Public Insight Journalist
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Amanda coordinates OPB's Public Insight Network, a community of sources who share personal experiences with the newsroom. She also produces radio and web stories, data visualizations, and facilitates community engagement opportunities for the newsroom. Before coming to OPB she was a teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, where she was also the managing editor of Ecotone. Amanda hails from Idaho, where she worked as a freelance journalist for outlets like High Country News and The Boise Weekly, as a wilderness ranger, and as an outreach specialist for a statewide nonprofit.
Amanda has masters degrees in literary nonfiction journalism and environmental studies from the UO. She’s a fellow with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and has reported in Mexico as a Savage International Peace Fellow. She enjoys cycling, playing cello, and baking sweets.
Seismologists say there's a 37 percent chance a magnitude 8.0 or 9.0 earthquake could hit Oregon in the next 50 years. PIN sources shared how they are preparing or unprepared for a potential megaquake. Sources also participated in OPB's “Living Off Your Quake Kit” exercise, which simulated what might happen if a serious earthquake struck the region. The PIN helped inform our coverage for a series of radio and web stories about earthquake preparedness.
Rental vacancies are near record lows in the central Oregon community of Bend, yet more and more properties are listed on websites that cater to vacationers. Homeowners, rental managers and residential renters shared how their lives have been affected ...
Eighteen school districts across Oregon don't offer hot lunches to their students. PIN sources discussed why changing federal laws have prompted some schools to drop hot lunches, and how families have been affected.
Despite 15 years of effort, the percentage of Oregonians facing hunger today is nearly the same as it was in the year 2000. PIN members shared their experiences with food stamps, and with attempting to alleviate hunger in the state.