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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

Environment | Sustainability | News | Communities | Transportation | local

Are The Car-Sharing And EV Revolutions Leaving Poor People Behind?

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 15, 2017 8 a.m. | Portland

A new program in Northeast Portland aims to serve people outside the boundaries of mainstream car-sharing services.

Environment | Forestry | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Eagle Creek Fire Puts Popular Gorge Trails Off Limits Until Spring

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2017 11:45 a.m.

Some of the most popular hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge are inside the perimeter of the Eagle Creek wildfire. Officials say that means they’ll be closed for at least six months.

Environment | Air | Health | Climate change

Climate Change Is Making Smoky, Unhealthy Air More Common

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 7, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Portland

As climate change plays out in the Northwest, more smoky, unhealthy air will come along with hotter, drier summers and bigger wildfires.

Environment | News | local | Climate change | Politics

Trump Policy Reversal Raises Concerns For Northwest's National Parks

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 4, 2017 9:30 a.m.

Advocates are worried that Trump administration policy changes will damage the ability of national parks to deal with climate change.

Environment | Land

Eclipse Chasers Leave Little Damage Behind On Oregon's Wild Lands

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 25, 2017 7 a.m. | Prineville, Oregon

Anticipating up to a million eclipse visitors, public land managers in Oregon prepared for the worst. But their fears of human-caused wildfires and environmental destruction never came to pass.

Business | News | Economy | local | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Still Plenty Of Eclipse T-Shirts Left As Visitors Head Home

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 23, 2017 6 a.m. | Prineville, Oregon

Businesses in Prineville, Oregon, are still humming with customers as the Symbiosis Festival winds down after Monday’s eclipse.

Environment | News | Energy

NW Scientists Make The Case For Spilling More Water Over Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 16, 2017 4:37 p.m.

On Wednesday, dozens of scientists sent a letter to Northwest lawmakers in Congress. In it, they argue in favor of spilling more water over dams to help fish.

Environment | Food | News | local | Sustainability

'Ugly' Produce Delivery Service Expands To The Northwest

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 16, 2017 6:15 a.m. | Portland

A California-based company that sells blemished and misshapen fruits and vegetables is expanding into the Northwest.

Environment | local | News | Fish & Wildlife | Nation

Sea Lions Put Willamette River Steelhead At Risk Of Extinction

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 7, 2017 4:38 p.m. | Oregon City, Oregon

Oregon officials say Willamette River steelhead are on the verge of extinction because they’re getting eaten by sea lions at Willamette Falls.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

New Pollinator Stamps Feature Work Of 2 Oregon Photographers

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 2, 2017 6:15 p.m.

Two Oregon wildlife photographers will have their their pictures of honeybees featured in the new Protect Pollinators Forever postage stamps scheduled to be released this week.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Native Shrimp Once Killed With Pesticides Now At Risk From Invasive Parasite

OPB/EarthFix | July 28, 2017 9:45 a.m. | Newport, Oregon

For years, oyster growers in the Northwest have been looking for ways to kill the burrowing mud shrimp. Now, it seems, an invasive parasite is doing it for them.

Environment | Land

Wyden Bill Encourages Outdoor Recreation On Public Lands

OPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2017 1:45 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden introduced a bill Wednesday that aims to simplify the permitting process for outdoor recreation on public lands.

Environment | local | News | Fish & Wildlife

Legal Battle Drives Dam Managers To Extraordinary Salmon Research

OPB/EarthFix | July 7, 2017 12:15 p.m. | Bonneville, Oregon

As a 20-year lawsuit drags on, federal dam managers need to prove to the court that habitat restoration is actually working to save salmon. And that’s no small task.

Environment | Energy

PacifiCorp Looks To Expand Wind Energy As Coal Plants Retire

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 2:18 p.m.

PacifiCorp is moving forward with a 20-year plan that reduces its use of coal-fired power while expanding investments in wind energy.

Environment | News | Air | local

Oregon, Washington Threaten To Sue EPA Over Methane Rules

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 12:21 p.m.

Fourteen states – including Oregon and Washington – are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Air Act.

Environment | local | News | Fish & Wildlife

Fisher Reintroduced Into South Cascades Has A Baby, Photo Shows

OPB/EarthFix | June 28, 2017 11:33 a.m.

A trail camera has captured the first evidence that the weasel-like fishers recently reintroduced into the South Cascades have started reproducing.

Environment | Energy

Oregon Utility Board Approves Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks

OPB/EarthFix | June 27, 2017 11:40 a.m. | Portland

The Oregon Public Utility Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the sale of nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

Environment | Sustainability | Climate change

Oregon Businesses Form New Alliance To Fight Climate Change

OPB/EarthFix | June 22, 2017 8:45 a.m. | Portland

More than two dozen Oregon businesses are banding together to fight climate change through a new organization called the Oregon Business Alliance For Climate.

Environment | Sustainability | Communities

Challenging The Idea That Electric Vehicles Are For The Rich

OPB/EarthFix | June 20, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Portland

At a national conference in Portland, experts discussed how to increase the use of electric vehicles in low-income communities.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Science

Massive Bloom Of Pickle-Shaped Sea Creatures Fills The Pacific

OPB/EarthFix | June 16, 2017 2:10 p.m.

Millions of tubular sea creatures called pyrosomes have taken over the Pacific ocean in an unprecedented bloom that has scientists baffled.