Reporter and Producer
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.
The failed attack was orchestrated by William Keebler who knew LaVoy Finicum, spokesman for the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Two men have been guarding the illegal memorial on U.S. Route 395 for nearly three weeks.
Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson indicated that he is the subject of two complaints generated by employees in his office.
Judge Grasty was a vocal critic of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Environment | local | NewsOPB | June 9, 2016 9:34 a.m. | Bend, Oregon
The Akawana fire is within a few miles of a subdivision northeast of Sisters in Jefferson County and it's triggered a preliminary evacuation notice for residents.
The 2,000 acre Akawana fire located northeast of Sisters in central Oregon is threatening 1,200 homes and is expected to grow.
The new policy could allow certain young offenders to resolve their cases in juvenile court instead of being tried as adults.
The Bend Parks and Recreation Board has passed a memorandum of understanding about the future of Mirror Pond.
In the next 14 years, Bend’s population is expected to grow by 40 percent. How will the community accommodate all those new residents without losing character?
Nine Oregon counties have filed a lawsuit opposing the state’s 2015 paid sick leave law.
The complaint alleged that Ammon Bundy’s lawyers violated the state bar’s professional conduct rules about trial publicity.
The final report concluded that the there is insufficient evidence to prove that sheriff’s office staff engaged in criminal conduct related to inmate Edwin Mays' death.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has placed Police Chief Larry O’Dea on administrative leave over his role in an accidental shooting last month.
Land | Environment | Politics | local | NewsOPB | May 23, 2016 2:15 p.m.
The vast and rugged area is known for its stunning red rock geology and canyons, recreation opportunities and expansive wildlife habitat. It’s also an important area for cattle grazing.
Environment | local | NewsOPB | May 16, 2016 6:15 p.m.
A central Oregon conservation group has filed an intent to sue Portland General Electric over water quality on the lower Deschutes River.