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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

Environment | Business | News | Sustainability | Water | local

City Sued Over Portland Harbor Superfund Site Cleanup Planning Efforts

The city of Portland is being sued over its plan to use up to $12 million from a surcharge on customers’ sewer bills to help pay to plan the Portland Harbor Superfund clean up.

News | local

'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Protests

This week, "OPB Politics Now" looks at what police can and can’t do about brawling protesters in Portland — and why ending the fighting is so politically difficult.

News | Politics | Election | local

Latino Network Leader Announces Run For Portland City Council

Carmen Rubio, the Executive director of the Latino network, said today she will running for the seat on the council that’s held by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who won’t seek another term.

News | Politics | Election | local

The Race For Portland Mayor In 2020 Is Beginning To Take Shape

There’s a new candidate in the race for Portland Mayor. Sarah Iannarone says she will run against Ted Wheeler again, and is opting in to Portland’s new public campaign finance system. 

News | Politics | local

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler 'Not Ready' To Support Police Chief's Proposal For Mask Ban

Extremist groups have co-opted Portland’s culture of street activism to commit violence, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Monday. He declined to support specific proposals to stop the brawling.

News | Politics | Health | Nation | local

Portland City Council Prepares To Publicly Oppose Abortion Bans In Other States

The Portland City Council will vote on a measure which will voice its opposition to and direct Portland’s city attorney to file amicus briefs opposing anti-abortion laws recently passed in other states.

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Man Who Threatened Portland Mayor Online Pleads Guilty To Felony

In a case investigated by the FBI, a Montana man has pleaded guilty to one felony for extorting Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. A defense attorney says the man lives with bipolar disorder and disabilities.

News | Politics | local | Nation

Portland Mayor's Office Defends Response To Protest, Concrete Milkshake Claim

Staff for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler are defending the police response to a protest in Portland that turned violent over the weekend.

News | Politics | local

Portland Requires Landlords To Use First-Come-First-Served System To Choose Tenants

The Portland City council has adopted a sweeping package of regulations to how landlords screen their prospective tenants.

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Facing Officer Shortage, Portland Proposes New Standards For Beards, Tattoos - And Education

The Portland Police Bureau is lowering its education standards for officers and may change its grooming policy - to deal with a shortage of officers.

News | Politics | local | Business

Both Sides Find Signs Of Victory In Gresham Bakery Supreme Court Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday threw out an Oregon court ruling that fined the Christian owners of a Gresham bakery $135,000 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

News | Politics | local

Portland Mayor Could Support 'Flawed' Rental Screening Ordinance

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is criticizing a rental screening ordinance from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly while signaling he will vote for it.

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Portland Looks To Cap Income-To-Rent Ratios, And Landlords Push Back

Landlords warning of dire consequences if Portland adopts new regulations on how they screen tenants and collect fees got pushback at a Portland City Council hearing Wednesday night.

News | Politics | local | Economy

'OPB Politics Now:' Portland Budget Discussion Sets Stage For Unpleasant 2020 Campaign Season

Portland’s city council just passed its yearly budget, and things got ugly.

News | Politics | local

Portland City Council Approves Budget With Painful Cuts To Parks

In a 4-1 vote, the Portland City Council approved the mayor’s proposed 2019-20 budget Thursday, with deep cuts to parks staff and services.

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Mayor Wheeler Apologizes After Lashing Out At City Commissioners In Budget Hearing

A budget hearing became heated when Mayor Ted Wheeler lashed out at two of his colleagues during debate over the police bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team.

News | Politics | local | Business

Portland Drafts Ordinance To Crackdown On Airbnb

Portland’s mayor is planning to introduce an ordinance that would force short term rental companies like Airbnb to take down unpermitted rentals or share their host data with the city.

News | Politics | local

Portland Leaders Debate Lopsided Distribution Of Cannabis Tax Dollars

There’s a bright spot in Portland’s annual budget: higher-than-anticipated revenue from cannabis taxes. But three years after voters approved the 3% tax, City Council is still figuring out how to spend it.

News | Politics | local

Portland Budget Debate Looms As Hardesty Challenges Mayor's Spending Plan

Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is challenging parts of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s proposed budget for the next year.

News | Politics | local

Parks Cuts And A Water Taxi: What You Should Know About Portland's Proposed Budget

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler released his proposed 2019-20 budget Wednesday. Here are the top line items getting funded and what’s getting cut next year.