Reporter and Producer
Amanda Peacher is a 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.
A 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, is facing misdemeanor charges for starting the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.
A growing number of small farmers are making a mark on central Oregon’s local food scene — despite the region’s challenging agricultural conditions.
The city of Bend has plans to revitalize an industrial area in the center of town.
Oregon's Department of Justice has concluded that Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer did not act commit criminal acts by destroying public records and issuing handgun licenses to out-of-state residents.
Bend residents may soon have the option to change how their city is governed.
Campus growth goals might take longer than expected after OSU-Cascades received a trimmed down funding package from lawmakers this year.
The Oregon Health Authority released a report Thursday detailing how St. Charles Hospital in Bend violated its own staffing rules.
News | Environment | localOPB | Sept. 18, 2017 11:03 a.m.
With cooler temperatures and rain hitting the Northwest, some firefighters are now headed home.
News | Communities | NationOPB | Sept. 15, 2017 2:52 p.m.
The idea of the gift card campaign is to help generate revenue for small businesses that had to close their doors due to the Eagle Creek Fire.
Oregon State Police suspect the Salt Lake City man could be responsible for other fires in the region.
Along with a larger high school, the district is creating two smaller schools that will focus on expeditionary learning and career building.
Oregon State Police have identified a 15-year-old male from Vancouver, Washington, as a primary suspect responsible for the still-blazing Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.
Some say the new tax will hurt mom-and-pop cycling shops. Others say it’s a signal that bike commuters are now even bigger players in the transportation mix.
An average brewery uses seven gallons of water for every one gallon of beer brewed. All of the waste water from Bend's booming beer industry is straining the city's wastewater treatment system.
Bend is considering ways to increase its affordable and middle income housing.
News | Communities | Nation | localOPB | July 11, 2017 5:30 p.m.
Investigators found that there was not enough evidence to criminally prosecute an officer who fired five shots, killing a suspect.
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