Amanda Weisbrod

Hello, readers!

My name is Amanda Weisbrod and I’m the newest reporter at The Observer. I come to you from my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, which is approximately 2,100 miles from my new home in La Grande. I accepted a position at The Observer in November, graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in December, and moved cross-country with my cat, Darko, at the beginning of January. It’s been a crazy couple of months.

In college, I wrote articles, designed pages and edited content for a number of
student publications including The Post, Ohio University’s flagship newspaper, Backdrop, a local arts and culture magazine, Speakeasy, an online entertainment magazine, and Southeast Ohio, a local news and lifestyle magazine. My most valuable experiences, however, come from my editorial internships at Cincinnati magazine, The Athens Messenger newspaper, CityBeat Cincinnati and OnTap magazine in Washington, D.C.

While at The Observer, I will be responsible for covering the City of Elgin, arts and entertainment, the Center for Human Development and Grande Ronde Hospital as well as designing pages one and five. If you have any story leads or need to get in touch, feel free to send an email to or give me a call at 541-963-3161.

I chose La Grande and the greater area of Northeast Oregon as my first home after graduation because I was looking for an adventure. Ohio will always be my home base, but I have lived there my entire life and I wanted some fresh scenery. Oregon sounded beautiful to me. On the drive from Boise Airport to La Grande, I was pleased to find out I
was right.

I have never seen mountains like yours. Every morning on my drive to the newsroom, I take a moment to appreciate the breathtaking sunrise over the peaks. I can’t wait to explore them in the summer.

Other Oregonian things I learned over this past week include: rodeos are a big deal out here, attendants will pump your gas for you, and purchasing a pair of cowboy boots will be enough to disguise your Midwestern-ness — at least for a little while.

I’ve already met a number of incredibly genuine and pleasant people in La Grande and the surrounding area, which has been very comforting as I’m a long way from everyone and everything I know. I’m eager to learn even more about your cities and state, all while meeting some wonderful people in the process.

See you around!