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Former OPB Reporter and Producer

Amanda Peacher

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.

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Recent Articles

local | News | Economy

People Are Leaving John Day. Housing Shortage May Be Part Of The Problem

Oregon as a whole may be one of the fastest growing states in the nation, but the opposite is true for many rural communities.

local | Health | News

Bend Police Incorporate Yoga, Mindfulness Into Officer Wellness Program

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.

local | News

Sunriver Board Continues To Investigate Town's Police Chief

The Sunriver Service District is continuing its internal investigation into the conduct of Police Chief Marc Mills.

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon's Lone GOP Congressman Sees Power Shift Under Trump

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.

local | Health | News

Central Oregon, Columbia River Gorge See High Flu Rates

Flu season is hitting  the Northwest hard this year, and Central Oregon seems to be among the hardest hit regions. 

local | News

With Bundys Free, What's Next In Oregon And Beyond?

With Monday's mistrial ruling, Cliven Bundy supporters and opponents are looking ahead to next steps for the so-called patriot movement. 

NW Life | Nation | Land use | Land | News

The Bundys Go Free In Nevada — And Their Dismissal Reverberates Across Oregon

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.

local | News

Sunriver Police Chief Faces Criminal Harassment Charge

The charge comes after the Deschutes County district attorney reviewed an investigation led by the Oregon's Department of Justice. 

local | Land use | Politics | News

Rural Counties Watch Closely As Douglas County Considers Rezoning Farm Land

Supporters and opponents of the proposal both say it could set a precedent for land use in rural counties. 

local | News

Oregon DOJ Completes Investigation Into Sunriver Police Chief

The DOJ has forwarded the findings of its investigation to Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel.

local | Books | News

Community Growth Prompts Deschutes Library To Consider Expansion

Deschutes Public Library is looking at how to expand in the coming years to meet the needs of Central Oregon’s rapidly expanding communities.

local | NW Life | Politics | Election | News

Bend Leaders Approve Elected Mayor But Reject Ward System

All seven of the city councilors are in favor of a citizen-elected mayor, but they disagreed on some of the details about how to put the issue to voters.

Economy | Communities | Land | local | Agriculture | News | NW Life | Business

Neighbors Skeptical Of Smith Rock B&B Proposal

The Mazamas want to develop a three-room bed and breakfast and a 10-site campground across the road from Smith Rock's red rock faces. 

Fish & Wildlife | Science | Land | World | Water | News | Environment

Frogs, Fish And Farmers Feel Out Compromise On Deschutes River

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.

local | Technology | News | Business | Economy

Facebook Plans To Build 2 New Data Centers In Prineville

The new buildings will bring the total number of Facebook buildings in Prineville up to five. That’s in addition to three Apple data halls. 

local | Politics | News

Bend Committee Favors Elected Mayor, Ward System

A citizen committee in Bend is proposing big changes to how city leaders are elected and paid.

local | Business | News

Madras Wants To Woo A Beer Pub To Its Downtown

Madras is the only major central Oregon city without a local brewpub.

local | Education | News

OSU-Cascades Unveils Master Plan For Campus Expansion

It’s a long-term build out for a campus that Oregon State University leaders say will eventually house 5,000 students. 

local | Land use | Environment | News

Crook County Wants Local Voices To Have More Weight In Public Lands

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.

local | News | Economy

Central Oregon Is 1 Of Fastest Growing Economies In US

Economic growth in Deschutes County is not only outpacing most other Oregon cities, it’s seeing some of the biggest gains in the nation.