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

News | OPB News Blog

PSU Student's Past Convictions Of Sex Crimes Involving Minors Spark Election Controversy

OPB | April 17, 2015 1:45 p.m. | Portland

Fliers posted on the PSU campus  revealed that a candidate for student body president was convicted of attempted second degree rape and sodomy in the third degree.


Widow of Murdered Snake River Correctional Facility Inmate Receives $450,000 Settlement From State

OPB | April 17, 2015 8:06 a.m.

The Oregon Department of Corrections has settled two wrongful death claims filed by the wife of Michael Hagen, an inmate who was murdered in the Snake River Correctional Institution in 2012.


Cascade Locks Presses Forward With Nestle Spring Water Deal

OPB | April 11, 2015 11:57 a.m.

The City of Cascade Locks and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have filed paperwork for a water rights swap. The move would allow Nestle to bottle spring water in the Columbia Gorge.


Portland Police: 2 Dead In Shooting, 1 Critically Wounded

OPB | April 11, 2015 10:55 a.m.

A man and a woman were fatally shot and an additional man was transported to a Portland hospital with life threatening injuries. He is in critical condition, said Portland police.  


Dog Tags Found In Oregon Desert Returned To 92 Year Old WWII Veteran

OPB | April 10, 2015 4:57 p.m.

A 92 year old  World War II veteran has received a set of dog tags he lost in the Oregon more than 70 years ago.


Wyden, Blumenauer Propose Changing Federal Tax Code So Pot Businesses Can Deduct Expenses

OPB | April 9, 2015 4:32 p.m.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has thrown his weight behind an effort to change the federal tax code to make it easier for pot businesses to claim deductions.


Oregon Lawmakers Propose Alternative To Prison For Offenders Raising Children

OPB | April 8, 2015 5:02 p.m.

Lawmakers in Salem are working on a bill that would allow some criminal offenders who are also parents to avoid prison time.

News | Environment | Water

Oregon River Guides Expect Plenty Of Whitewater, In Spite Of Lousy Snowpack

OPB | April 8, 2015 11:20 a.m.

Good winter rain and mandated water releases to protect salmon mean the Rogue and Klamath will have reliable whitewater in spite of a lousy snowpack.

local | News

Mayor Hales Lifts Indiana Travel Ban

OPB | April 7, 2015 12:38 p.m.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has lifted a ban on city-funded travel to Indiana.


Do You Want A Blood Pressure Check With That Haircut?

OPB | April 4, 2015 6:12 p.m. | Portland

A Portland health clinic is using the strong bond barbers have with their clients to encourage people to check their blood pressure.

local | News

Portland's New Police Oversight Group Holds First Public Hearing

OPB | April 3, 2015 3:53 p.m.

Portland has a new police oversight group, the Community Oversight Advisory Board. It’s made up of five police officers and 15 citizen volunteers, including people living with disabilities and mental illnesses.


Washington Marijuana Grower Suggests New Businesses Start Small

OPB | March 29, 2015 12:05 p.m.

Washington reported $64 million in pot sales last year. But some growers say they’re struggling to stay in business.     

Sports | News

Goal Ball Tournament Rolls Into Vancouver

OPB | March 27, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Balls filled with bells will clang in Vancouver this weekend as the city hosts the country’s first-ever college goal ball tournament. 

local | News | Fish & Wildlife

5 Insights Into Gray Whales That Migrate Past Oregon Twice Each Year

OPB | March 21, 2015 3:49 p.m. | Portland

Close to 20,000 gray whales are starting their spring migration from the lagoons off Mexico where they give birth to feeding grounds in the high arctic. This time of year, they start to appear off the Oregon Coast. In celebration of Whale Week in Oregon, here are five insights into their lives.


US Attorney For Oregon Amanda Marshall Placed On Leave

OPB | March 14, 2015 4:31 p.m.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed that Oregon’s top federal prosecutor, Amanda Marshall, is on leave and Billy Williams is serving as the state’s acting U.S. Attorney.


Portland Proposes Law: Criminal History Question Comes Last For Job Applicants

OPB | March 12, 2015 11:35 a.m.

Portland could join dozens of cities, including Seattle and San Francisco, that are making it easier for people with criminal records to get hired.  


Oregon Woman Discriminated Against By Bakery Says She Has Received Death Threats

OPB | March 10, 2015 5:08 p.m.

A same-sex couple says they received death threats after a Gresham bakery refused to make their wedding cake, and the story went national.


Oregon Groups Say Modest Sentencing Reforms Have Cut Prison Population Growth

OPB | March 7, 2015 5:07 p.m.

In the last year, Oregon’s prison population dropped  slightly, from about 14,700 people to about 14,600 people. Justice groups say that's the result of reforms-- and want the state to invest in parole and treatment programs.


Bill Introduced to Overhaul Oregon’s Post-Conviction DNA Testing Law

OPB | March 6, 2015 2:05 p.m.

Defense attorneys say the state’s DNA law is confusing and almost impossible for inmates to use. In the 14 years it has been in effect, just two defendants have successfully convinced judges to order DNA testing in their cases based on the statute.


Oregon Archaeologists Discover 15,000-Year-Old Knife

OPB | March 5, 2015 3:57 p.m.

In the high desert west of Burns, Oregon, a team of archeologists have discovered an unusual artifact they suspect is new evidence of one of the oldest human settlements in North America.