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

local | Business | News

New Rules Kick In For Short-Term Rentals In Bend

OPB | April 16, 2015 3:11 p.m.

Bend's new rules on short-term rentals kicked in Thursday after unanimous approval from the City Council.

local | News

Warm Springs Tribal Council Removes Secretary-Treasurer

OPB | April 15, 2015 3:43 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs' secretary-treasurer has been removed from his duties, the tribe confirmed in a statement Wednesday.

Politics | News

Senate Vote Extends Timber Payments

OPB | April 15, 2015 9:31 a.m.

The $180 million extension provides two years of funding for Oregon counties.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | News

Oregon Wolves May Leap Off State's Endangered List

OPB | April 14, 2015 5:23 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

State biologists are telling the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission there's enough evidence to consider taking the gray wolf off the state endangered species list.

News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake?

New Study Shows Some Communities Lack Time To Escape Tsunami

OPB | April 13, 2015 6:27 p.m.

A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey looks at the vulnerability of coastal communities to tsunami hazards.


Oregonians Lead In Craft Beer Purchases

OPB | April 13, 2015 5:57 p.m.

Oregonians continue to lead other states in craft beer purchases, the Oregon Brewers Guild announced.

Business | News

Workers Alerted Company To Problems With Prineville Mill Roof Before Collapse

OPB | April 13, 2015 11 a.m. | Prineville, Oregon

Former Woodgrain Millwork employees paint a picture of a work environment where building maintenance was lax and the roof leaked for years.

Land use | News

Bend Council Supports Vacation Rental Regulations

OPB | April 2, 2015 9:50 a.m.

The Bend City Council approved new regulations on short-term rentals.


Empty Ski Chair Falls From Lift At Mount Bachelor

OPB | March 30, 2015 9:48 a.m.

An empty chair fell off the Sunrise Express lift at Mount Bachelor near Bend Sunday afternoon.


Anthony Lakes Maintains Good Ski Year Amid Snow Shortage

OPB | March 30, 2015 midnight

Many small ski resorts in the Northwest have been closed much of the season due to lack of snow. But one ski hill in Eastern Oregon has been thriving.

Economy | Politics | News

Baker City Passes Ban On Pot Sales

OPB | March 25, 2015 4:19 p.m.

 Baker City Council has passed an ordinance banning the sale of recreational marijuana in the city.


Affordable Housing Policies Move Forward In Bend

OPB | March 24, 2015 4:38 p.m.

The Bend Planning Commission endorsed new policies Monday to encourage the construction of affordable housing.

Water | News

Cascades Could Finally See Snow

OPB | March 23, 2015 10:58 a.m.

A snowstorm is expected to hit the central and north Cascade Mountains tonight.

Water | News

Water Very Scarce In Eastern Oregon In 2015

OPB | March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Last year was one of the worst water supply years in Eastern Oregon's recent history. Now, it looks as though 2015 could be even drier.


Data Center Bill Passes Oregon House

OPB | March 20, 2015 4:34 p.m.

The Oregon House passed a bill Friday that would create a more secure and tax-friendly environment for data centers.


Beavers Can Boost Water Supply

OPB | March 20, 2015 2:30 p.m.

Scientists are finding that nature could offer solutions for water storage.  Beavers create natural reservoirs that can help retain water.

local | Education | News

New Warm Springs Academy Offers Lessons In Tribal Culture

OPB | March 17, 2015 1:47 p.m.

Last fall, a new school opened in Warm Springs. Now, tribal students can go to school on the reservation through eighth grade.

Business | News

Data Breach Of Redmond Company Affects 150,000 Patients

OPB | March 17, 2015 11:07 a.m.

Someone hacked Advantage Dental, a Redmond-based company, and gained access to private information of more than 150,000 patients.

Environment | local | Water | News

Mt. Bachelor Fares Better Than Most Resorts For Snow

OPB | March 16, 2015 11:41 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Mt. Bachelor near Bend is faring better than most western ski resorts.


Crook County Faces Jail Bed Shortage

OPB | March 16, 2015 6 a.m.

There are 16 beds at the Crook County Jail in Prineville and that's not enough for the 115 convicted criminals waiting to serve their sentences.