation. But it's also turning into a city for startups.