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.
The Food and Drug Administration approves the first genetically modified salmon as safe for human consumption. Here are the answers to some key questions about these fish.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday released a draft plan for recovering threatened Snake River fall chinook salmon.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has formally recommended removing gray wolves from the state endangered species list. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will vote on the recommendation Nov. 9.
On Thursday, Washington officials announced a delay in the environmental review of the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export terminal on the Columbia River.
A new group has launched a ballot measure campaign to ban endangered species trafficking in Oregon as a way to discourage poaching overseas.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to downgrade the protected status of Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened.
The Coast Guard says a diesel spill in the Columbia River is being cleaned up after a cargo ship leaked more than 1,000 gallons of fuel Friday.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a new plan for bringing back the declining bull trout in five western states. But conservationists say it won't actually restore the fish's population.
With many streams and reservoirs still below normal across Oregon and Washington and a warm winter on tap, experts are predicting another year of drought for the region in 2016.
A renewable energy project in Portland has cities across the globe taking a closer look at their water pipes. It's a hydropower system that draws power from drinking water as it makes its way to the tap.
Conservation groups are accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of withholding research showing a federal plan to kill seabirds on the Columbia River would not actually benefit salmon and steelhead.
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The Shell icebreaker, Fennica, has cleared the St. Johns Bridge and has moved past the protestor blockade to continue on the Willamette River.
As summers in the Northwest get hotter with climate change, researchers and planners are looking for ways to reduce the health risks in urban hot spots. In Portland, a new map could help.
A damaged icebreaker that's essential to Shell Oil Company's controversial plans to drill in the Arctic this summer is scheduled to be repaired at a shipyard in Portland.