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


Bend Grapples With Short-Term Rentals

OPB | Feb. 26, 2015 8:30 p.m.

The number of short-term rental permits in Bend has  increased from around 50 to more than 500 in the last five years. Now, the city is struggling to balance the economic interests of tourism with neighborhood livability.

Food | News

Potential SNAP Cuts Could Affect Many Oregonians

OPB | Feb. 26, 2015 4:37 p.m.

House Republicans in Congress are talking about making changes to the program that could affect many low-income residents in the Northwest.

Water | News | Politics

In Bend, Support For Proposal To Remove Mirror Pond Dam

OPB | Feb. 25, 2015 4:13 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

A proposal to remove Bend's Mirror Pond Dam and redevelop the waterfront has strong community support. That's the result of a four-month public process presented Wednesday at a public meeting of the Mirror Pond ad hoc committee meeting.

Land use | News

Bend Considers Regulating Vacation Rentals

OPB | Feb. 24, 2015 10:11 a.m.

The Bend Planning Commission held a public hearing Monday on new regulations for short-term rentals.


Emergency System In Ontario Experiences Gaps In Communication

OPB | Feb. 24, 2015 9:27 a.m.

 The communication system for emergency responders in Ontario has been failing intermittently.

Renewable energy | Fish & Wildlife | News

20th Annual Eagle Celebration Set For This Weekend

OPB | Feb. 19, 2015 4:30 p.m.

America's national emblem is the highlight of a celebration in Central Oregon this weekend.

Water | News

Parts Of Oregon May See Warmest February On Record

OPB | Feb. 17, 2015 12:15 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

This week's forecast calls for more clear, mild weather in much of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Agriculture | News

Oregon Farmer Plows New Ground With Hemp

OPB | Feb. 17, 2015 7:59 a.m.

A Southern Oregon farmer is the first in the state to get a license to grow hemp after last year's farm bill makes it possible for growers to cultivate the plant.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

ODFW Ends Hosmer Lake Atlantic Salmon Stocking

OPB | Feb. 13, 2015 5:27 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will no longer stock Atlantic salmon in Hosmer Lake. Instead, the agency will stock what they call "Cranebow trout."


Expect Dirt, Not Snow In Many Oregon Sno-Parks

OPB | Feb. 11, 2015 1:07 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

With this year's poor snowpack, Deschutes National Forest is warning snow seekers to find other activities.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

Vandals Damage Whychus Creek Near Sisters

OPB | Feb. 10, 2015 6:07 p.m.

Vandals damaged the recently restored Whychus Creek near Sisters by pushing large boulders into the river.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

Cougars Reported Near Bend, Sunriver

OPB | Feb. 9, 2015 1:03 p.m.

Several mountain lion sightings have been reported in Sunriver in the past month.

local | Sustainability | News | Education

OSU Lands More Money For Energy-Efficient Bend Campus

OPB | Feb. 9, 2015 7:20 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Oregon State University announced new funding toward their plan for an environmentally sustainable campus in Bend Monday.


Wind Storm Downs Trees, Causes Power Outages In Central Oregon

OPB | Feb. 6, 2015 4:28 p.m.

Wind gusts in Central Oregon reached hurricane-level strength Friday downing trees and causing power outages.

local | Business | News | Politics

Bills Would Exempt Oregon Data Centers From Taxes On Intangibles

OPB | Feb. 6, 2015 3:58 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

A bill in front of the Oregon legislature would make data centers exempt from state imposed taxes on assets that are beyond Oregon.

local | News | Politics

US Congressman Wes Cooley Dies In Bend

OPB | Feb. 5, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Portland

Former U.S. Congressman Wes Cooley has died in Bend. He was 82.

Sports | News

Bend Will Host 2016 Track And Field Cross Country Championships

OPB | Feb. 4, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Top runners from around the country will be in Central Oregon next year for the USA Track and Field Cross Country Championships.


Oregon Gets Variable Marks On Poverty Report

OPB | Feb. 4, 2015 3:19 p.m.

In a new report on poverty and inequality, Oregon scored high on safety nets for programs that lift people out of poverty. But it did poorly on other factors, like employment and health access.

local | Economy | News

Mill Layoffs In Prineville Are About More Than Jobs

OPB | Feb. 4, 2015 midnight | Prineville, Oregon

Last November the Woodgrain Mill shut down most of its operation in Prineville and laid off nearly 200 workers, after the mill's roof collapsed.  Now, both the community and laid-off workers are struggling to recover.

Agriculture | local | Economy | News

Heinz Ends Contracts With Some Oregon And Idaho Potato Farmers

OPB | Feb. 3, 2015 3:11 p.m.

Potato farmers in Eastern Oregon have lost an important contract with Heinz.  That's the company that owns the Ore-Ida brand.