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Amelia Templeton

Amelia Templeton is a multimedia reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting, covering city hall, justice and local news.

She was previously a reporter for EarthFix, an award-winning public media project covering the environment in the Northwest. She coproduced the Oregon Field Guide and online special "Glacier Caves: Mt. Hood’s Secret World."

Amelia has been producing radio since 2004, when she contributed to a student radio podcast of stories from the war in Iraq. Amelia has also worked as a freelance journalist for NPR, American Public Media's Marketplace, and CBS News. From 2007 to 2009 she was a Refugee Policy Analyst with Human Rights First in Washington, D.C.

She has a degree in history from Swarthmore College.

Amelia enjoys hiking, exploring the Northwest, and raising chickens in her backyard.

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Recent Articles

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9 Questions We Asked Portland's Transportation Commissioner

OPB | Jan. 17, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Portland Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman has promised to conduct a full review of the city’s response to three snow and ice storms that brought Portland to a standstill.

Health | local | News

Medical Examiner: Infant Found At Portland Bus Stop Was Stillborn

OPB | Jan. 17, 2017 9:50 a.m. | Portland

Police officers found a homeless mother with a stillborn child at a bus stop in Portland last week, but the death is not being linked to the recent freezing weather. 

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Officials Say No New Exposure Deaths Reported During Portland Storm

OPB | Jan. 12, 2017 2:04 p.m. | Portland

More than 500 people slept in emergency warming shelters Wednesday night, a day after a storm dumped a foot of snow on Portland and shut down the city’s streets and businesses.  

Politics | local | News

Seattle Lends A Hand To Plow Portland Out

OPB | Jan. 12, 2017 10:14 a.m. | Portland

Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency and sought aid from Seattle as Portland digs out from more than a foot of snow.    

Listen: What A Snow Day Sounds Like In Portland

OPB | Jan. 11, 2017 6:36 p.m. | Portland

What does a snow day sound like in Portland? Take a listen to this audio postcard gathered by OPB reporters.

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Portland Police Held Woman For Mental Health Check 2 Months Before She Died

OPB | Jan. 10, 2017 8:30 p.m.

The Portland Police had placed a mental heath hold on a homeless woman and taken her to a hospital two months before she died of hypothermia in a downtown parking garage.

Nation | Communities | local | News

Homeless Portland Woman Who Died Suffered From Schizophrenia

OPB | Jan. 9, 2017 7:33 p.m.

A woman who died of hypothermia in a downtown Portland parking garage struggled for much of her life with schizophrenia.  And she had been recently evicted from an affordable housing complex.

Nation | Communities | Politics | News

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Takes Oath And Calls For Tax, Pension Reform

OPB | Jan. 9, 2017 12:48 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown took the oath of office Monday and called on lawmakers to pursue pension reform and tax increases to close the state's budget deficit.

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Freezing Rain, More Snow In The Forecast For The Willamette Valley Monday

OPB | Jan. 9, 2017 6:45 a.m. | Portland

 Temperatures in the Portland metro area will rise later Monday morning, but not before more freezing rain and possible snow showers continue to coat area roads. Things are looking better for Eugene and surrounding areas, where temperatures could reach the mid 40s. 

Politics | local | News

Portland Mayor Says Public Will Vet Police Chief Candidates

OPB | Jan. 6, 2017 5:34 p.m. | Portland

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans a national search for a new police chief in February. In his first press conference, he said he wants the public to help vet candidates.

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'OPB Politics Now': New Year, New Portland City Government

OPB | Jan. 6, 2017 9:22 a.m.

Will Ted Wheeler buck the trend of one-term mayors in Portland? For our first episode of 2017, we look at the challenges of running the city at a time when incivility is rampant at council meetings.

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Is Portland City Hall A Safe Place To Work?

OPB | Jan. 5, 2017 10:24 a.m. | Portland

New Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler faces the dual challenge of making City Hall welcoming to the public while also protecting city staff. Some government employees say their workplace doesn't feel safe.

NW Life | Politics | local | News

New Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Faces Rising Incivility And Anger At City Hall

OPB | Jan. 3, 2017 4:36 p.m. | Portland

New Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler faces many of the same challenges as mayors across the country: Rising housing prices, distrust of the police, aging city streets — and an erosion of basic civility at City Hall.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Dishes Out Bureau Assignments

OPB | Jan. 3, 2017 10:42 a.m. | Portland

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has placed several city bureaus under new leadership.  

Election | Nation | Politics | local | News

Washington State Senator Says He's Tapped For Trump Transition Team

OPB | Jan. 3, 2017 6:30 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

It's the latest twist in Don Benton's long political career. Benton is retiring from the Washington State Senate later this month after more than two decades serving in the legislature.

Politics | local | News

Vancouver Councilwoman Launches Campaign For Mayor

OPB | Jan. 2, 2017 2:02 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver City Council member Anne McEnerny-Ogle has announced her intent to run for mayor. 

Politics | News

Richardson Pledges To Be Non-Partisan As Oregon's 26th Secretary Of State

OPB | Dec. 30, 2016 1:45 p.m.

Dennis Richardson was sworn in as Oregon’s secretary of state at the Capitol in Salem Friday.

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Glitch In Portland's 911 System Prevents Operators From Returning Dropped Calls

OPB | Dec. 21, 2016 9:15 a.m. | Portland

A system that several of Oregon’s most populous counties use to filter out accidental 911 calls from cellphones has serious unintended consequences.


Mercy Corps, Headquartered In Portland, Helps Evacuees Fleeing Aleppo

OPB | Dec. 19, 2016 7 p.m.

The nonprofit Mercy Corps, headquartered in Portland, is helping evacuees from the Syrian city of Aleppo find shelter.


Good Samaritan Helps Clear Abandoned Cars From Portland-Area Streets

OPB | Dec. 15, 2016 2:45 p.m.

A good Samaritan is roaming the streets of Clackamas and Southeast Portland, offering free tows to drivers.