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.
A new survey finds a growing number of Douglas fir trees in the Oregon Coast Range have been infected over the past decade with the fungal disease known as Swiss needle cast.
A national preservation group's first Northwest project is at the South Oregon Coast's Hebo Lake, where volunteers will soon begin restoring a historic community kitchen built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
A new study finds the West is likely to see slower-growing Douglas fir trees in the future, as temperatures and droughts increase with climate change.
As the U.S. and Canada renegotiate an expired trade agreement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is calling for restrictions on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S.
Communities across the Northwest simulated their response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. One of the takeaways in Portland was that first responders are going to need backup.
Court documents show the timber industry is footing the bill for Linn County’s $1.4 billion lawsuit over logging in Oregon state forests.
The environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over oil spills from Grand Coulee Dam.
Clean air advocates are calling on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to stop renewing air pollution permits until new rules are in place.
Seven companies have filed a legal dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the plans to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site.
North Portland residents told state officials Monday night that air testing in their neighborhood was flawed and doesn’t address their longstanding concerns about strong paint odors.
Leaders with the city of Portland, Multnomah County and Columbia River tribes are urging Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to work with Congress and President Obama to permanently ban oil trains in Oregon.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will take 30 years and more than $746 million to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
News of toxic lead in the air and water have many parents on high alert. Lead poisoning in children can cause permanent brain damage. One Portland family is confronting that reality.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has cited a Portland chrome plating company for three violations of air pollution rules.
Air testing near the Southeast Portland manufacturing company Precision Castparts found elevated levels of three heavy metals, but officials say there is no immediate public health threat.
Officials say thousands of cormorants have abandoned their nests on an island in the Columbia River and they don’t know why.
News of a major Northwest recycler's illicit e-waste exports stunned state regulators and auditors, showing their limited ability to ensure e-waste is handled properly in a complex and global industry.
Voters in Hood River County voted Tuesday to ban commercial water bottling and block a proposed Nestle plant, but the company and its backers haven't given up.
Hood River County voters have approved a ban on commercial water bottling, blocking Nestle's proposed bottling plant in Cascade Locks.
Dozens of protesters rallied outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Portland Tuesday. They’re calling for federal officials to stop killing cormorants on the Columbia River.