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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

Oregon Field Guide

Invasive Species BBQ

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016 8:30 p.m.

A group of ecologists cook up a clever way to address the problem of invasive species – one bite at a time.

Environment | local | News

Portlanders Demand Action On Heavy Metal Air Pollution

OPB | Feb. 9, 2016 11:30 p.m.

Hundreds of people crowded into Cleveland High School Tuesday night with questions, concerns and demands for officials addressing Portland's air pollution.

Environment | Air

Second Portland Glass-Maker Suspends Use Of Cadmium

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 9, 2016 9:30 a.m.

A second glass-making company in Portland has voluntarily suspended its use of cadmium in response to tests showing elevated levels of the metal in nearby moss.

Communities | Environment | Health | Air

Portland Heavy Metals Emissions Linked To Glass Facility

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 4, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

A glass facility in Southeast Portland has suspended the use of cadmium and arsenic in its operations following the revelation that testing found unhealthy levels of those metals in the air nearby.

Environment | Land

Oregon State Students Dig Into Extraordinary Assignment: Recovering Ancient Mammoth Bones

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 3, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Corvallis, Oregon

Thousands of extinct animal bones and fragments have been excavated from Oregon State University's football stadium. But one last pile of dirt is still being explored by students in an extraordinary on-campus assignment.

Environment | Land

Mammoth Discovery Offers Students A Rare Opportunity To Identify Extinct Animal Bones

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 29, 2016 6 p.m. | Corvallis, Oregon

Oregon State University students got a rare chance Friday to search for extinct animal bones in soil from the construction site where workers recently discovered the remains of an ancient mammoth.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Washington, Oregon Considering No Sturgeon Fishing On Lower Columbia

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 28, 2016 1:45 p.m.

Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife officials are debating whether to close the only Columbia River sturgeon fishery below Bonneville Dam to protect the fish until the population rebounds.

Environment | History

Ancient Mammoth Bones Discovered Under Oregon State's Stadium End Zone

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 27, 2016 3:15 p.m.

An expansion project at Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium has uncovered ancient mammoth bones under the football field’s end zone.

Environment | Energy

Washington Lawmakers Take Up Partial Closure Of Montana Coal Plant

OPB | Jan. 21, 2016 3:45 p.m.

Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that paves the way for a partial closure of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant in Montana.

Environment | Energy

Coal Company Backing Longview Export Terminal Declares Bankruptcy

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2016 3:15 p.m.

A key investor in a proposed coal export project on the Columbia River  filed for bankruptcy Monday.

Environment | Energy

Oregon Utilities Agree To Phase Out Coal-Fired Power

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 6, 2016 10:30 a.m.

Oregon utilities have agreed to support a bill that would phase out coal-fired power in Oregon by 2030.

Environment | Water | Energy

Hundreds Show Up To Speak On Vancouver Oil Project

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 5, 2016 7:45 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Hundreds of people showed up to speak  at a hearing on the controversial Vancouver Energy oil terminal.

Environment | local | Climate change | Sustainability | Greetings From The Northwest: Under The Weather

Snow Harvesting: Northwest Ski Resorts Adapt To Climate Change

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 5, 2016 5:30 p.m.

With climate models predicting warmer winters and less snow in the future, Northwest ski resorts are finding strategies they can use to adapt.

Environment | Water

Upcoming King Tide Offers A Preview Of Sea Level Rise

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 21, 2015 8:30 a.m. | Portland

What will coastal communities look like as the sea level rises with climate change? This week's king tide could offer a preview.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Budget Deal Requires Labeling For Genetically Engineered Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 18, 2015 3:15 p.m. | Portland

In the federal spending package approved Friday, Congress directs the Food and Drug Administration to make sure a controversial new fish is labeled for consumers.

Environment | Energy

The NW Will Meet Energy Needs Without New Power Plants. That's The Plan.

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 14, 2015 7 p.m.

A report by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council finds the region can meet nearly all of its energy needs for the next 20 years without building new power plants.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

A Furry Predator Returns To the Wilds of Washington

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 3, 2015 3:26 p.m. | Randle, Washington

With the release of seven fishers Thursday, the weasel-like mammal is back in Washington's south Cascades after a 70-year absence.

Environment | Water

Willamette River Gets A Passing Grade On Its First Environmental Report Card

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2015 5:55 p.m. | Portland

A panel of experts gave the Willamette River an overall grade of B- on its first environmental report card. But the river's grades go down as it makes its way toward the city of Portland.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

New Wolf Pack Confirmed In North-Central Washington

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 24, 2015 3:15 p.m.

Wildlife officials have confirmed a new wolf pack near the towns of Twisp and Omak in Washington. They've named the pack Loup Loup, recognizing prominent landmarks within pack's range in Methow Valley.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

The Bullfrog And Thistle: Can The Northwest Eat Its Way Out Of Ecological Threats?

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 23, 2015 11:30 a.m. | Portland

A group of Oregon ecologists is taking a bite out of the problem of invasive species – with Cajun-fried bullfrog legs and invasive crayfish dip. They even have a cookbook full of dishes that put invasive species on the menu.