Amelia grew up in Portland. She got her journalism start atSwarthmoreCollege, reporting for a podcast. She spent several years working as an advocate for refugees in Washington, D.C. and the Middle East.
Amelia returned to the Pacific Northwest, and to reporting, in 2009. She has roamed from northern California to Wyoming producing stories for OPB, National Public Radio, Marketplace, and the Northwest News Network.
This year she started exploring documentary film and photography and convinced a bison to snort into her microphone. Amelia is a committed backpacker. She likes larch trees, salal, and eelgrass. She does not like poison oak. Her favorite food is croutons.
Oregonians voted to become the first state to decriminalize the personal possession of illegal drugs, including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine. The measures passed by a wide margin.
Oregon's governor put a one-week pause on reopening due to a growth in COVID-19 cases. Arizona's governor, despite a big spike of cases in his state, is defying requests to slow reopening.
As rents rise, Portland is making it easier for homeowners to build small houses in their backyards and enable people who would be priced out to stay.
Two explorers have discovered more than a mile of caves underneath a glacier on Mt. Hood near Portland, Oregon. They suspect the beautiful formations account for a significant loss of the glacier's ice, and they have set out to measure how much the inside of the glacier is melting each year. It's dangerous work, but it could reveal that some glaciers in the Pacific Northwest are retreating faster than anyone realized.