Reporter and Producer
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.
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.
The Portland City Council referred a 3 percent tax to the November ballot on Wednesday. One wrinkle? Payments would likely be in cash.
Portland and Multnomah County will create a new joint office to serve homeless people, ending a yearslong division of duties.
local | News | Election 2016OPB | 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 2016OPB | 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.
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 | NewsOPB | 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.
Sixty of Portland's most vulnerable residents faced eviction. So they've come up with a plan to buy their mobile home park themselves.
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.
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 NorthwestOPB | 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 WaterOPB | 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 WaterOPB | 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 WaterOPB | 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.
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.
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 | NewsOPB | 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 2016OPB | 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.