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Amanda Peacher

Amanda Peacher is a multimedia reporter/producer covering Central Oregon. She started at OPB in 2011 as the Public Insight journalist.

Amanda hails from Idaho, where she worked as a freelance journalist, wilderness ranger and as an outreach specialist for a statewide nonprofit.

Amanda has masters degrees in literary nonfiction journalism and environmental studies from the UO. 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 enjoys cycling, playing cello and baking sweets.

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Recent Articles

Arts | History | local

In Harney County, A Unique Oral History Collection Survives

OPB | Aug. 30, 2015 midnight | Burns, Oregon

Here in the heart of Eastern Oregon's sagebrush country lies an unusual resource: The oral histories of hundreds of Harney County's early residents.

News | Business | local

3rd Facebook Data Center For Prineville Likely

OPB | Aug. 26, 2015 4:56 p.m.

The city of Prineville passed a resolution Wednesay in support of a tax deal for a new Facebook data center.

News | Politics | local

Klamath County Asks Sheriff To Go On Leave Amid DOJ Investigation

OPB | Aug. 26, 2015 11:41 a.m.

The Oregon Department of Justice is conducting an investigation into Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah’s conduct.

News | Environment | local

Gov. Brown Visits Wildfire As Managers Watch Weather

OPB | Aug. 19, 2015 3:37 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown toured the Canyon Creek Complex Fire on Wednesday.

News | local

Canyon Creek Fire Reduces Homes To Blackened Rubble

OPB | Aug. 17, 2015 midnight | John Day, Oregon

The 37,000-acre Canyon Creek Complex ballooned Friday and consumed at least 26 houses. Now, residents are returning to find rubble where homes once stood.

News | Environment | local

Oregon Wildfires Force More Than 1,000 To Evacuate

OPB | Aug. 15, 2015 8:59 a.m.

Across Oregon more than 1,000 people have been forced to evacuate homes, ranches and resorts due to wildfires that blew up as strong winds swept across the state Friday.

News | Politics | Business | local

Deschutes County Weighs Ban On Marijuana Business

OPB | Aug. 13, 2015 6:30 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Deschutes is the latest Oregon county to consider "opting out" of marijuana businesses. 

News | Environment | local

ODOT Reopens Long Stretch Of I-84

OPB | Aug. 13, 2015 11:09 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Three Eastern Oregon fires increased in size Thursday, given high winds, low humidity and hot temperatures.

News | local

Highway 26 Closed Again As Warm Springs Fire Spreads

OPB | Aug. 13, 2015 7:01 a.m.

The County Line 2 Fire ignited when a trailer lost a wheel and sent sparks into dry grass along U.S. Highway 26.


Eastern Oregon Fires Grow Rapidly, Prompt Evacuation Alerts

OPB | Aug. 12, 2015 11:12 a.m.

Two large fires in Eastern Oregon have some residents on evacuation alerts.  The fires pose a threat to grouse habitat and ranch lands.


Study: Risk Of Damaging Earthquakes Extends Even To Eastern Oregon, Washington

OPB | Aug. 10, 2015 4:19 p.m.

Western Oregon and Washington face higher risk for a devastating earthquake. But the study shows even the eastern regions of both states could experience damaging shaking from a quake.

Land | News

Cooler Weather Aids Progress On Stouts Creek Fire

OPB | Aug. 10, 2015 10:54 a.m.

Cooler weather is helping crews suppress the Stouts Creek Fire in Southwest Oregon. 

NW Life | News | Entertainment | Family | local

Oregon County Fairs Evolve Traditions To Attract Attendees

OPB | Aug. 7, 2015 3:15 p.m. | Ontario, Oregon

Across Oregon, county fairs are facing the same challenge: How do they adapt for urban audiences while retaining an agricultural spirit?

NW Life | News | local

Dental Work And A Pickup Could Buy You A Paper

OPB | Aug. 6, 2015 5:02 p.m.

The owner of the Malheur County Enterprise has proposed a trade: He'll sell the newspaper for three dental implants, some cash and a fully restored old pickup.

News | local

Southeast Oregon Wildfire Grows, Interstate 84 Reopens

OPB | Aug. 5, 2015 5:50 p.m.

The Lime Hill Fire grew from 600 acres to 7,000 acres Wednesday.

News | Politics | local

Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Make Portland Stops

OPB | Aug. 5, 2015 4 p.m. | Portland

Two prominent Democratic presidential candidates are stopping in Oregon this week.

NW Life | Energy | Business | local

Bend Startup Selected For White House Demo Day

OPB | Aug. 4, 2015 9:51 a.m.

A Bend startup company is in Washington D.C. Tuesday by a special invitation from the White House.

News | local

Metro Talks Options For Portland-Area Food Waste

OPB | July 29, 2015 7:41 p.m.

The greater Portland area has a reputation for managing waste well, but Metro sees room for improvement.

Land use | Water | News | local

Some Eastern Oregon Farms Run Out Of Water

OPB | July 29, 2015 1:40 p.m. | Vale, Oregon

Eastern Oregon farmers said they knew going into the summer that water would be limited.

News | Environment | local

Protesters Rappel From Portland Bridge To Delay Shell Icebreaker

OPB | July 28, 2015 5:55 p.m.

A Shell icebreaking vessel being protested by activist groups will not leave a Portland dock today, according to the Columbia River Bar Pilot dispatch.