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.
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.
Environmental protesters will rally to block the oil flowing to refineries -- raising a ruckus in the midst of the Salish Sea’s largest colony of great blue herons.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is denying a permit for the proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Washington.
In a ruling Wednesday, Federal District Court Judge Michael Simon rejected the government's latest plan for protecting salmon in the Columbia River Basin, saying the system of fish-blocking dams “cries out for a new approach.”
Election | Environment | Politics | WaterOPB/EarthFix | May 1, 2016 9:45 p.m. | Cascade Locks, Oregon
A measure on this month’s ballot asks Hood River County voters to ban commercial water bottling in an effort to block Nestle from building a $50 million plant in the Columbia River Gorge.
Coal dust, greenhouse gas emissions, noise and traffic congestion are among the environmental impacts of the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, according to a draft report released Friday.
Portland State University, the city of Portland and Multnomah County announced plans Wednesday to spend $125,000 on a two-year study of the city’s toxic air pollution.
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve new air pollution restrictions for colored glassmakers statewide.
An EarthFix examination finds Oregon regulators routinely fail to conduct thorough investigations of air and odor complaints. They do less than regulators in neighboring California and Washington to resolve complaints and control nuisance odors.
Environment | News | AirOPB/EarthFix | April 19, 2016 1:31 p.m.
Neighbors of the Daimler Trucks manufacturing plant on Swan Island protested the opening of the company's new corporate headquarters in Portland Tuesday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says two artistic glassmakers in Portland should have installed pollution controls on their furnaces under existing national rules.
Bullseye Glass has announced it plans to resume using cadmium in its glassmaking operation now that the company has installed a pollution control device to reduce harmful emissions.
Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek calls on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to delay deciding whether to accept staff findings that paint fumes from a North Portland truck manufacturer do not pose a nuisance to neighbors.