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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

local | News | Communities | Politics

Who's Running For Portland's First Open City Council Seat In A Decade?

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 3:48 p.m.

For the first time in a decade, there’s an open seat on Portland’s City Council. The race could get crowded. OPB talked to likely candidates.

'OPB Politics Now': Portland City Council Race Gets Interesting

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 10:15 a.m.

Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzaman made a surprise announcement — he won't run for reelection next year.

News | local

Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman Won't Seek Re-Election

OPB | Sept. 12, 2017 2:26 p.m. | Portland

Longtime Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced Tuesday that he won’t seek re-election next year.

Environment | Water | News | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Why The Eagle Creek Fire Is A Major Threat To Portland's Drinking Water

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 5:07 p.m. | Portland

Of all the resources threatened by the Eagle Creek Fire, the Bull Run watershed may be the most critical. It's the drinking water source for about 1-in-4 Oregonians, and it's uniquely vulnerable to a fire.

Environment | local | News | Fish & Wildlife | Northwest Wildfires 2017

'Herman The Sturgeon' Survives Stabbing, Kidnapping, And Now Wildfire

OPB | Sept. 6, 2017 5:44 p.m.

A beloved 79-year old sturgeon has survived a wildfire that forced the evacuation of the Bonneville Fish Hatchery.

News | local | Nation | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Surging Wildfire Reaches Watershed For Portland Area's Drinking Water

OPB | Sept. 5, 2017 4:35 p.m.

Officials say the Eagle Creek Fire entered the Bull Run watershed Tuesday. Bull Run provides drinking water for around 1 million Oregonians.

News | local | NW Life | Northwest Wildfires 2017

As People Flee Oregon's Eagle Creek Fire, Rescuers Return For Frightened Animals

OPB | Sept. 5, 2017 3:30 p.m.

The Eagle Creek Fire raced through the Columbia River Gorge on Monday night, forcing more than 500 homes and farms to evacuate. But as people fled, their livestock and pets were often left behind.

Environment | News | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Eagle Creek Fire Jumps Columbia River Gorge Overnight

OPB | Sept. 4, 2017 6:09 p.m. | Portland

Fire officials confirmed Tuesday morning that the growing Eagle Creek Fire jumped the Columbia River Gorge. Interstate 84 from Troutdale to Hood River remains closed.

Environment | News | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Firefighters Move To Contain Oregon's Eagle Creek Fire

OPB | Sept. 3, 2017 1:53 p.m. | Cascade Locks, Oregon

A human-caused wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge has forced many people in Cascade Locks to evacuate and could threaten additional towns.

Environment | News | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Hikers Caught Between Columbia Gorge Wildfires Rescued

OPB | Sept. 2, 2017 5:26 p.m.

The Columbia River Gorge town of Cascade Locks is under evacuation notices due to the nearby Eagle Creek Fire, which is just 1/2 mile away. On Sunday, crews rescued hikers stranded in the Gorge overnight.

Environment | News | Nation | Climate change | Communities | local

Rescue Teams From The Northwest Deploy To Texas

OPB | Aug. 28, 2017 4:18 p.m.

The Oregon Air National Guard has sent a search and rescue team to help as flood waters rise in Texas. The U.S. Coast Guard is also deploying its teams, including 20 people from Oregon and Washington.

News | local

Portland Council, At Odds With DA, Solidifies Police Shooting Overhaul

OPB | Aug. 24, 2017 7:21 p.m. | Portland

Portland’s City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that requires police officers to give statements within 48 hours of a shooting. The Multnomah County district attorney warned them against it.

News | Nation

Portland Woman Attacked Day Before Fatal MAX Stabbings Says Police, TriMet Failed Her

OPB | Aug. 18, 2017 10:07 a.m. | Portland

A woman who reported being physically assaulted by a white supremacist a day before he stabbed three people on a MAX train is questioning why police didn't arrest him after her attack.

News | local | Politics

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish Says He Has Stomach Cancer

OPB | Aug. 17, 2017 11:33 a.m. | Portland

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish announced Thursday he has stomach cancer. He has not decided whether to seek another term next year.

News | local | Science

Renowned Newport, Oregon, Oceanographer Bill Peterson Dies

OPB | Aug. 14, 2017 5:36 p.m.

A renowned Oregon ocean scientist has died.  Bill Peterson, 74, helped illuminate how climate events like the El Niño affect the ocean food web including the Northwest's salmon runs.

News | Economy | local

Portland Landlords Appeal Renter Relocation Decision

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 11:46 a.m. | Portland

Two Portland landlords will continue their legal challenge to an ordinance that requires them to help pay relocation expenses for their tenants in some situations.


Portland Will Buy Strip Club Lot For Affordable Housing

OPB | Aug. 9, 2017 12:33 p.m. | Portland

The Portland Housing Bureau will buy a strip club and a large empty lot across the street from Cleveland High School and develop affordable housing there.

News | local | Politics

Portland Mayor, Commissioner Push For Immediate Interviews In Officer Shootings

OPB | Aug. 9, 2017 6:30 a.m. | Portland

In a split with the Multnomah County district attorney, two Portland city council members say the city can compel police officers involved in shootings to talk with investigators immediately afterward. 

News | local | Nation | History

Portland Mayor Taps Danielle Outlaw To Be Police Chief

OPB | Aug. 7, 2017 4 p.m. | Portland

Mayor Ted Wheeler offered the position to Danielle Outlaw, 41, a deputy chief in the Oakland Police Department.

Environment | Water | News | 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.