Former OPB Reporter and Producer
Amanda Peacher was OPB's multimedia reporter and producer covering Central Oregon based in Bend.
Amanda hails from Idaho, where she worked as a freelance journalist, wilderness ranger and as an outreach specialist for a statewide nonprofit. She started at OPB in 2011 as the Public Insight Network journalist.
She’s a fellow with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and has reported in Mexico as a Savage International Peace Fellow. In 2013, she reported for NPR Berlin on a two-month Arthur F. Burns fellowship. In 2014 she received the national Equal Voice Journalism Award funded by the Marguerite Casey Foundation to report on hunger and SNAP in Oregon.
Amanda has masters degrees in literary nonfiction journalism and environmental studies from the University of Oregon.
Amanda enjoys cycling, playing cello and baking sweets.
Oregon as a whole may be one of the fastest growing states in the nation, but the opposite is true for many rural communities.
The Bend Police Department's approach to the wellness of its officers makes it a stand out among the 18,000 law enforcement departments nationwide.
The Sunriver Service District is continuing its internal investigation into the conduct of Police Chief Marc Mills.
Since Donald Trump’s presidential victory, Oregon’s lone Republican congressman, Greg Walden, has enjoyed a higher profile and more power. But with more influence comes extra scrutiny.
Flu season is hitting the Northwest hard this year, and Central Oregon seems to be among the hardest hit regions.
With Monday's mistrial ruling, Cliven Bundy supporters and opponents are looking ahead to next steps for the so-called patriot movement.
A federal judge in Nevada Monday dismissed the criminal indictment against the Bundy family and one of their key supporters, dealing federal prosecutors and federal land management agencies an embarrassing rebuke.
The charge comes after the Deschutes County district attorney reviewed an investigation led by the Oregon's Department of Justice.
Supporters and opponents of the proposal both say it could set a precedent for land use in rural counties.
The DOJ has forwarded the findings of its investigation to Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel.
Deschutes Public Library is looking at how to expand in the coming years to meet the needs of Central Oregon’s rapidly expanding communities.
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With Central Oregon’s booming population growth, water is an increasingly important resource. And on the Upper Deschutes River, scarce water has become a big problem for wildlife and river habitat.
It’s a long-term build out for a campus that Oregon State University leaders say will eventually house 5,000 students.
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Crook County’s plan is part of a recent movement in rural counties to resurrect an obscure federal policy and have more weight in federal lands management.
Economic growth in Deschutes County is not only outpacing most other Oregon cities, it’s seeing some of the biggest gains in the nation.