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.
Environment | Communities | local | News | Battle ReadyOPB/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon | Portland
Portland's WWII shipbuilding gave way to shipbreaking and environmental consequences extending well beyond the war years. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to revive the flagging timber economy across the Northwest. That has towns in the Timber Belt cheering while environmental groups prepare for a fight.
Portland climate activists have transformed an old school bus into a shelter and medical facility for oil pipeline protesters at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.
Water | local | Environment | News | Lead In The WaterOPB | Nov. 9, 2016 noon
Testing has found elevated lead levels in the tap water at 14 homes in the Portland metropolitan area. Officials say the lead is is coming from old plumbing inside individual homes.
Opponents of a methanol plant proposed in Kalama, Washington, are challenging the environmental review of the project.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is promising “sweeping change” from the new state air pollution rule-making process now underway.
Vaux's swifts are losing their roosting habitat as old chimneys get demolished. Bird advocates are testing out a homemade replacement in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
After nearly 50 years on the endangered species list, the Columbian white-tailed deer are moving up in the world. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is upgrading their status to "threatened."
The White House is honoring Oregon trawl fisherman Brad Pettinger for his environmental leadership.
Richard Whitman is Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's natural resource policy director. But soon he will become the interim director of the troubled Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
For the past decade, hikers on the Timberline Trail have had to contend with a hazardous gap in the 40-mile loop around Mount Hood. Now, those days are gone.
Train traffic congestion and railroad noise are two of the major impacts of the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project in Longview, Washington, according to the latest environmental review.
Regulators say an oil terminal proposed for a coastal Washington state harbor poses several environmental problems.
Climate activists say the city of Portland’s proposal to ban "bulk" fossil fuel terminals isn’t restrictive enough. They're calling for a ban on all fossil fuel terminals.
More than 1,200 people signed up for this year's tour of Portland's catios – enclosed outdoor patios that aim to protect both cats and backyard wildlife.
Animals | News | Environment | NW LifeOPB/EarthFix | Sept. 9, 2016 2:15 p.m.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has dropped plans to surgically sterilize more than 200 wild mares at a facility in southeast Oregon.
Water | local | Environment | NewsOPB/EarthFix | Sept. 5, 2016 3:38 p.m. | Portland
Leaders with the city of Portland say the $746 million plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site isn't perfect, but it's good enough to move forward.