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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz Will Not Seek Reelection

Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced Friday that she will not seek reelection, and will retire at the end of her current term on the City Council.  

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Portland’s Proposed Rental Screening Rules: 3 Perspectives

Portland City Council heard public testimony on a proposal to increase the regulation of the screening process and other aspects of renting. We highlight three different perspectives on the ordinance.

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After Contentious Hearing, Portland Mayor Urges Colleagues To Respect Critics

A contentious council hearing raises the question: Are the critics of a proposed policy to regulate rental screening criteria being shut down at Portland City Hall?

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Portland Considers Helping Tenants With Criminal Histories

This week the Portland City Council debates changing how landlords can screen their tenants. One major component: Make it harder for landlords to reject applications based on past criminal convictions.

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Repairs Complete On Water Main That Failed, Flooding NE Portland

The Portland Water Bureau has finished replacing a section of 30-inch water main that failed on Saturday, inundating Northeast Portland near the Alberta Arts District for hours.  

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Well-Known Patriot Prayer, Proud Boys Members Indicted On Assault Charges

Two members of far-right groups known for brawling in the streets of downtown Portland have been indicted on assault charges, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

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Portland Delays Sign Requirement For Buildings Vulnerable To Big Quakes

The Portland City Council has agreed to delay a until November 2020 a sign requirement for buildings that haven't been retrofitted to withstand an earthquake.

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Portland Adopts Civil Rights Protections For Atheists, Agnostics

Portland is the second city in the United States to adopt legal protections for atheists and agnostics.

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New Texts Offer Window Into Portland Officer's Relationship With Protest Groups

While Portland Police Lt. Jeff Niiya’s union has aggressively defended him, the new records provide, for the first time, Niiya’s own account of the relationships he was building with protesters.

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Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Objects To Portland's JTTF Withdrawal

A republican congresswoman from Southwest Washington is weighing in on Portland’s decision to pull two police officers from a federal terrorism fighting task force.

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Portland Will Work To Block More Oil Trains, Though How Isn't Clear Yet

Portland will work to block expansion of an oil train terminal, though how isn't entirely clear yet. 

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Wheeler Stands By Call For Independent Investigation Into Police Texts

Mayor Ted Wheeler hasn't decided who will conduct the investigation into text messages between a police lieutenant and Joey Gibson, but he's standing by his call for one.

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Portland Withdraws From Federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, Again

The Portland City Council voted 3-2 to withdraw city police officers from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, citing concerns about surveillance of Muslims, immigrants and political activists.

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Portland Commissioners Grill FBI, DOJ Over Terrorism Task Force

Portland’s city council grilled the state’s top federal law enforcement officials, a day before a likely vote on whether the city will withdraw from the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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Portland Considers Protection Against Discrimination For Atheists, Agnostics

One of Oregon’s largest groups is in line to get protection from religious discrimination for the first time: people who are atheist, agnostic or believe in “nothing in particular.”

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Is Portland Ready To Let Go Of Its Commission System Of Government?

A new report from the City Club could be the first salvo in a new campaign to convince Portland voters to abandon the commission system of government.