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

News | World | Environment | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Science | Water

Frogs, Fish And Farmers Feel Out Compromise On Deschutes River

With Central Oregon’s booming population growth, water is an increasingly important resource. And on the Upper Deschutes River, scarce water has become a big problem for wildlife and river habitat.

Economy | Business | News | Technology | local

Facebook Plans To Build 2 New Data Centers In Prineville

The new buildings will bring the total number of Facebook buildings in Prineville up to five. That’s in addition to three Apple data halls. 

Politics | News | local

Bend Committee Favors Elected Mayor, Ward System

A citizen committee in Bend is proposing big changes to how city leaders are elected and paid.

Business | News | local

Madras Wants To Woo A Beer Pub To Its Downtown

Madras is the only major central Oregon city without a local brewpub.

News | Education | local

OSU-Cascades Unveils Master Plan For Campus Expansion

It’s a long-term build out for a campus that Oregon State University leaders say will eventually house 5,000 students. 

News | local | Land use | Environment

Crook County Wants Local Voices To Have More Weight In Public Lands

Crook County’s plan is part of a recent movement in rural counties to resurrect an obscure federal policy and have more weight in federal lands management.

Economy | News | local

Central Oregon Is 1 Of Fastest Growing Economies In US

Economic growth in Deschutes County is not only outpacing most other Oregon cities, it’s seeing some of the biggest gains in the nation.

News | Education | local

Deschutes County Approves Landfill Sale To OSU-Cascades For $1

Commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to sell an old landfill to Oregon State University-Cascades for $1.

Recreation | News | local

Helping Smith Rock, Oregon's Loved To Death Park

Central Oregon residents have a chance this week to weigh in on the future of Smith Rock State Park. 

News | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

After More Than 45 Days, Teenage Suspect Charged As Juvenile In Eagle Creek Fire

A 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, is facing misdemeanor charges for starting the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.

News | local | Business | Agriculture | Health | Food

Growing Local In Central Oregon Isn't Easy, But Farmers Are Seeing Success

A growing number of small farmers are making a mark on central Oregon’s local food scene — despite the region’s challenging agricultural conditions.

Business | News | local

Bend Leaders Seek Support For Central District Redevelopment

The city of Bend has plans to revitalize an industrial area in the center of town.

News | local

Oregon Justice Department Clears Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer

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. 

Politics | News | local

Committee Leans Toward Change To How Bend Elects Its Leaders

Bend residents may soon have the option to change how their city is governed.

News | Education | local

Growth Of OSU-Cascades In Bend Hinges On State Funding

Campus growth goals might take longer than expected after OSU-Cascades received a trimmed down funding package from lawmakers this year.

Health | News | local

Oregon: St. Charles Hospital In Bend Violated Staffing Rules

The Oregon Health Authority released a report Thursday detailing how St. Charles Hospital in Bend violated its own staffing rules. 

Communities | Economy | Nation | Business | News

Ontario Becomes Oregon's Only City To Approve A Sales Tax

Ontario is the only Oregon city that will have a retail sales tax, after the City Council approved a 1 percent general sales tax Tuesday.

local | News | Environment

Rain Brings Relief For Oregon Wildfires, But Also New Risks

With cooler temperatures and rain hitting the Northwest, some firefighters are now headed home. 

Nation | Communities | News

Cascade Locks Businesses Ask For Help Recovering From Shutdown

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. 

News | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Utah Man Charged With Arson For 4 Oregon Wildfires

Oregon State Police suspect the Salt Lake City man could be responsible for other fires in the region. 


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