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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 | News

Third Rabies Case Confirmed In Lane County

OPB | Oct. 8, 2015 10:45 a.m.

A woman was walking on the campus of Lane Community College when she was scratched by a bat.

local | Business | News

Apple Doubles Land Ownership In Central Oregon

OPB | Oct. 7, 2015 5:30 p.m.

The tech giant has alluded to plans to expand its Prineville operations, but Apple's plan for the 200 acres it just bought from Crook County is a mystery.

Bend Presents Options For Expanding UGB

OPB | Oct. 7, 2015 2:04 p.m.

The city of Bend is hosting public meetings this week to present scenarios on how, and where Bend could grow.

local | News

Baker City Won't Resort To Mandatory Water Conservation

OPB | Oct. 6, 2015 5:35 p.m.

Baker City officials say they won't have to implement mandatory water conservation measures for city residents.

Business | News

Economic Expansion Leads To Labor Shortage In Deschutes County

OPB | Oct. 1, 2015 5:09 p.m.

New residents are moving to Deschutes County at a rapid pace, but they're not necessarily workers.

NW Life | Agriculture

USDA Grant Supports Diverse Oregon Farmers

OPB | Sept. 28, 2015 10:06 a.m.

An Oregon nonprofit is one of about 50 organizations nationwide to receive federal funds to support diverse farmers.

local | Politics | News

Government Shutdown Could Squeeze Food-Stamps

OPB | Sept. 25, 2015 6:09 p.m.

More than 750,000 Oregonians receive federally funded SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps.


After Possible Evidence Tampering, Brown's Office To Look Into OSP Lab Practices

OPB | Sept. 25, 2015 10:09 a.m.

That's alongside investigations by Oregon's Department of Justice and the Deschutes County's District Attorney.

local | Business | Technology | News

Subspace Glider Takes First Test Flight From Redmond

OPB | Sept. 23, 2015 2:15 p.m.

The designers of the Perlan II hope the plane will eventually set new records by gliding to 90,000 feet.

Land use | Forestry | News

Cameras Will Soon Do The Job Of Fire Tower Lookouts

OPB | Sept. 22, 2015 3:25 p.m.

Some fire tower lookouts in Oregon will soon be replaced with high-powered video cameras.

NW Life | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | News

US Rejects Protections For Greater Sage Grouse

OPB | Sept. 22, 2015 6:08 a.m.

The U.S. Interior Department says the greater sage grouse does not need federal protections after some limits were put on energy development and other activities.

'What Are You Looking At?' Wendy Red Star on 'Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher'

OPB | Sept. 19, 2015 8:45 a.m.

Red Star considers Curtis' attempt to capture "the vanishing race".

NW Life | News

Oregon's First Whitewater Park Opens In Bend

OPB | Sept. 18, 2015 6:04 p.m.

The park was constructed so that wave technicians can adjust the waves from a tablet computer.

Environment | local | News

Firefighting Costs For Canyon Creek Complex Near $30M

OPB | Sept. 18, 2015 3:36 p.m.

Fire officials are starting to get a handle on the cost of Oregon's most destructive wildfires this year.

Health | local | News

Oregon Health Authority Reaches Out To Rural Community

OPB | Sept. 18, 2015 2:24 p.m.

For the first time, Oregon's Health Authority will host a health fair in rural Lake County on Tuesday.

local | Education | News

Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of OSU-Cascades

OPB | Sept. 16, 2015 4:50 p.m.

The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision by the state Land Use Board of Appeals.

Environment | local

Congressman Walden Holds Fire Meeting In Canyon City

OPB | Sept. 15, 2015 7:31 a.m.

More than 50 people turned out Monday in Canyon City to discuss the Canyon Creek wildfire and forest policy.

Sisters Folk Fest Celebrates 20 Years

OPB | Sept. 12, 2015 1:24 p.m.

The Sisters Folk Festival is celebrating twenty years of music this weekend.

Fish & Wildlife | Water | Animals | News

Songbirds Thrive In Restored Sage Grouse Habitat

OPB | Sept. 12, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Restoration for sage grouse boosts the population of other native birds, too.

local | News

Oregon Firm Will Be First In US To Produce New Timber Product

OPB | Sept. 11, 2015 5 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

A Southern Oregon company is the first in the nation to produce a new kind of timber product.