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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 | Northwest Wildfires 2017

After More Than 45 Days, Teenage Suspect Charged As Juvenile In Eagle Creek Fire

OPB | Oct. 19, 2017 noon

A 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, is facing misdemeanor charges for starting the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.

Agriculture | Food | News | local | Business | Health

Growing Local In Central Oregon Isn't Easy, But Farmers Are Seeing Success

OPB | Oct. 17, 2017 7 a.m.

A growing number of small farmers are making a mark on central Oregon’s local food scene — despite the region’s challenging agricultural conditions.

Business | local | News

Bend Leaders Seek Support For Central District Redevelopment

OPB | Oct. 13, 2017 6:45 a.m.

The city of Bend has plans to revitalize an industrial area in the center of town.

local | News

Oregon Justice Department Clears Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer

OPB | Oct. 12, 2017 11:47 a.m.

Oregon's Department of Justice has concluded that Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer did not act commit criminal acts by destroying public records and issuing handgun licenses to out-of-state residents. 

Politics | local | News

Committee Leans Toward Change To How Bend Elects Its Leaders

OPB | Oct. 5, 2017 3:16 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Bend residents may soon have the option to change how their city is governed.

News | local | Education

Growth Of OSU-Cascades In Bend Hinges On State Funding

OPB | Sept. 29, 2017 1:04 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Campus growth goals might take longer than expected after OSU-Cascades received a trimmed down funding package from lawmakers this year.

Health | local | News

Oregon: St. Charles Hospital In Bend Violated Staffing Rules

OPB | Sept. 29, 2017 10:02 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority released a report Thursday detailing how St. Charles Hospital in Bend violated its own staffing rules. 

Business | Communities | Economy | News | Nation

Ontario Becomes Oregon's Only City To Approve A Sales Tax

OPB | Sept. 27, 2017 4:08 p.m.

Ontario is the only Oregon city that will have a retail sales tax, after the City Council approved a 1 percent general sales tax Tuesday.

local | Environment | News

Rain Brings Relief For Oregon Wildfires, But Also New Risks

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 11:03 a.m.

With cooler temperatures and rain hitting the Northwest, some firefighters are now headed home. 

Communities | Nation | News

Cascade Locks Businesses Ask For Help Recovering From Shutdown

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 2:52 p.m.

The idea of the gift card campaign is to help generate revenue for small businesses that had to close their doors due to the Eagle Creek Fire. 

local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Utah Man Charged With Arson For 4 Oregon Wildfires

OPB | Sept. 12, 2017 2 p.m.

Oregon State Police suspect the Salt Lake City man could be responsible for other fires in the region. 

Bend, La Pine Weigh Options for New High Schools

OPB | Sept. 12, 2017 9:30 a.m.

Along with a larger high school, the district is creating two smaller schools that will focus on expeditionary learning and career building.

Health | Politics | local | Food | News

Oregon Still Ranks 12th Nationwide For Food Insecurity

OPB | Sept. 11, 2017 5:15 p.m.

Approximately 14.6 percent of Oregonians struggle to feed themselves.  

Agriculture | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Fate Of Teen Suspected In Eagle Creek Fire Depends On Charges, Investigation

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 7:45 a.m.

Oregon State Police have identified a 15-year-old male from Vancouver, Washington, as a primary suspect responsible for the still-blazing Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.

Business | Economy | local | News

Buying A New Bike In Oregon? Get Ready To Pay $15 More

OPB | Sept. 4, 2017 12:15 p.m. | Bend, Orgon

Some say the new tax will hurt mom-and-pop cycling shops. Others say it’s a signal that bike commuters are now even bigger players in the transportation mix.

Business | NW Life | Economy | local | News

Are Luxury Resort Ranches The Future Of Eastern Oregon?

OPB | Aug. 9, 2017 1:41 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

Could high-end resorts be an economic answer for eastern Oregon? One Grant County rancher thinks so. 

Business | local | Food | News

Bend's Beer Boom Puts A Squeeze On Water Infrastructure

OPB | Aug. 1, 2017 6:30 a.m.

An average brewery uses seven gallons of water for every one gallon of beer brewed. All of the waste water from Bend's booming beer industry is straining the city's wastewater treatment system. 

local | News

From Parking To Density, Bend Weighs Affordable Housing Ideas

OPB | July 20, 2017 7 a.m.

Bend is considering ways to increase its affordable and middle income housing.

Water | local | News

Court Hears Case Over Bend Drinking Water Project

OPB | July 13, 2017 3:16 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The city of Bend and an environmental group argued Thursday in the Ninth District Court of Appeals over the city’s use of water and healthy fish habitat. 

Communities | Nation | local | News

Oregon DOJ: No Charges For Bend Officer Who Fatally Shot Michael Jacques

OPB | July 11, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Investigators found that there was not enough evidence to criminally prosecute an officer who fired five shots, killing a suspect.