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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

News | Environment | local

Wild Horse Advocates Sue BLM Over Spay Procedures

OPB | July 26, 2016 4:45 p.m.

Feral horses and burros are protected under the 1971 Wild Horses and Burros Act, but overpopulated herds can do a lot of environmental damage.

News | Environment | local

NW Fire Season Slow So Far, But That Could Change In August

OPB | July 24, 2016 12:44 p.m.

The winter’s thicker snowpack and cooler temperatures this summer have helped keep large fires at bay.

News | local | Business | Education | Family

Prineville Moves Forward With Plans To Convert Old School Into Affordable Housing

OPB | July 24, 2016 12:27 p.m.

The former classrooms of Ochoco Elementary School would become 29 apartments with one, two or three bedrooms that would rent for less than $600 per month.

News | Environment | NW Life | Climate change | local

Bend Citizens Debate Climate Change Resolution

OPB | July 22, 2016 noon

Bend is the latest city in Oregon to consider a plan to combat climate change.

News | Politics | Science | local

OSP Accuses Former Crime Lab Scientist Of Stealing Pills

OPB | July 21, 2016 12:24 p.m.

Federal investigators allege that Nika Larsen used her position as a forensic scientist to steal pills from evidence submitted by law enforcement.

News | Business | Politics | Nation

Bend Council Approves Sale Of Properties For Affordable Housing

OPB | July 21, 2016 10:28 a.m.

Over the past year, Bend’s leadership has passed new policies to alleviate the city’s affordable housing crisis.

News | Politics | local

Crook County Leaders Unexpectedly Table Natural Resource Plan

OPB | July 20, 2016 8:15 p.m.

The debate over the plan is the latest among rural Oregon communities that are increasingly frustrated with what they see as federal overreach.

News | Land use | Environment | Recreation | NW Life | Nation | local | Politics

House Budget Bill Would Block Owyhee Monument

OPB | July 19, 2016 10:18 a.m.

The House bill includes language to block funding for new national monuments created by the president.

News | Land use | Nation | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

FBI Corrects The Record On LaVoy Finicum's Involvement In Bombing Attempt

OPB | July 18, 2016 1:44 p.m.

For Jeanette Finicum and many of her husband’s supporters, the misinformation about LaVoy Finicum in the criminal complaint is another strike against the FBI’s credibility.

News | Business | Economy | Education | Election | Politics | local | Election 2016

Bend-La Pine School District Votes To Oppose Statewide Tax Measure

OPB | July 14, 2016 7:15 p.m.

The ballot measure would tax large businesses to help fund education, among other things.

News | Land use | Animals | Environment | local | Water

Conservationists Claim PGE Violated Water Quality Standards At Round Butte Dam

OPB | July 14, 2016 6:15 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Conservationists allege that since the installation of a water mixing device, Portland General Electric has violated state water quality standards more than 1,200 times. 

News | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Draft GOP Platform Echoes Demands From Malheur Occupation

OPB | July 13, 2016 6:23 p.m.

The language echoes some of the demands of the armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Oregon earlier this year.

News | Business | Land use | Economy | Environment | Recreation | NW Life | Nation | Land

'Land Sharing' Opens Private Land To Campers

OPB | July 11, 2016 5 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

You’ve heard of car-sharing. Now here’s “land sharing.”

News | NW Life | Nation | local

DA Rules Officer-Involved Shooting At High Desert Museum Was Justified

OPB | July 6, 2016 3 p.m.

Nicholas Berger had temporarily taken a museum employee hostage, dragging her through the museum in a chokehold while carrying a knife.

News | Business | Transportation | Economy | NW Life | Nation | Sustainability

Coos Rail Projects Receive $11 Million In Federal Grants

OPB | July 6, 2016 1:02 p.m.

The Port of Coos Bay will get an $11 million dollar grant from the U.S Department of Transportation for a number of rail upgrades.

News | local

Bend Police Launch Effort To Curb Bike Thefts

OPB | July 1, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Bend police report that there was a 49 percent increase in bike thefts in 2015.

News | Business | local

Apple Plans 3rd Data Center In Prineville

OPB | July 1, 2016 2:30 p.m.

If the tech giant’s plans are approved, Prineville will have a total of six data center facilities — three belonging to Facebook and three belonging to Apple.

News | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Harney County Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Recall Against Judge Grasty

OPB | June 28, 2016 8:34 p.m.

Preliminary election results show the recall effort against Judge Steve Grasty failed, with 73 percent voting not to oust Harney County's top elected official.

News | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Finicum Knew Man Accused In Failed Arizona Bombing

OPB | June 24, 2016 11:40 a.m.

The failed attack was orchestrated by William Keebler who knew LaVoy Finicum, spokesman for the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

News | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

LaVoy Finicum Supporters Stand Guard At Illegal Roadside Memorial

OPB | June 22, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

Two men have been guarding the illegal memorial on U.S. Route 395 for nearly three weeks.