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Amelia Templeton

Amelia Templeton is a multimedia reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She covers City Hall and Portland area 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 also worked as a freelance journalist for NPR, Marketplace, and CBS News. From 2007-2009 she was a Refugee Policy Analyst with Human Rights First in Washington, DC.

Amelia has been producing radio since 2004, when she contributed to a student radio podcast of stories from the war in Iraq. She has a B.A. 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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More Structures Burn in Northwest Wildfires

OPB | Aug. 29, 2015 9 a.m. | Portland

A fire burning south of Cove Palisades State Park, two miles northwest of Culver, Oregon has grown to more than 200 acres and consumed two homes.

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Smoke From Washington Fires Blanket Willamette Valley

OPB | Aug. 22, 2015 6:39 p.m. | Portland

The smoke caused harmful air quality for residents in Southwest Washington and the Willamette Valley.

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Portland To Provide Housing, Storage For Some Homeless

OPB | Aug. 20, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced several new programs Thursday targeting the city's homeless population.

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AG Alleges Loan Company Preyed On Oregonians

OPB | Aug. 18, 2015 5:43 p.m.

Oregon's attorney general is suing a loan company that allegedly charged annual interest rates between 181 percent and 334 percent on illegal loans.  

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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.

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Fire Officials Evacuate 400 Central Oregon Resort Guests

OPB | Aug. 14, 2015 7:07 a.m. | Portland

A fire burning in the Warm Springs Indian Reservation has led to the evacuation of 400 guests at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort.

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Coast Guard Fines Activists For Icebreaker Protest

OPB | Aug. 12, 2015 1:23 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard has notified five Greenpeace protesters they are being fined $5,000 each for interfering with the safe operation of a vessel.

Environment | News | local | Water

5 Facts About The Willamette's Green Slime

OPB | Aug. 11, 2015 1:23 p.m. | Portland

Last month, the Oregon Health Authority released a health advisory for the Willamette River, due to an algae bloom that has produced low but detectible levels of toxins. 

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Parenting Program At Oregon's Women's Prison Funded For 2 More Years

OPB | Aug. 5, 2015 7:02 p.m.

The Portland YWCA and state lawmakers have stepped in to continue a program that helps some mothers at Oregon's women's prison bond with their kids.

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

To Prepare For 'The Really Big One,' Test Your Kit

OPB | Aug. 1, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Do you know what you absolutely need to survive the first few days after a big earthquake, or if a wildfire forced you to evacuate? Maybe it’s your medication, a water filter, or some decent instant coffee.

Environment | News | NW Life | Greetings From The Northwest: August River Adventures

Wait, Can I Swim In That River Dividing Portland?

OPB | Aug. 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Your friends say swimming in the Willamette around Portland is disgusting. Are they right?

Environment | News | Communities | Energy

Portland Mayor On Bridge Activists: 'Protests Are Helpful'

OPB | July 30, 2015 1 p.m. | Portland

OPB spoke with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who also serves as the city’s police commissioner, about who has jurisdiction over the protesters and whether they have his support.

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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.


Oregon Sheriff, FBI: No Toxic Substances Found In Letters

OPB | July 28, 2015 12:14 p.m.

Sheriffs in at least 20 Oregon counties have received strange letters in the mail this week, but according to the FBI,  tests have not found any toxic substance in any of the letters.

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Kayactivists Paddle In Protest As Shell Prepares For Arctic Drill

OPB | July 25, 2015 9:53 p.m. | Portland

Portlanders took to the Willamette River Saturday to protest the arrival of a ship that is key to Shell's plan to explore for oil in the Arctic. The protesters believe delaying the ship's departure could slow Shell's drilling. 


Portland Celebrates Key Disability Rights Law With An Open Mic

OPB | July 24, 2015 4:34 p.m. | Portland

This weekend, Oregonians are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Environment | News | Energy

Kayactivists Prepare For Shell Icebreaker To Arrive In Portland

OPB | July 18, 2015 5:22 p.m.

Climate change activists say a key vessel that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s artic oil exploration fleet is on its way to Portland for repairs. They plan to respond with civil disobedience on land and by kayak.

3 Big Takeaways From Portland's Data On Uber And Taxis

OPB | July 17, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Portland

Uber and Lyft captured more than 40 percent of the market for rides in their first month in Portland, and three other things we learned this week.

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Drones Increasingly Force Firefighting Aircraft To Ground

OPB | July 17, 2015 10:22 a.m.

Federal forest managers say drones flown by hobbyists and photographers have interfered with firefighting efforts at least eight times this year, in California, Washington, Colorado, Utah, and Minnesota. 

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Portland Plans To Buy Lot, Possibly For Homeless Camp

OPB | July 15, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Portland

The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to authorize the purchase of a small industrial lot that could house a homeless camp.