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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

local | Election | Politics | News | Election 2016

Brown, Pierce Spar Over Federal Land Management In Gubernatorial Debate

OPB | Sept. 25, 2016 11:12 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

The two candidates took particularly different stances on federal land management.

Nation | NW Life | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Ep. 5: Going Back To Harney County

OPB | Sept. 16, 2016 4:22 p.m.

We return to Harney County to hear how closely residents are following the trial of the refuge occupiers, and to find out how the community is healing seven months after the last occupier was arrested.

Land | Land use | Economy | Agriculture | Communities | Science | Nation | History | News

New Report: Malheur County Has Significant Mining Potential

OPB | Sept. 14, 2016 11:37 a.m.

A new report from Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries shows that an area that conservationists want to protect is rich in mining potential.

Family | Arts | local | Parents | Entertainment | Animals | NW Life | Recreation | News

Harney County Residents Come Together For Fair

OPB | Sept. 12, 2016 9:27 a.m.

Each year, residents from across Harney County come together for the county fair.

local | NW Life | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Trial For Malheur Occupiers Kicks Off In Portland

OPB | Sept. 7, 2016 4:30 p.m.

The federal trial for several of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge began Wednesday in Portland.

Nation | local | News | Think Out Loud

Rebroadcast: 41 Days, Refuge Occupation Documentary

OPB | Sept. 5, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We listen back to our documentary of the nearly six-week Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation in this hour-long Think Out Loud special.

local | Politics | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land': Meet The Defendants

OPB | Sept. 2, 2016 7 a.m.

In the debut episode of "This Land Is Our Land," OPB takes a closer look at the men and women charged with taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year.

Transportation | Economy | Business | NW Life | Environment | Nation | Technology | News

Oregon's Pay-Per-Mile Program Awarded $2.1 Million

OPB | Aug. 31, 2016 10:43 a.m.

The Federal Highway Administration has granted Oregon $2.1 million for the state’s pay per mile tax program.

local | Environment | News

Crook County Rejects Controversial Natural Resources Plan

OPB | Aug. 30, 2016 12:41 p.m. | Prineville, Oregon

Crook County leaders voted 2-1 to reject the natural resource plan submitted by a local political action committee.

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

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.

Animals | local | Environment | News

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.

local | Environment | News

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.

local | Energy | Water | Environment | News

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.

local | Election | Politics | News | 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.

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

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.

local | Election | Politics | News | 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.

local | Environment | News

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.

local | News

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.

Water | local | Environment | Nation | News | Politics

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.