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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

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

To Prepare For 'The Really Big One,' Test Your Kit By Camping With It

OPB | Aug. 1, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Do you know what you absolutely need to survive the first few days after a big earthquake, or if a wildfire forced you to evacuate? Maybe it’s your medication, a water filter, or some decent instant coffee.

NW Life | News | Environment | Greetings From The Northwest: August River Adventures

Wait, Can I Swim In That River Dividing Portland?

OPB | Aug. 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Your friends say swimming in the Willamette around Portland is disgusting. Are they right?

Communities | News | Energy | Environment

Portland Mayor On Bridge Activists: 'Protests Are Helpful'

OPB | July 30, 2015 1 p.m. | Portland

OPB spoke with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who also serves as the city’s police commissioner, about who has jurisdiction over the protesters and whether they have his support.

local | News | Environment

Protesters Rappel From Portland Bridge To Delay Shell Icebreaker

OPB | July 28, 2015 5:55 p.m.

A Shell icebreaking vessel being protested by activist groups will not leave a Portland dock today, according to the Columbia River Bar Pilot dispatch.


Oregon Sheriff, FBI: No Toxic Substances Found In Letters

OPB | July 28, 2015 12:14 p.m.

Sheriffs in at least 20 Oregon counties have received strange letters in the mail this week, but according to the FBI,  tests have not found any toxic substance in any of the letters.

local | News | Environment

Kayactivists Paddle In Protest As Shell Prepares For Arctic Drill

OPB | July 25, 2015 9:53 p.m. | Portland

Portlanders took to the Willamette River Saturday to protest the arrival of a ship that is key to Shell's plan to explore for oil in the Arctic. The protesters believe delaying the ship's departure could slow Shell's drilling. 


Portland Celebrates Key Disability Rights Law With An Open Mic

OPB | July 24, 2015 4:34 p.m. | Portland

This weekend, Oregonians are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Energy | News | Environment

Kayactivists Prepare For Shell Icebreaker To Arrive In Portland

OPB | July 18, 2015 5:22 p.m.

Climate change activists say a key vessel that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s artic oil exploration fleet is on its way to Portland for repairs. They plan to respond with civil disobedience on land and by kayak.

3 Big Takeaways From Portland's Data On Uber And Taxis

OPB | July 17, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Portland

Uber and Lyft captured more than 40 percent of the market for rides in their first month in Portland, and three other things we learned this week.

News | local | Air | Environment

Drones Increasingly Force Firefighting Aircraft To Ground

OPB | July 17, 2015 10:22 a.m.

Federal forest managers say drones flown by hobbyists and photographers have interfered with firefighting efforts at least eight times this year, in California, Washington, Colorado, Utah, and Minnesota. 

News | local

Portland Plans To Buy Lot, Possibly For Homeless Camp

OPB | July 15, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Portland

The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to authorize the purchase of a small industrial lot that could house a homeless camp.

Water | local | News | Environment

Portland Slips Into Drought After Hottest June On Record

OPB | July 9, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Federal scientists report the water situation in parts of the Northwest had significantly deteriorated. Seattle is in a severe drought and Portland is in a moderate drought.


Sandy Fire Chief Says No To Fireworks

OPB | July 4, 2015 5:08 p.m.

More than 100 cities and counties in Washington have banned fireworks this year, citing the drought and extreme fire danger. In Oregon, the little town of Sandy is one of just a few to impose a ban.

News | local

Sparklers Are The Top Cause Of Fireworks-Related Injuries In Oregon

OPB | July 2, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Sparklers cause more injuries than any other type of firework, according to reports made by emergency rooms in Oregon.

News | Communities | Air

Oregon Drops $20,000 Fine Against Pilot In Herbicide Drift Case

OPB | July 1, 2015 6 p.m. | Portland

In a settlement it reached Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Agriculture agreed to drop $20,000 in fines against a pilot who misled the state during an investigation into herbicide drift.

NW Life | Health | Communities | News

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.

Nation | News | local

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.

News | local

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. 

NW Life | News | Arts

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.

Politics | News | local

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.