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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

Business | local | News

Tiny Sumpter, Oregon, Becomes Unwilling Marijuana Mecca

OPB | June 18, 2017 midnight

The eastern Oregon town of 200 people is now unexpectedly home to two recreational marijuana stores.

local | NW Life | Land | Environment | News

20,000 'Free Spirits' Are Flocking To Rural Oregon's Malheur Forest

OPB | June 15, 2017 4:45 p.m.

In two weeks, thousands of peace-loving, free-spirited campers will descend on Oregon for the 2017 Rainbow Gathering in the Malheur National Forest.

Business | local | Land | Economy | Agriculture | News

Oregon Beef Producers Cheer Trade Negotiations With China

OPB | June 14, 2017 3:15 p.m.

Northwest cattle producers are cheering new trade standards that will once again allow beef exports to China.

Health | local | News

So Far In 2017, Oregon Has More Mumps Cases Than Past 5 Years Combined

OPB | June 14, 2017 2:20 p.m.

Thirty-eight people contracted mumps in Oregon between January and April this year. That’s more than the combined total of 34 mumps cases in the five years prior.

Business | Economy | News | Nation | Think Out Loud

Represented: Oregon-Idaho Border

OPB | June 14, 2017 noon

We travel to far Eastern Oregon, where for many businesses, it's hard not to think the grass is greener on the other side of the border ... in Idaho.

Business | local | NW Life | Economy | Agriculture | Communities | News

After Damaging Winter, Oregon Businesses Choose To Rebuild In Idaho

OPB | June 7, 2017 4:11 p.m. | Nyssa, Oregon

Some companies are choosing to make the move to Idaho, citing the higher cost of doing business in Oregon. 

local | Environment | News

Fire Managers Declare Start To Fire Season In Oregon

OPB | June 7, 2017 1:37 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

This year’s heavy snowpack made for a slightly later-than-usual start to the season. 

Nation | Communities | Flora and Fauna | Politics | NW Life | Land use | local | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

Citizen Advisory Groups React To Trump Administration Suspension

OPB | May 15, 2017 5:45 p.m.

The Interior Department canceled upcoming meetings of  local citizen groups that give input to the Bureau of Land Management on how to manage public lands.

local | Land | Environment | News

Wild Horse Populations In Oregon On The Rise

OPB | May 15, 2017 1:21 p.m.

The figures show there are far more horses than the BLM says the rangelands can handle in balance with other public land uses.

Economy | local | News

Nearly A Decade After Recession, Rural Oregon Still Recovering

OPB | May 10, 2017 2:52 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

While unemployment is near record lows in some Oregon cities, it’s still hard to find a well-paying job in places like Malheur or Lake counties.

local | News

Old Burns Hotel Among 27 Projects To Get Oregon Dollars

OPB | May 10, 2017 10:09 a.m. | Burns, Oregon

An old, vacant hotel in Burns will be refurbished with funding from the State Historic Preservation Office.

local | NW Life | Environment | News | Eclipse 2017

Oregon's Public Lands Could Face The Brunt Of Solar Eclipse Visitors

OPB | May 9, 2017 2:27 p.m. | Terrebonne, Oregon

With nearly every lodging option booked within the path of the eclipse, thousands of visitors are expected to spill over onto public lands.

Business | Nation | Science | News

Madras, A Little Farming Town, Sees Big Opportunity In Solar Eclipse

OPB | May 5, 2017 1:38 p.m.

Towns like Madras, John Day, and Baker City are expected to be inundated with visitors who want to see it.

Health | News

Rep. Greg Walden Meets With Trump On Health Care Bill Amendment

OPB | May 3, 2017 3:45 p.m.

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden was among a handful of Republicans who met with President Trump Wednesday to gain Trump’s support for an amendment to the American Health Care Act.

Education | News

Bend-La Pine Voters Weigh $268 Million School Bond

OPB | May 1, 2017 1:30 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

This month, central Oregon voters will decide on a $268 million bond for the Bend-La Pine School District. It’s a record-breaking request from the district.

Nation | local | News | Land use

Trump Order Could Affect Hanford, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monuments

OPB | April 26, 2017 2:26 p.m.

A presidential executive order could mean that national monuments are rescinded, resized or modified.

Science | Recreation | local | Education | Health | Environment

Nature Time Improves Your Well-Being, Says OSU Study

OPB | April 21, 2017 3:17 p.m. | Terrebonne, Oregon

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that people who spend time in nature feel greater life satisfaction.

local | News

More 911 Centers In Oregon To Allow Text Messages

OPB | April 19, 2017 3:45 p.m.

The change is designed to benefit people with disabilities who can’t easily call, or for people who need to be discreet when contacting police.

Nation | Fish & Wildlife | News

ODFW Limits Deer Hunting In 3 Oregon Counties After Rough Winter

OPB | April 19, 2017 9:46 a.m.

The Oregon wildlife agency says it saw a big loss of does and  fawns in parts of eastern Oregon — as high as 32 percent in Baker County.

local | Politics | News

Vocal Crowd In Bend Gives Walden An Earful

OPB | April 13, 2017 7:52 p.m.

Bend is a blue island of Democratic majority in a sea of Rep. Greg Walden’s mostly red district, and the largely left-leaning crowd quickly erupted with boos Thursday night.