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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Portland Utility Bureaus Will Help Renters At Risk Of Eviction

For the first time, Portland's utility bureaus will help out families in apartments at risk of eviction by providing what amounts to a rebate on their utility bills. 

Environment | News | local

Eagle Creek Fire Perpetrator Ordered To Pay $36.6 Million

The judge in the Eagle Creek Fire case has ordered the 15-year-old boy who admitted starting the blaze to pay $36.6 million in restitution.

local | Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': The Changing Demographic Of Oregon Politics

Pundits are calling this the year of the woman in politics. But in Oregon, this demographic shift has been years in the making.

Environment | News | local

Restitution Could Top $36 Million For Teen Who Ignited Eagle Creek Fire

The 15-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to igniting the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge last September could be required to pay more than $36 million in restitution to 11 parties as a result of fire damage.

Election | local | Politics | News

Smith, Hardesty Advance To November Runoff For Portland Council Seat

Loretta Smith and Jo Ann Hardesty are headed for a November runoff for the open seat on Portland’s City Council. 

local | Politics | News

Meet The Portland Man Who's Part Of A National Movement Of Deaf Candidates

Philip Wolfe is challenging sitting Portland commissioner Nick Fish. He's using his campaign to raise the profile of Portland's deaf community.

Election | local | Politics | News

Portland Council Candidate Loretta Smith: On The Record

Portland city commissioner candidate Loretta Smith discuss housing, equity and allegations that she bullied women on her staff.

Election | local | Politics | News

Portland Council Candidate Jo Ann Hardesty: On The Record

Portland City Council candidate Jo Ann Hardesty talks about proposing a ban on luxury housing, who she voted for in 2017 and how she would like Portland's growth to benefit communities of color.

Election | local | Politics | News

Portland Council Candidate Andrea Valderrama: On The Record

Portland City Council candidate Andrea Valderrama talks speed limits, housing policy and more. 

Election | local | Politics | News

Portland Council Candidate Felicia Williams: On The Record

Candidate Felicia Williams talks about budget reform, evictions and her management experience.  

Election | local | Politics | News

Portland Council Candidate Stuart Emmons: On The Record

Stuart Emmons is a candidate for the open seat on Portland City Council. The architect says he will be "the voice" of people who are homeless in Portland.

local | Nation | Politics | News

5 Things To Know About Portland Mayor Wheeler's Proposed Budget

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler released his proposed 2018-19 budget Monday. It includes a $15.3 million business tax hike to hire police officers and fund homeless services.

local | News | Business

New Wapato Jail Owners Consider Hosting Homeless Shelter There

In a surprising twist, a Portland developer and philanthropist who now owns a stake in the shuttered Wapato Jail in North Portland has offered it to the group Harbor of Hope, which wants to open a homeless shelter there.

Health | News | local

There's A Cure For Hepatitis C, But Oregon Limits Access

The opioid epidemic is spreading a virus: hepatitis C. A new class of drugs can cure it. But the state of Oregon limits who can get them.

Health | News | local

How The Opioid Crisis Could Lead To More Cases Of Liver Cancer In Oregon

The opioid epidemic is spreading a virus among people who share needles: hepatitis C. Doctors consider it a silent killer, and Oregon has a particularly high rate of the infection. 

local | News

Multnomah County Board Takes Reduced Offer For Wapato Jail

After years of failed efforts to repurpose Wapato Jail, Multnomah County pushed forward with a plan Thursday to sell it for $5 million.

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'OPB Politics Now’: Wapato Jail And Homelessness In Portland

Multnomah County leaders thought they finally had to deal to sell off the Wapato Jail. But when it comes to this particular large government white elephant, things are never easy.

local | News | Business

Nonprofit Offers Multnomah County $7M For Unused Wapato Jail Site

There’s a new twist in the long saga of Wapato Jail, the Multnomah County facility that cost $58 million to build but has never been used to house inmates. 

local | News | Transportation

Portland Council Approves $50 Million To Repair Streets, Sidewalks

Portland’s City Council took the first step Wednesday to approve $50 million in new spending to repair and update failing infrastructure citywide.  

local | News

Audit: Data Fails To Prove Portland Gang Enforcement Patrols 'Effective'

An audit found Portland's Gang Enforcement Team disproportionately stops African-Americans. It states the team lacks data to "explain to the community what it is doing."


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