Reporter and Producer

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

local | News | Business

Portland Area Makes Its Pitch To Land Amazon's Second Headquarters

OPB | Oct. 19, 2017 6:25 p.m.

Four Portland-area communities have submitted an application for Amazon's massive second headquarters. 

local | News

Portland Wants To Build 2,000 New Units Of Supportive Housing

OPB | Oct. 18, 2017 2:40 p.m.

The Portland City Council unanimously approved a goal to develop at least 2,000 units of permanent supportive housing by 2028. 

local | News

Portland Code Officers Will Allow RVs, Tiny Homes On Private Property

OPB | Oct. 16, 2017 6:30 p.m.

Portland is taking a new approach to RVs and tiny homes placed on private property. The city’s building code bureau will limit its efforts to enforce the rules against them.

local | News | Recreation | Sports

IndyCar Returning To Portland International Raceway In 2018

OPB | Oct. 12, 2017 11:49 a.m. | Portland

Portland will be the only city in the Pacific Northwest with a race in the IndyCar series.

local | News | Politics

Hundreds Turn Out For Montavilla Neighborhood Elections

OPB | Oct. 10, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Portland

An election for a volunteer board in one Portland neighborhood became a crucible for debate over homelessness and the role of neighborhood associations.

local | News

Portland's New Police Chief Is Tough, Ambitious — And Inked

OPB | Oct. 4, 2017 1:59 p.m. | Portland

In many ways, Danielle Outlaw is just what Portlanders expect in a police chief.

local | News

Northwest Country Fan Recounts Escape From Nevada Shooting

OPB | Oct. 2, 2017 3:45 p.m.

Pacific Northwest residents and people with local ties are reassuring friends and family that they survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Communities | local | News | Politics

Who's Running For Portland's First Open City Council Seat In A Decade?

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 3:48 p.m.

For the first time in a decade, there’s an open seat on Portland’s City Council. The race could get crowded. OPB talked to likely candidates.

'OPB Politics Now': Portland City Council Race Gets Interesting

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 10:15 a.m.

Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzaman made a surprise announcement — he won't run for reelection next year.

local | News

Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman Won't Seek Re-Election

OPB | Sept. 12, 2017 2:26 p.m. | Portland

Longtime Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced Tuesday that he won’t seek re-election next year.

Environment | local | Water | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Why The Eagle Creek Fire Is A Major Threat To Portland's Drinking Water

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 5:07 p.m. | Portland

Of all the resources threatened by the Eagle Creek Fire, the Bull Run watershed may be the most critical. It's the drinking water source for about 1-in-4 Oregonians, and it's uniquely vulnerable to a fire.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

'Herman The Sturgeon' Survives Stabbing, Kidnapping, And Now Wildfire

OPB | Sept. 6, 2017 5:44 p.m.

A beloved 79-year old sturgeon has survived a wildfire that forced the evacuation of the Bonneville Fish Hatchery.

local | Nation | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Surging Wildfire Reaches Watershed For Portland Area's Drinking Water

OPB | Sept. 5, 2017 4:35 p.m.

Officials say the Eagle Creek Fire entered the Bull Run watershed Tuesday. Bull Run provides drinking water for around 1 million Oregonians.

local | NW Life | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

As People Flee Oregon's Eagle Creek Fire, Rescuers Return For Frightened Animals

OPB | Sept. 5, 2017 3:30 p.m.

The Eagle Creek Fire raced through the Columbia River Gorge on Monday night, forcing more than 500 homes and farms to evacuate. But as people fled, their livestock and pets were often left behind.

Environment | local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Eagle Creek Fire Jumps Columbia River Gorge Overnight

OPB | Sept. 4, 2017 6:09 p.m. | Portland

Fire officials confirmed Tuesday morning that the growing Eagle Creek Fire jumped the Columbia River Gorge. Interstate 84 from Troutdale to Hood River remains closed.

Environment | local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Firefighters Move To Contain Oregon's Eagle Creek Fire

OPB | Sept. 3, 2017 1:53 p.m. | Cascade Locks, Oregon

A human-caused wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge has forced many people in Cascade Locks to evacuate and could threaten additional towns.

Environment | local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Hikers Caught Between Columbia Gorge Wildfires Rescued

OPB | Sept. 2, 2017 5:26 p.m.

The Columbia River Gorge town of Cascade Locks is under evacuation notices due to the nearby Eagle Creek Fire, which is just 1/2 mile away. On Sunday, crews rescued hikers stranded in the Gorge overnight.

local | Environment | Climate change | News | Communities | Nation

Rescue Teams From The Northwest Deploy To Texas

OPB | Aug. 28, 2017 4:18 p.m.

The Oregon Air National Guard has sent a search and rescue team to help as flood waters rise in Texas. The U.S. Coast Guard is also deploying its teams, including 20 people from Oregon and Washington.

local | News

Portland Council, At Odds With DA, Solidifies Police Shooting Overhaul

OPB | Aug. 24, 2017 7:21 p.m. | Portland

Portland’s City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that requires police officers to give statements within 48 hours of a shooting. The Multnomah County district attorney warned them against it.

Nation | News

Portland Woman Attacked Day Before Fatal MAX Stabbings Says Police, TriMet Failed Her

OPB | Aug. 18, 2017 10:07 a.m. | Portland

A woman who reported being physically assaulted by a white supremacist a day before he stabbed three people on a MAX train is questioning why police didn't arrest him after her attack.


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