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Cassandra Profita


Cassandra Profita is a reporter for EarthFix,an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger.

She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.

Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.

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Recent Articles

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Oregon, California Governors Request Salmon Disaster Assistance

OPB/EarthFix | May 25, 2017 noon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown are calling for a federal disaster declaration in response to two years of dismal ocean salmon fishing seasons.

Energy | Environment

Sale Of Storage Tanks Raises Concerns About An Oil Terminal In Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | May 23, 2017 5:45 p.m.

A proposal by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the lower Columbia River has raised concerns about a potential oil-by-rail terminal in Oregon.

Energy | Sustainability | local | Environment | News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

What The Northwest Could Learn From Japan's Eco-Friendly 'Smart Homes'

OPB/EarthFix | May 22, 2017 6 a.m.

Japan's "smart homes" combine solar panels, electric cars and batteries not only to save energy but also to supply their own power when disaster strikes.

Forestry | Environment

Oregon Officials Vote Down Plan To Sell Elliott State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | May 9, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon’s State Land Board voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel the sale of the Elliott State Forest near the southern coast.

Forestry | Environment

Oregon State University Offers To Split Cost Of Buying Elliott State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | May 5, 2017 4:25 p.m.

Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read is proposing a new option for the Elliott State Forest that would allow Oregon State University to buy the land and use it for research and education.

Forestry | Environment

Oregon Governor Releases Plan To Avoid Selling A State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | May 4, 2017 4:40 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has released her proposal for keeping the Elliott State Forest in public ownership – rather than selling it.

Energy | Environment

Cancer, Congestion, Pollution Among The Outcomes Of Longview Coal Export Project: Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 28, 2017 11:10 a.m.

The largest proposed coal terminal in North America would inevitably impact the environment and the surrounding community in Southwest Washington, according to a new report.

Climate change | Energy | Environment

Climate Activists Tell PGE: Don’t Even Think About New Natural Gas Plants

OPB/EarthFix | April 26, 2017 1:02 p.m. | Portland

Environmental groups gathered outside the Portland General Electric headquarters in Portland Wednesday to protest the utility’s effort to permit two new natural gas power plants.

Science | Environment

Looming Budget Cuts Put Scientists In Limbo

OPB/EarthFix | April 22, 2017 noon | Vancouver, Washington

Thousands of people took to the streets Saturday in the March for Science. Among those marching were scientists whose jobs are now in jeopardy as they wait for the federal budget ax to fall.

Energy | Environment

White House Advisor Promises Approval For Oregon's Controversial LNG Project

OPB/EarthFix | April 21, 2017 11:45 a.m.

One of President Trump’s top economic advisors says the administration plans to approve a permit for the controversial Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project in Coos Bay.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News

Fishery Managers Close 200 Miles Of West Coast To Salmon Fishing

OPB/EarthFix | April 11, 2017 11:30 a.m. | Portland

Fishery managers voted Tuesday to close ocean salmon seasons along about 200 miles of the coastline from southern Oregon to northern California.

Energy | Environment

Opponents Aim To Block State Funding For Methanol Plant

OPB/EarthFix | April 6, 2017 12:10 p.m.

Opponents of a methanol refinery proposed on the Columbia River say Washington should avoid spending public funds on infrastructure for the controversial plant.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Conservation Groups Sue To Protect Wildlife From ‘Cyanide Bombs’

OPB/EarthFix | April 4, 2017 1 p.m.

Conservation groups want to see more restrictions on cyanide traps after a federal agency's trap killed a wolf in northeast Oregon.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Court Orders More Spill Over Columbia River Dams In 2018

OPB/EarthFix | March 27, 2017 4:30 p.m.

A judge has ordered federal agencies to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead, though not until next year after testing.

Energy | Environment

Volkswagen Settlement Fuels A Fight To Phase Out Dirty Old Diesel Engines

OPB/EarthFix | March 23, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Portland

The Northwest is in line to receive millions of dollars through a settlement with Volkswagen Group. Some say that money could help crack down on old diesel trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Pacific Ocean

Ocean Salmon Fishery Closures Proposed To Protect Klamath River Fish

OPB/EarthFix | March 13, 2017 12:45 p.m.

The West Coast is on track for a meager and potentially disastrous salmon season, with severe cutbacks proposed for fisheries from the central Oregon coast down into northern California.

Climate change | Environment

Carbon Tax? Cap and Trade? Oregon Lawmakers Weigh Options For Reducing Emissions

OPB/EarthFix | March 1, 2017 5:45 p.m.

Supporters and opponents weighed in on five bills that would reduce Oregon's carbon emissions at a joint committee hearing in Salem Wednesday.

Climate change | Energy | Environment

World's Largest Methanol Plant Lands Key Permit Approval From A Washington County

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 27, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Cowlitz County has approved a key permit for a controversial methanol plant proposed on the Columbia River. Opponents plan to appeal the decision.

Forestry | Environment

Controversial Sale Of A State Forest In Oregon Moves Forward After Land Board Vote

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 14, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Two new members of Oregon’s State Land Board voted Tuesday to move forward with the controversial sale of the Elliott State Forest despite opposition from Gov. Kate Brown.

Forestry | Environment

Gov. Brown Announces New Plan To Keep Elliott State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 10, 2017 3:15 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a new plan Friday that would keep the Elliott State Forest in public ownership by borrowing money on the bond market.