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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

Health | Communities | News | NW Life

Cleaning Up The Willamette, One Sock At A Time

OPB | June 27, 2015 2:27 p.m.

Rocks. Socks. And an old pier. Those are among the things volunteers removed during a clean-up of the Willamette River Saturday.

local | Nation | News

What Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Means For Oregon

OPB | June 26, 2015 7 a.m. | Portland

The Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

local | News

Homeless Drug Abusers Find Solace In Police Program

OPB | June 24, 2015 6:30 p.m. | Portland

For the past decade, the Portland Police Bureau has spent millions on housing and treatment for homeless people with drug and alcohol addictions. Today, the Portland City Council held up reauthorizing the program for another year, caught off guard by changes the bureau wants to make. 

News | Arts | NW Life

Celebrate The Solstice With Rowdy, Unpolished Shakespeare In The Park

OPB | June 20, 2015 5:17 p.m.

Portland’s Original Practice Shakespeare Festival is performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the summer solstice this weekend.   The twist: the audience will get to vote on which cast member will play each role.

local | News | Politics

Wyden Works With President On Path Forward For Trade Bill

OPB | June 18, 2015 6:11 p.m.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that gives President Obama authority to finalize a trade deal with 11 countries in Asia.

NW Life | News | Education

Undaunted By Appeal, OSU-Cascades Plans To Break Ground In Bend

OPB | June 18, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon State University announced that it expects to start construction of its new Bend campus by the end of the month.


Portland Aims To Eliminate Traffic Fatalities — Funding TBD

OPB | June 17, 2015 1:53 p.m.

More than six out of 100,000 people die on the road in Portland. The City Council wants to drop that to zero.

World | Environment | News | Sustainability

Portland Mayor Hales To Talk Climate Change With Pope Francis

OPB | June 16, 2015 1:45 p.m. | Portland

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is among 16 mayors from around the world chosen to attend a papal summit on July 21.

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Portland Expands Loan Program Designed To Combat Gentrification

OPB | June 11, 2015 5:05 p.m.

The Portland Housing Bureau is expanding a home repair loan program to help seniors and African-Americans stay in their neighborhoods.


Review Finds Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section Understaffed, Lacking Oversight

OPB | June 6, 2015 3:39 p.m.

A review by the Oregon Department of Justice, released this week by the OSP, found that the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section lacked supervision and clear policies for managing digital evidence.    

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Oregon Senate Approves More Time To File Rape Charges

OPB | June 4, 2015 1:37 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Senate has approved a bill doubling the amount of time rape or sexual assault victims would have to press charges against their abusers.

local | Business | Economy | News

Lloyd's Ends Long Relationship With Oregon Cannabis Businesses

OPB | June 4, 2015 11:53 a.m.

The legendary London company was among the first to insure pot businesses. It's backing out of the market, citing federal law.


Designers Selected For Willamette Falls Riverwalk

OPB | May 29, 2015 5:27 p.m.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown paid a visit to Willamette Falls and the site of the old Blue Heron paper mill Friday. The governor announced that local firm Meyer Reed is among an international team of designers that will create a river walkway to give visitors a closer look.


Lawsuit Alleges Jail Staff Watched Football Game While Inmate Died

OPB | May 29, 2015 12:26 p.m.

The family of a man who died of a methamphetamine overdose at the Deschutes County Jail filed a wrongful death lawsuit this week. 

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Portland Seeks More Landlords Who Will Rent To Veterans With Vouchers

OPB | May 28, 2015 3:05 p.m. | Portland

The City of Portland says it has found housing for about 600 homeless veterans in the past year. That’s about halfway toward meeting Mayor Charlie Hales’ goal of housing all homeless vets by Veterans Day in November.


Rape Survivors Push Oregon Legislature For More Time To File Charges

OPB | May 26, 2015 5:50 p.m.

Lawmakers in Salem will consider a bill Wednesday that would double the state's general statute of limitations on rape from 6 years to 12 years.  Some advocates and rape survivors say that isn’t long enough.

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

What If Your Family Prepared For a Megaquake, But Your Neighbors Forgot?

OPB | May 20, 2015 2:41 p.m.

As part of OPB's "Living Off Your Kit" weekend, the Stephens family lived in their backyard without electricity, running water, or flush toilets for a weekend, surviving on their earthquake supplies. Their key challenge will be encouraging other people on their block to prepare for an earthquake.

Politics | News | NW Life

Uber's Wheelchair-Accessible Option In Portland Doesn't Work 9 to 5

OPB | May 18, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Uber's service appears to fall short of the city's requirement that transportation app companies provide equitable service to people with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs.

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

Stephens Family: 'You Have To Keep Practicing It'

OPB | May 16, 2015 8:12 p.m.

What would the Stephens family do if they were separated by a major earthquake? Megan asks the kids what they’d do if they were on their way home on the bus when a disaster struck.

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

Living Off Your Quake Kit: Stephens Family Feels Ready After Brush With Earthquake

OPB | May 14, 2015 12:52 p.m.

In spite of John Stephens' disaster readiness experience, in 2013, when the family was living in China, his wife Megan felt vulnerable and powerless when they were caught in a magnitude 6.6 earthquake.