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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

Health | News | Water | Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Land | History | local | Forestry | Environment | Communities | Air | Science

Battle Ready

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon

The secret history of the U.S. military’s environmental legacy in the Northwest.

Environment | Communities | local | News | Battle Ready

Portland’s Toxic Graveyard For World War II Ships

OPB/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.

Forestry | Environment

Trump Victory Has Northwest Timber Towns Cheering

OPB | Nov. 16, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Riddle, Oregon

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.

Oregon Field Guide

Vaux's Swift Chimneys

OPB | Nov. 17, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Vaux's swifts put on dazzling displays as they funnel into old chimneys to roost for the night as seen at Portland's Chapman School every fall. But those chimneys are coming down.

Sustainability | Energy | Environment

Portland Climate Activists Prepare Medical Bus For Standing Rock Protesters

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 9, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Portland

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 Water

Widespread Water Tests Find 14 Portland Homes With Elevated Lead

OPB | 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.

Energy | Environment

Opponents Challenge Environmental Review Of Kalama Methanol Plant

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 20, 2016 12:15 p.m.

Opponents of a methanol plant proposed in Kalama, Washington, are challenging the environmental review of the project.

Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Gov. Brown Promises 'Sweeping Change' From New Air Pollution Rules

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 18, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is promising “sweeping change” from the new state air pollution rule-making process now underway.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Building A Better Birdhouse: Creating Shelter For Swifts As Old Chimneys Disappear

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 18, 2016 8:30 a.m. | Albany, Oregon

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer Move Toward Recovery

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 13, 2016 6:45 a.m.

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."

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Pacific Ocean | Sustainability

White House Honors Oregon Man For Helping Make Fishing More Sustainable

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 7, 2016 6:50 a.m.

The White House is honoring Oregon trawl fisherman Brad Pettinger  for his environmental leadership.

Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon Governor’s Advisor Tapped to Lead Environmental Agency For Now

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 4, 2016 4:15 p.m.

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.

Environment | Recreation | Communities

New Route Reconnects Timberline Trail Around Mount Hood

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2016 9:30 p.m. | Portland

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.

Energy | Environment

More Rail Congestion And Noise Among Impacts Of Longview Coal Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2016 1:30 p.m.

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.

Energy | Environment

Environmental Risks Identified For Grays Harbor Oil Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Regulators say an oil terminal proposed for a coastal Washington state harbor poses several environmental problems.

Climate change | Energy | Environment

Environmental Groups Rally For More Fossil Fuel Restrictions In Portland

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2016 5:30 p.m. | Portland

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.

Sustainability | Environment

Catio Tour Promotes Safe Backyard Habitat For Cats and Birds

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2016 10:01 a.m. | Portland

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 Life

BLM Drops Plan To Surgically Sterilize Wild Horses In SE Oregon

OPB/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 | News

Portland Says Harbor Superfund Cleanup Plan Strikes The Right Balance

OPB/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.

News | Politics | Health | Nation

Wyden Says EpiPen Maker May Owe Taxpayers Money

OPB | Sept. 5, 2016 2:07 p.m. | Portland

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says the maker of the allergy drug EpiPen may owe taxpayers a lot of money for failing to reimburse Medicaid properly over the past decade.