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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

Communities | News | Air | Environment

Portland Bans Demolition Of Old Homes

OPB | June 25, 2016 3:34 p.m. | Portland

Portland is the first city in the country to ban the demolition of its oldest homes.

local | Technology | News

Is Google Fiber Coming To Portland?

OPB | June 25, 2016 3:05 p.m. | Portland

The Portland City Council will discuss updating a 10-year-contract it has with Google Fiber on Wednesday.

Environment | Energy | local | News | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Washington Governor Asks Union Pacific To Halt Oil Trains

OPB | June 24, 2016 5:09 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the Union Pacific Railroad to halt oil train shipments through Washington until the company does more walking inspections of its railroad track.

local | Politics | News

Portland Marijuana Tax Could Mean Collecting $3 Million In Cash

OPB | June 22, 2016 5:10 p.m. | Portland

The Portland City Council referred a 3 percent tax to the November ballot on Wednesday. One wrinkle? Payments would likely be in cash. 

local | News

Portland, Multnomah County Create Joint Office For Homeless Services

OPB | June 22, 2016 1:35 p.m.

Portland and Multnomah County will create a new joint office to serve homeless people, ending a yearslong division of duties.

local | News | Election 2016

Portland Marijuana Tax Could Fund Expunging Prior Cannabis Convictions

OPB | June 21, 2016 5:18 p.m.

The Portland City Council will debate a local tax on cannabis Wednesday. Commissioner Amanda Fritz says her proposal could appeal to both law enforcement and marijuana advocates.

local | News | Election 2016

Post Uber, Portland Leaders Look To Strengthen Lobbying Rules

OPB | June 21, 2016 4:15 p.m.

Portland city auditor Mary Hull Caballero and Commissioner Nick Fish are proposing an overhaul of the regulations for people who lobby city hall.

local | News

Portland Heads Toward Construction Tax To Fund More Housing

OPB | June 16, 2016 6:45 p.m.

The Portland City Council plans to vote next week on a 1 percent tax on new residential and commercial construction to fund affordable housing.

Communities | local | News

Portland Council Moves To Foreclose On 5 Abandoned Homes

OPB | June 15, 2016 5:05 p.m.

The Portland City Council voted to start foreclosing on five abandoned homes Wednesday. It’s the first time the city has foreclosed on homes for code violations in 50 years.

NW Life | local | News

How Portland's Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park Organized To Save Itself

OPB | June 14, 2016 7:45 p.m.

Sixty of Portland's most vulnerable residents faced eviction. So they've come up with a plan to buy their mobile home park themselves.

local | News | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Failure Of Rail Fasteners Caused Train To Derail In Mosier, Union Pacific Says

OPB | June 11, 2016 noon

The Union Pacific Railroad says it has completed its investigation into an oil train derailment in the Columbia Gorge. The company says multiple metal fasteners failed in consecutive rail ties.

local | News

Thousands Flood Waitlist On First Day For Portland Area Affordable Housing

OPB | June 8, 2016 5:45 p.m.

Home Forward, Multnomah County’s housing agency, has opened up the waitlist for a dozen subsidized housing properties in the Portland area. And people are rushing to get in line.

Nation | Environment | Energy | Water | News | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Mosier Fire Chief Calls Shipping Bakken Crude Oil By Rail 'Insane'

OPB | June 4, 2016 4:39 p.m.

Jim Appleton, the fire chief in Mosier, Ore., said his town narrowly avoided a major catastrophe with the derailment of an oil train Friday.

Environment | Education | Water | News | Lead In The Water

Why The EPA Worries About Lead In Water At Portland Schools And Day Cares

OPB | June 3, 2016 5:33 p.m.

Federal, state and city agencies have known for years that schools and homes in the Portland area are at risk for lead above federal drinking water standards.

Health | local | Education | News | Lead In The Water

EPA Wanted Portland's Water Tested For Lead In Schools, Day Cares In April

OPB | June 3, 2016 10:46 a.m.

The EPA warned Oregon health officials back in April that some schools and day care centers in the Portland area should be tested because of the risk of high lead levels in drinking water.

Health | Teachers | Education | News | Lead In The Water

Parents Call For Portland School Superintendent To Resign Over Lead

OPB | June 2, 2016 2:31 a.m.

For the second time in two days, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith met with parents to discuss lead found above EPA standards in the sinks and faucets at their children's school.

Nation | Politics | News

Portland Is Making Its Single-User Bathrooms Gender Neutral

OPB | May 28, 2016 11:51 a.m. | Portland

Portland is joining the movement for gender-neutral restrooms. A new city policy makes more than 600 one-person restrooms in parks and city buildings available to everyone, regardless of their gender.

local | Politics | News

Alcohol Use A Factor When Portland Police Chief Accidentally Shot Friend

OPB | May 26, 2016 11:16 a.m.

Alcohol use, careless handling of a gun, and faulty equipment were factors that led Portland Police chief Larry O’Dea to accidentally shoot a friend last month.  

NW Life | Environment | News

Precision Castparts Promises Independent Review Of New Air Pollution Controls

OPB | May 25, 2016 10:27 p.m.

The Portland company Precision Castparts met Wednesday night with a group of neighbors concerned about air pollution from the company.

local | Election | Politics | News | Election 2016

Why Portland's Mayor Is Talking Taxes, In Spite Of Record Revenue

OPB | May 25, 2016 1:35 p.m. | Portland

Portland is bringing in record revenues, but revenue is only half of the equation. The need for services is also growing, and the council is considering raising taxes on everything from marijuana sales to new construction.