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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

NW Life | Fish & Wildlife | Land | Animals | News | local

BLM Postpones Wild Horse Roundup Due To Fire

OPB | Aug. 24, 2016 2:30 p.m.

The Cherry Road fire in eastern Oregon has burned through about 20 percent of the herd management area where the feral horses feed.

Environment | News | local | Animals

Bend Wildlife Rehab Center Closes During ODFW Investigation

OPB | Aug. 24, 2016 2:02 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The High Desert Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center voluntarily gave up its permit to care for wildlife after a visit from ODFW officials earlier this month.

Environment | News | local

Earl Blumenauer To Obama: Designate Owyhee National Monument

OPB | Aug. 24, 2016 9 a.m.

The Oregon democrat is the only member of Oregon’s Congressional delegation to openly ask Obama to create an Owyhee National Monument.

Education | News

OSU-Cascades Gears Up For September Opening

OPB | Aug. 19, 2016 1:50 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

OSU-Cascades faculty are starting to move into the first soon-to-be-finished academic building. They've been operating out of a single building for years.

Energy | Environment | News | Water | local

Conservationists File Lawsuit Against PGE Over Lower Deschutes Water Quality

OPB | Aug. 17, 2016 10:45 a.m.



The Deschutes River Alliance claims PGE has violated water quality standards for several years after installing a water-mixing device at Round Butte Dam.

Politics | News | local | Election | Election 2016

Voters Reject Effort To Recall Grant County Commissioner Britton

OPB | Aug. 17, 2016 7:20 a.m.

Unofficial results Tuesday evening showed 2,035 voters rejected the recall, while 1,080 voted for it.

NW Life | Fish & Wildlife | Nation | Animals | Recreation | News | Agriculture

Deschutes Basin Sees Surprising Sockeye Returns

OPB | Aug. 15, 2016 1:48 p.m.

Three hundred and fifty fish might not sound like much. But for the sockeye recovery program in the Deschutes Basin, this year’s returns are a big boost.

Politics | News | local | Election | Election 2016

Voters Weigh 'The Soul Of Grant County' In Latest Recall Effort

OPB | Aug. 15, 2016 5:30 a.m. | Grant County, Oregon

The recall election represents an ideological divide between those who want Grant County to work with federal agencies, and those who say leaders should push back against federal authority.

Environment | News | local

Questions Loom On Canyon Creek Fire's 1-Year Anniversary

OPB | Aug. 10, 2016 12:24 p.m. | John Day, Oregon

Many residents in Grant County still have questions or bitterness about the massive Canyon Creek fire that destroyed 43 homes last summer.

News | local

Tribal Court Reverses Grand Ronde Disenrollment Decision

OPB | Aug. 8, 2016 5:15 p.m.

After a three-year battle in the tribal court system, the descendants of a man named Chief Tumulth will once again be recognized as official tribal members.

Nation | Environment | Politics | Water | News | local

Is Idaho Causing Arsenic Woes For Ontario's Water?

OPB | Aug. 5, 2016 4:33 p.m.

Ontario's water supply comes from the Snake River flowing out of Idaho, where arsenic standards are more lax than Oregon's.

Communities | News | Business | Economy | local

Portland Development Commission Picks New Director

OPB | Aug. 3, 2016 1:24 p.m.

If she accepts the job, Kimberly Branam will be the youngest, and only the second female, to lead the agency.

Politics | NW Life | News | local

Grant County Voters Weigh Recall Of Commissioner Boyd Britton

OPB | Aug. 3, 2016 noon

Ballots are out this week in a recall effort of Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton.

Environment | News | local

Fire Grows Near Crater Lake, But Park Remains Open

OPB | Aug. 3, 2016 10:03 a.m.

Visitors to Crater Lake have been asked to be ready to evacuate in case the Bybee Creek Fire makes a big run.

Environment | News | local

Wild Horse Advocates Sue BLM Over Spay Procedures

OPB | July 26, 2016 4:45 p.m.

Feral horses and burros are protected under the 1971 Wild Horses and Burros Act, but overpopulated herds can do a lot of environmental damage.

Environment | News | local

NW Fire Season Slow So Far, But That Could Change In August

OPB | July 24, 2016 12:44 p.m.

The winter’s thicker snowpack and cooler temperatures this summer have helped keep large fires at bay.

Education | News | Business | Family | local

Prineville Moves Forward With Plans To Convert Old School Into Affordable Housing

OPB | July 24, 2016 12:27 p.m.

The former classrooms of Ochoco Elementary School would become 29 apartments with one, two or three bedrooms that would rent for less than $600 per month.

NW Life | Climate change | News | Environment | local

Bend Citizens Debate Climate Change Resolution

OPB | July 22, 2016 noon

Bend is the latest city in Oregon to consider a plan to combat climate change.

Politics | News | Science | local

OSP Accuses Former Crime Lab Scientist Of Stealing Pills

OPB | July 21, 2016 12:24 p.m.

Federal investigators allege that Nika Larsen used her position as a forensic scientist to steal pills from evidence submitted by law enforcement.

Politics | News | Business | Nation

Bend Council Approves Sale Of Properties For Affordable Housing

OPB | July 21, 2016 10:28 a.m.

Over the past year, Bend’s leadership has passed new policies to alleviate the city’s affordable housing crisis.