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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

Environment | News | Water | local | Health

Oversight Group Tells Portland To Slow Decision On Water Treatment Plant

OPB | July 26, 2017 8 a.m. | Portland

A key watchdog group that monitors spending at the Portland Water Bureau said it will ask the City Council to slow its decision on a pricey new water treatment facility.

Communities | News | local

2 Portland Police Chief Candidate Finalists Identified

OPB | July 24, 2017 5:33 p.m.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is meeting with four police chief finalists this week. The finalists include current chief Mike Marshman and an assistant chief of police from Pittsburgh.

Water | News | local

Average Cost Of Portland Tap Water Could Increase $10 A Month

OPB | July 11, 2017 12:46 p.m. | Portland

Treating Portland's water supply for a microscopic pathogen, cryptosporidium, could increase the average monthly bill for customers as much as $10.38 in coming years.

Environment | News | Nation

Wildfires Burning In Oregon, Southwest Washington

OPB | July 10, 2017 12:22 p.m.

A wildfire has caused delays on Oregon's main route between Bend and Lakeview. And some residents near White Salmon, Washington have been asked to be ready to evacuate, due to the Dry Creek Fire.

News | local

Judge Upholds Portland's Renter Protection Law

OPB | July 7, 2017 3:30 p.m. | Portland

A Multnomah County judge on Friday upheld a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to help pay relocation expenses for their tenants in some circumstances.  

Education | News | local

Iranian-American Gives Millions To PSU, Slams Trump's Travel Ban

OPB | July 6, 2017 4:51 p.m.

Portland State University's top donor just gave the school another $5 million. The Iranian-American businessman used the occasion to criticize president Donald Trump’s travel ban.

News | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Washington Tribe Member Sentenced For Malheur Takeover

OPB | July 6, 2017 3:33 p.m. | Portland

Eric Lee Flores, 23, was sentenced Thursday for his role in taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon.

Water | News | local

Portland Weighs $500 Million Water Treatment Plant

OPB | June 27, 2017 11:04 p.m. | Portland

The Portland Water Bureau is weighing options to comply with a federal rule that requires treatment of the city’s drinking water supply for a single-celled parasite. The cost could be $500 million.

Land | Environment | News | local | NW Life

Federal Court Pops Up In Grant County For Rainbow Gathering

OPB | June 26, 2017 4:39 p.m. | Portland

A small team of federal prosecutors and judges is deploying to Grant County, Oregon, where the Rainbow Gathering is taking place.

Politics | News | Nation | local

Portland Police Chief Defends Police Use Of Force At Dueling Protests

OPB | June 23, 2017 5:48 p.m. | Portland

Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman has written a detailed account of why police officers used pepper spray and detained dozens of people during dueling protests in downtown Portland on June 4.

News | Sports | local

Portland Approves $50 Million Soccer Stadium Expansion

OPB | June 21, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Portland

The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve an expansion of Providence Park Stadium, home to the Portland Timbers and the Portland Thorns. 

Recreation | NW Life | Water | local

A Brief Guide To Swimming In Portland’s Willamette River

OPB | June 21, 2017 1:46 p.m. | Portland

Water quality testing consistently shows it's safe to swim in the Willamette River. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you decide to take a dip.


Portland Homeless Count Shows Numbers Up, But Some Good News

OPB | June 19, 2017 2:45 p.m.

A one-night count of homeless people in Portland and Multnomah County in February found that homelessness continues to grow, but local leaders have made progress getting people into temporary shelter.

News | local

Trump's Former Northwest Campaign Chair Is Encouraging Men To Register For Draft

OPB | June 13, 2017 1:15 p.m.

The director of the Selective Service Administration is in Oregon and Washington this week, encouraging men to register.

Politics | Environment | News | local

Portland Joins Effort To Publish Removed EPA Climate Change Website

OPB | June 12, 2017 4:31 p.m.

The city of Portland is joining a national effort to post climate change data that was removed from the website of the Environmental Protection Agency in April.

Environment | News | Water | local

4 Ways Portland's Willamette Riverfront Could Change

OPB | June 7, 2017 3:26 p.m. | Portland

Several stretches of the Willamette River in downtown Portland are poised for a makeover in the coming decade.  

News | local

Portland's 911 Hold Times Are Worse Than The City Reported

OPB | June 7, 2017 6:15 a.m. | Portland

A new report published Wednesday reveals that for more than a decade, Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Communications misstated how long it took dispatchers to answer 911 calls.

Politics | News | Nation | local

'OPB Politics Now': Political Aftermath Of The Portland Train Stabbing

OPB | June 2, 2017 8:51 a.m. | Portland

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s response to the stabbings on the MAX train brought up some serious questions about free speech vs. hate speech.

Politics | News | Nation | local

Grandmother Of Portland Stabbing Victim Asks Organizers To Cancel Dueling Rallies

OPB | June 1, 2017 7:29 p.m. | Portland

The family of a man stabbed on a Portland light-rail train last week wants organizers to cancel a right-wing rally planned for Sunday. They also want counter-protesters on the left to cancel.

Politics | News | local

People Of Color In Portland Government Face A Frustrating And Even Scary Time

OPB | May 16, 2017 6:45 a.m. | Portland

Portland's elected council members are all white. But many of their employees are not. The frequent, chaotic protests at City Hall have frustrated and even scared some of the people of color who work for the city.