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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

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Grant County Residents Speak Out Against Refuge Occupation

OPB | Feb. 10, 2016 1:08 p.m. | John Day, Oregon

Commissioners from Grant County, Oregon, heard from the public Wednesday about a resolution that calls for an end to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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Cliven Bundy May Be Coming To Burns, Portland

OPB | Feb. 8, 2016 2:14 p.m.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy may be coming to Oregon to protest the arrest of his sons.

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Occupiers Not Listed In Indictment Could Face Charges

OPB | Feb. 4, 2016 2 p.m.

The indictment doesn’t include dozens of people who were also part of the occupation. Many of them have scattered across the U.S., changed phone numbers or gone silent on social media.

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Ammon Bundy, Other Militants Indicted On Conspiracy

OPB | Feb. 4, 2016 8:46 a.m.

Ammon Bundy and other militants who occupied the Malheur refuge were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Impede Officers of the United States.

News | An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon

A Divided Burns Looks Toward Healing

OPB | Feb. 3, 2016 8:30 p.m.

For local residents, the occupation didn’t just affect the refuge. It took over daily life in Harney County.

News | An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Emotional Protesters Face Off In Burns

OPB | Feb. 1, 2016 6:03 p.m.

Between 400-500 people from across rural Oregon and Idaho converged for a protest in front of the courthouse in Burns Monday.

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'Don't Tread On Me' Flag Appears On BLM Building Near Burns

OPB | Feb. 1, 2016 9 a.m.

The flag was hanging below the U.S. flag on the agency flagpole shortly before midnight.

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Landowners Inside FBI Perimeter: 'We’re Psychologically Exhausted'

OPB | Jan. 30, 2016 1:18 p.m.

Andy and Vena Dunbar have spent the past six days living within a no man’s land inside the FBI checkpoints that now surround the refuge headquarters.

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Attorneys, Bundys Release New Videos Pleading With Occupiers To Surrender

OPB | Jan. 29, 2016 8:47 p.m.

OPB has obtained a video of Lisa Bundy speaking to Ammon Bundy. In the video, he asks the remaining militants to give up their standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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Live Updates: FBI Details Shooting Death Of LaVoy Finicum

OPB | Jan. 27, 2016 5:53 p.m.

Three militants were arrested and five occupiers were allowed to leave on Wednesday, as those arrested earlier in the week faced indictment.

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Addressing Questions And Rumors As Occupation Continues

OPB | Jan. 23, 2016 11:41 a.m. | Portland

OPB reporters Amanda Peacher and John Sepulvado answered questions on Twitter about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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Militants Bring Young Children To Stay At Occupied Refuge

OPB | Jan. 22, 2016 5:01 p.m.

The two young girls now staying at the occupied refuge are sisters, ages 8 and 9.

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Meet The Women Of The Occupied Refuge

OPB | Jan. 22, 2016 4:52 p.m.

In the shadow of the the cowboy hats worn by militiamen at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, there are women cooking pots of chili, doing laundry, and leading Bible study. 

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BLM Considers Reinstating Hammond Grazing Leases

OPB | Jan. 21, 2016 2:30 p.m.

The Bureau of Land Management is in discussions with the family of Dwight and Steven Hammond to restore the family’s grazing access to federal lands.

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Negotiations Begin With Bundy And FBI

OPB | Jan. 21, 2016 1:30 p.m.

The FBI negotiator wasn’t on site and spoke to Bundy by phone.

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Militants Plow New Roads At Refuge, Possibly Damaging Artifacts

OPB | Jan. 20, 2016 6:45 p.m.

One militant, who refused to give his name, again plowed dirt with a refuge bulldozer Wednesday.

An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Burns Meeting Grows Tense When Militants Arrive

OPB | Jan. 19, 2016 11:15 p.m.

The atmosphere in the high school gym became increasingly heated with  supporters and opponents of the militants occasionally shouting over each other. 

Fish & Wildlife | News | An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Occupation Spokesperson LaVoy Finicum Travels Freely To Utah And Back

OPB | Jan. 15, 2016 5:40 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum left the refuge this week to drive to Utah, before returning to the occupied complex Thursday morning.

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New Militants, Supplies Arrive With Ease At Malheur Refuge

OPB | Jan. 15, 2016 5:07 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

The armed militants still won't tell exactly how many people are occupying the refuge headquarters, but it's clear some newcomers have shown up.

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Bend Protesters Rally Against Refuge Occupation

OPB | Jan. 15, 2016 4:43 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

More than 100 protesters gathered in Bend Friday to rally against the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.