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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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'OPB Politics Now:' Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Very Bad Week

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had perhaps the worst week of his tenure. Is the problem this particular mayor or Portland’s unique form of government?

News | local | Politics

Portland Mayor's Controversial Protest Ordinance Fails In City Council

Portland City Council has voted against a proposal from Mayor Ted Wheeler that would have given him the power to designate a time and place for protests between groups with a history of violence.

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Portland Commissioners Push Back Mayor's Protest Restriction Plan

A hearing for an ordinance Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler introduced turned into a referendum on how the city has dealt with right-wing extremist groups.

News | History | local | Nation

Portland Mayor Wants More Power To Regulate Protests — And Needs Just 1 More Vote To Get It

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is introducing a controversial ordinance that would give him the power to dictate the location and length of protests. He might have the votes to pass it. 

News | Business | local | Election | Politics

Portland Voters Pass Campaign Finance Limits

Portland voters have passed a campaign finance measure that limits large contributions in political campaigns and requires candidates in city elections to disclose their funders in advertisements.

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Portland Voters Elect Hardesty As 1st Woman Of Color To City Council

Portland voters elected civil rights activist Jo Ann Hardesty to fill the seat of retiring Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman. She is the first woman of color to serve on Portland City Council.

News | local | Election | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': It's Election Night, And We Have Winners

OPB's politics team breaks down the wins and losses in the 2018 midterm election in this special episode of "OPB Politics Now."

News | local | Election | Politics

Chloe Eudaly Has Portland Workers Getting Out The Vote — Is That Legal?

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has invited city workers to go door to door Friday to encourage people to vote in parts of East Portland. Here's what you need to know about her plan. 

News | local | Election | Politics

Loretta Smith: A Record Of Accomplishment — And Conflict

Loretta Smith's considerable successes advocating for communities of color in Oregon have been overshadowed by questions about her spending and conflicts with her colleagues and staff. 

News | local | Nation

Portland Police Give New Details About Armed Parking Garage Protesters

The Portland Police Bureau on Tuesday sought to clarify an Aug. 4 incident that involved officers discovering a group with a "cache" of firearms on top of a parking garage downtown during a protest.

News | local | Nation

Portland Mayor Proposes Fast Track Regulations For Public Protests

In a press conference Monday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he plans to introduce a policy — as early as this week— to respond to “escalating” street violence.

News | local | Election | Politics

US Rep. Earl Blumenauer Endorses Jo Ann Hardesty In Portland City Council Race

Portland City Council candidate Jo Ann Hardesty has snagged an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer.

News | local | Election | Politics

Portland City Council Candidates Disagree On Policing, Public Safety

In a debate at the Portland City Club, City Council candidates Loretta Smith and Jo Ann Hardesty differed sharply on public safety. They also misstated some facts.

News | Education | local

PSU Protesters Call For Disarming Campus Police At Security Building Rally

Students protesting the shooting of Jason Washington say they will occupy the steps of the PSU campus security building to pressure the school to disarm campus police.

News | Election | Politics

'OPB Politics Now: A Council Race, A Clean Energy Tax And A Housing Measure

OPB's senior political reporter Jeff Mapes is joined by OPB news director Anna Griffin and reporters Ericka Cruz Guevarra and Amelia Templeton.

News | local | Election | Politics

Jo Ann Hardesty Resurrected Local NAACP, With Scant Attention To Fiscal Oversight

Records and interviews raise questions about financial oversight and record keeping at the Portland NAACP chapter during candidate Jo Ann Hardesty's time as president.

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Police Report Shows Jason Washington Died Holding His Friend's Gun

Jason Washington was shot by police in June carrying a gun that wasn’t his, according to records released by the Portland Police Bureau on Friday.


2 Portland State University Officers Cleared In Jason Washington Shooting

A grand jury has decided not to criminally charge two Portland State University campus police officers implicated in the first officer-involved shooting at the university.

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Portland Approves Protection For Mobile Home Parks

The Portland City Council unanimously passed a zoning change Wednesday that will make it harder for mobile home park owners to close the parks and redevelop them as apartments or condos.


Will Rezoning Portland's Manufactured Home Parks Help Save Them?

A proposal to make it harder to redevelop manufactured home parks is headed to the Portland City Council. The parks are the latest front in the struggle over the displacement of low-income communities.