Amelia Templeton is OPB’s health reporter, covering COVID-19, health inequality and Oregon’s unique approach to health care.
She’s reported for OPB since 2010. Her beats in the past have included Portland City Hall, housing and homelessness, and public lands.
Amelia’s reporting has taken her across the state to covering life in homeless camps along Portland’s Springwater Corridor trail, the collapse of public safety in rural Oregon counties and the Bundy family’s occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
She received the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative radio for a story about public safety failures in Josephine County and an Edward R. Murrow Award for her work on the "Oregon Field Guide" documentary "Glacier Caves: Mount Hood’s Hidden World."
Amelia has been producing radio since 2004, when she contributed to a student radio podcast of stories from the war in Iraq. She has a degree in history from Swarthmore College.
She serves on the board of trustees of Catlin Gabel and volunteers every year with the Lents Neighborhood’s Chicken Beauty Contest.
In rural Oregon, there’s a higher need for mental health care, but few options
Outside of Oregon's urban areas, a mental health crisis can mean a long drive or an ambulance ride over the mountains to get the right level of care.
Oregon doesn’t have enough treatment or housing for people with mental illness
Oregon's system for people with profound mental illness is broken. We examine two major problems and two promising strategies.
Illegal substances are part of addiction problem in Oregon, but alcohol is biggest killer
Alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death in Oregon. A tax increase could help reduce consumption.
Oregon kids in crisis are not getting the help they need
There are not enough beds - or therapists - in the state for children with the most intense needs.
Oregon’s many mental health crises
OPB talked to experts throughout the state to learn about several of the most pressing elements of the crisis — and about promising strategies to address the many problems.
Oregon and Washington attorneys general sue the FDA, seeking to lift restrictions on abortion pill
Twelve states have signed on to a lawsuit led by Oregon and Washington's attorneys general, both Democrats. They're seeking to lift restrictions that limit which providers can prescribe the abortion pill - at the same time conservatives have sued in hopes of getting a national ban on the medication.
Oregon Sen. Wyden calls on FDA to ignore expected federal court decision to ban abortion pills nationally
Using harsh language to describe what he sees as a political strategy by right-wing ideologues, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said Thursday that a ruling banning access to mifepristone would not be legitimate.
More than 20 state attorneys general, including Oregon, support dispensing abortion pills by mail
The 23 Democratic attorneys general say mifepristone and misoprostol are safe and FDA-approved for use in terminating pregnancy.
‘We need change’ — moms and others rally for better addiction treatment in Oregon
More than 200 people from across Oregon met with legislators and rallied outside the state capitol yesterday to demand better addiction treatment.
At OHSU, researchers test a promising Alzheimer’s drug — and search for a cause
Drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease have been in development for decades, but almost every clinical trial has ended in disappointment. One theory is that we’re treating people too late and not long enough.