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

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New Texts Offer Window Into Portland Officer's Relationship With Protest Groups

While Portland Police Lt. Jeff Niiya’s union has aggressively defended him, the new records provide, for the first time, Niiya’s own account of the relationships he was building with protesters.

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Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Objects To Portland's JTTF Withdrawal

A republican congresswoman from Southwest Washington is weighing in on Portland’s decision to pull two police officers from a federal terrorism fighting task force.

Environment | News | Energy | Politics | local

Portland Will Work To Block More Oil Trains, Though How Isn't Clear Yet

Portland will work to block expansion of an oil train terminal, though how isn't entirely clear yet. 

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Wheeler Stands By Call For Independent Investigation Into Police Texts

Mayor Ted Wheeler hasn't decided who will conduct the investigation into text messages between a police lieutenant and Joey Gibson, but he's standing by his call for one.

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Portland Withdraws From Federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, Again

The Portland City Council voted 3-2 to withdraw city police officers from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, citing concerns about surveillance of Muslims, immigrants and political activists.

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Portland Commissioners Grill FBI, DOJ Over Terrorism Task Force

Portland’s city council grilled the state’s top federal law enforcement officials, a day before a likely vote on whether the city will withdraw from the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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Portland Considers Protection Against Discrimination For Atheists, Agnostics

One of Oregon’s largest groups is in line to get protection from religious discrimination for the first time: people who are atheist, agnostic or believe in “nothing in particular.”

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Is Portland Ready To Let Go Of Its Commission System Of Government?

A new report from the City Club could be the first salvo in a new campaign to convince Portland voters to abandon the commission system of government.

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Portland Approves Payout For Officer Who Made Racist Remark

The Portland City Council voted 4-1 to approve a controversial settlement with a police officer who made a racist remark about killing black people.

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Portland, Harbor Of Hope Celebrate New Homeless Shelter, But Questions Remain

Backers of a homeless shelter funded by the CEO of Columbia Sportswear say they are days away from breaking ground on the project. Whether that’s true is unclear.

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Group Highlights Portland Police Missteps In Shooting Death Of Quanice Hayes

Portland Police officers could have taken cover before trying to arrest Quanice Hayes, an African-American teen shot and killed by Portland Police in 2017, according to independent experts.

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Portland Delays Settlement For Fired Officer As Hardesty Objects — And Quotes Him

The Portland City Council postponed a vote Wednesday on a controversial settlement deal for a police sergeant fired after colleagues reported him making a racist remark during a morning roll call.

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Portland Leaders Set February Vote On Joint Terrorism Task Force

The Portland City Council will vote Feb. 13 on a resolution to withdraw from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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Portland Comedian Says Border Agents Harassed Him. Border Patrol Responds.

A Portland comedian said he was harassed by Border Patrol agents while on a Greyhound bus headed to Portland from Spokane, Washington. Border Patrol officials say he wasn't carrying the right documents.

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Portland Council Considers Paying Police Sergeant Fired For Offensive Remark

The Portland Police Bureau has agreed to give a police sergeant fired after he allegedly made offensive remarks the equivalent of more than $100,000 in exchange for his retirement.

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Portland 911 Bureau Explains Why It Sent An Officer To Hotel Racial Profiling Incident

A 911 call released Wednesday corroborates key parts of a man’s account of being racially profiled and kicked out while he was a guest at the Portland DoubleTree Hotel in December.

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Artist Strives To Save Portland's Historic Mayo House

An African-American artist has stepped up to save a historic home in Northeast Portland because of his family's own struggles with gentrification. 

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White Male Privilege Disrupting Portland City Council Meetings, Commissioner Says

Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty says a small group of disruptive white men are frightening people away from city council.

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Disabled, Possibly Homeless Man Federally Charged For Threatening Portland Mayor Online

The DOJ has charged a Montana man with attempting to extort Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in a threatening Instagram post. The man uses a wheelchair, and may be homeless.

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Portland Mayor's Chief Of Staff Resigns After 7 Months

Michael Cox, the chief of staff to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and manager of his 2016 campaign, has resigned. 

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