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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

local | Science | News

Paleontologists Uncover Fossils Of Prehistoric Rodents In Central Oregon

OPB | May 27, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Imagine a tiny beaver that could fit into both of your hands. Twenty-eight million years ago, such a species lived in Oregon. Paleontologists have unearthed fossils of 10 newly-discovered species in Central Oregon.

Politics | News

Bend, Eugene Postal Plants Will Remain Open For Now

OPB | May 27, 2015 11:31 a.m.

Bend and Eugene-Springfield were among more than 50 mail processing facilities originally slated to close this summer.

News | Economy

Oregon Home Prices Increase 6.4 Percent

OPB | May 27, 2015 10:01 a.m.

House prices rose 6.4 percent in Oregon in the past year, according to a federal index released Tuesday.

local | News

Central Oregon Homeless Count Reveals Housing Is Still A Struggle

OPB | May 26, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Fewer people in Central Oregon reported being homeless than in 2014, but the number of people who said they were living outdoors or in a vehicle rose this year.

Water | Environment | News

Gas Line Ruptures Near Deschutes River

AP | May 26, 2015 10:54 a.m.

Construction crews ruptured a gas line near the Deschutes River in Bend Tuesday at the site of the Colorado Dam construction project.

local | Environment | News

Upcoming Fire Season Puts Pressure On Homeowners To Prepare

OPB | May 21, 2015 4:40 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

This summer is expected to be dry and hot, and that means increased wildfire risk. Communities near range or forest land are especially vulnerable.

Politics | News

Public Safety Levies In Josephine and Curry Counties Fail; Polk's Passes

OPB | May 20, 2015 10:45 a.m.

Election results are in for three public safety levies in Southwest Oregon timber counties.

News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake?

Earthquake Readiness With A Toddler Requires Extra Prep

OPB | May 20, 2015 9:53 a.m.

OPB asked four families to simulate what might happen when a megaquake strikes. In Lincoln City, Patrick Alexander and Krista Eddy  said they used to feel prepared. But that changed after their son was born.

local | News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake?

The 1st Preparedness Commandment: Know Thy Neighbor

OPB | May 17, 2015 6:02 p.m.

Community can be just as important to emergency planning as food and water supplies.

local | Family | News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake?

Have A Plan To Meet Loved Ones After A Disaster

OPB | May 17, 2015 9:43 a.m.

A person should have a family meet up plan in place for anywhere they spend time, such as work, school, faith organizations, sporting events or commuting.

local | News

Laid-Off Mill Workers Receive Federal Aid

OPB | May 14, 2015 5:13 p.m.

Federal funds are on the way to workers laid off from Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville.


Bend La-Pine Students Can Expect Larger Class Sizes Next Year

OPB | May 13, 2015 3:58 p.m.

The Bend-La Pine school district has released a preliminary budget for next year that could result in larger class sizes.

Energy | Fish & Wildlife | News

A Potential First: Lane County Asks For Drought Declaration

OPB | May 13, 2015 11:48 a.m.

Lane is the first Western Oregon county to make a drought emergency request this year.

local | Family | News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake?

Living Off Your Quake Kit: Son's Birth Changes 'Cavalier Attitude' Of Coastal Couple

OPB | May 12, 2015 10:45 a.m.

When their son Quinn was born, coastal resident Patrick Alexander says his perspective on emergency preparedness changed. Now, he and Eddy think about what they need to do to care for their 2-year-old.

local | Environment | News

Skiing Leg Of Iconic Bend Race Cancelled

OPB | May 6, 2015 11:35 a.m.

Organizers for Bend's Pole Pedal Paddle race have cancelled the cross country skiing leg of the annual athletic event due to lack of snow.

Environment | News

Dry, Dead Wood Could Help Ignite Wildfires In Oregon And Washington

OPB | May 1, 2015 2:35 p.m.

Agencies are forecasting higher than normal fire activity across Oregon and Washington.

Land use | Education | News

OSU President On OSU-Cascades: 'This Is Going To Happen'

OPB | May 1, 2015 8:28 a.m.

Oregon State University president Ed Ray spoke in Bend Thursday to garner support for the university's four-year college there.


Oregon Counties To Receive $61 Million In Timber Payments

OPB | April 29, 2015 2:40 p.m.

Oregon counties will receive nearly $61 million over two years in timber payments.


Ceremony Honors 31 Oregon Workers Who Died In 2014

OPB | April 28, 2015 2:19 p.m.

A ceremony honors 31 fallen workers 2014.

local | News

Deschutes County Inmate Dies By Apparent Suicide

OPB | April 27, 2015 1:07 p.m.

An inmate at the Deschutes County Jail died early Sunday morning. Officials say it's the second death in the county facility within six months.