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.
OPB reporters met PIN source Jackie Yerby when our newsroom held Coffee Shop Office Hours at the Kennedy School in N Portland. She turned us onto this important story about an Ash Wednesday stand that some Portland Catholics took on marriage equality.
OPB PIN source Bonnie McKinlay participated in the PBS Newshour segment on reaction the State of the Union from viewers outside Washington. She wanted to hear about energy renewal, energy renewables, energy conservation and energy efficiency.
OPB reporters met PIN sources, Terry Brayer and Linda Bozack when our TOL reporters attended the Curry County Public Safety Summit in Gold Beach. They were there to participate in discussions about public safety funding after voters recently rejected ...
OPB reporters attended the Curry County Public Safety Summit in Gold Beach. The meeting was to discuss needed levels of law enforcement and options to consolidate services after voters recently rejected a public safety levy.
Our TOL reporters conducted a program assessing the repercussions of a particularly dry winter for Oregon along with an extremely low snowpack. Businesses, including farmers, ranchers, foresters and recreation providers are affected both short term an...
OPB reporters used a query sent to PIN sources for their insight and experiences while enrolling or trying to enroll with the health care insurance exchange for the Affordable Care Act, known here as Cover Oregon.
We met PIN source Mary Grace when our newsroom held coffee shop office hours in Eugene. She turned us onto this important story about how a group of tree sitters who don't buy a conservation argument for logging.