Reporter and Producer

Amanda Peacher

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.

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Recent Articles

local | News

Northwest Lawmakers React To Health Care Bill Withdrawal

OPB | March 24, 2017 2:30 p.m.

Oregon and Washington lawmakers react to the canceled vote on the American Health Care Act.

Economy | Nation | local | News

Central Oregon Is Among Nation's Fastest Growing Regions

OPB | March 23, 2017 9:23 a.m.

Crook County and the Bend-Redmond metro area make national top ten lists for growth.

local | News

Warming Temps Bring Flooding Across Oregon And SW Washington

OPB | March 22, 2017 noon

Several Northwest rivers are at risk of flooding this week, including the Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington.

NW Life | Environment

Good News For Farmers — Most Oregon Reservoirs Are Full

OPB | March 17, 2017 5 a.m.

The wet and cold winter may have been a doozy for urban Oregonians, but for farmers all that snow was good news.

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

2 Occupiers Found Guilty Of Conspiracy For Roles In Oregon Standoff

OPB | March 9, 2017 11:35 a.m. | Portland

A jury has convicted occupiers Jason Patrick and Darryl Thorn on felony conspiracy charges for their roles in last year’s takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Nation | local | Land | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

What Did Harney County Residents Know Before The Malheur Occupation?

OPB | March 1, 2017 9:07 a.m.

A local rancher tells OPB that Ammon Bundy spoke broadly about the idea of seizing government buildings before the occupation began.  

local | News

Redmond Data Breach Affects 1,000 School District Employees

OPB | Feb. 28, 2017 3:03 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The breach occurred when an employee sent W-2 tax forms for all district workers to an email hacker impersonating the superintendent.

In Walden's Absence, Constituents In Bend Hold Rogue Town Halls

OPB | Feb. 23, 2017 12:30 p.m.

The congressman holds meetings in Deschutes County every year, but some Bend residents are upset that he hasn’t held one in their community since 2013.

local | News

Crater Lake Park Offers $5,000 Reward In Ammo Theft Case

OPB | Feb. 22, 2017 3:39 p.m.

Thousands of rounds or rifle and pistol ammo were stolen from a locked building in the park headquarters earlier this month.

local | Education | News

OSU-Cascades Presents Expansion Scenarios

OPB | Feb. 22, 2017 11:40 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

The university branch campus consists of three buildings on ten acres, but it wants to grow enough for 5,000 students. 

Nation | local | Land | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

2nd Malheur Trial Offers Hope For Some Harney County Residents

OPB | Feb. 20, 2017 2:02 p.m.

In Harney County, some residents hope this next trial offers a second shot at justice for their community. 

Election | local | Politics | News | Election 2016

Bend Voters Decide On New City Council

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 7 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Bend voters had to decide on a lot on their ballot this November, including four of the seven seats on the City Council.

local | Animals | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

Wolf Population Booming In Oregon 5 Years After OR-7 Began His Journey

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 8:15 a.m.

OR-7  traveled some 1,200 miles, including a stint in northern California, before settling in southern Oregon.

Election | local | Politics | News | Election 2016

Bend Debates Electing Its Mayor, Ward System For Councilors

OPB | Nov. 2, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Some Bend residents are pushing for changes to the structure of elected city leadership.

Nation | NW Life | Politics | News | Election 2016

In Harney County Sheriff's Race, Echoes Of The Malheur Refuge Occupation

OPB | Oct. 27, 2016 12:56 p.m. | Harney County, Oregon

What role will the Malheur refuge occupation play in the race for Harney County sheriff? 

Nation | News | Land use | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Refuge Occupier Ryan Payne Explains Why He Wants To Reverse Guilty Plea

OPB | Oct. 24, 2016 6:30 p.m.

In an interview from prison, Ryan Payne explains why he's trying to reverse his guilty plea.  

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Malheur Occupation Trial Goes To Jury

OPB | Oct. 19, 2016 12:03 p.m. | Portland

Ryan Bundy echoed the statements of his brother Ammon’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, in calling on the jury to be a check on what the Bundys see as federal overreach.

local | NW Life | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Update: Closing Arguments

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 7:31 p.m.

OPB's Amanda Peacher talks to journalist Leah Sottile about the last chance for the prosecution and defense to persuade the jury in the trial of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Ammon Bundy's Attorney Wraps Up His Closing Arguments

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 7:45 a.m. | Portland

Closing arguments began Tuesday for the seven defendants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land': The Heart Of The Issue — Public Lands

OPB | Oct. 14, 2016 8:30 p.m.

The occupiers argue the federal government can’t manage public lands as well as state, counties or private entities. But that’s a pretty big political fight and a move environmental and conservation groups oppose.

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