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 | Environment | local | Fish & WildlifeOPB/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.
PacifiCorp is moving forward with a 20-year plan that reduces its use of coal-fired power while expanding investments in wind energy.
Air | Environment | local | NewsOPB/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.
News | Environment | local | Fish & WildlifeOPB/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.
The Oregon Public Utility Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the sale of nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.
More than two dozen Oregon businesses are banding together to fight climate change through a new organization called the Oregon Business Alliance For Climate.
At a national conference in Portland, experts discussed how to increase the use of electric vehicles in low-income communities.
Millions of tubular sea creatures called pyrosomes have taken over the Pacific ocean in an unprecedented bloom that has scientists baffled.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has stopped shooting double-crested cormorants after the huge colony of seabirds vacated their nesting grounds at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Oregon utility regulators are considering a request by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.
The Washington Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision Thursday in a ruling that suggests the Port of Vancouver violated public meetings law while negotiating a lease for an oil terminal.
News | Environment | Economy | SustainabilityOPB/EarthFix | May 31, 2017 4:30 p.m.
Leaders of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project unveiled their vision for a public riverwalk at the former Blue Heron paper mill site.
A Portland brewery has teamed up with an environmental group to brew a low-carbon “Bike Crush Saison.”
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown are calling for a federal disaster declaration in response to two years of dismal ocean salmon fishing seasons.
A proposal by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the lower Columbia River has raised concerns about a potential oil-by-rail terminal in Oregon.
News | Environment | local | Energy | Sustainability | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?OPB/EarthFix | May 22, 2017 6 a.m.
Japan's "smart homes" combine solar panels, electric cars and batteries not only to save energy but also to supply their own power when disaster strikes.
Oregon’s State Land Board voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel the sale of the Elliott State Forest near the southern coast.
Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read is proposing a new option for the Elliott State Forest that would allow Oregon State University to buy the land and use it for research and education.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has released her proposal for keeping the Elliott State Forest in public ownership – rather than selling it.
The largest proposed coal terminal in North America would inevitably impact the environment and the surrounding community in Southwest Washington, according to a new report.