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.
The pickle-shaped sea creatures known as pyrosomes are rarely seen along the West Coast, but this year millions of them showed up. No one knows why they're here or how long they'll stay.
A trade panel is recommending tariffs to make Chinese solar panels so expensive that U.S. manufacturers like Oregon’s SolarWorld can compete. But could hurt the rest of the U.S. solar industry.
The U.S. solar industry is bracing for possible tariffs or quotas on imported solar panels. Such action could have very different consequences on different parts of the industry.
Environment | Water | News | local
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to walk away from a water rights transfer tied to Nestle's proposed water bottling plant.
Environment | local | News | Energy
Backers of a coal export terminal proposed in Southwest Washington are suing state regulators over their denial of a key permit needed to build the project.
Oregon is proposing new air pollution rules that would set limits on the total health risk a polluter can pose to its neighbors.
Oregon’s Congressional delegation is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to move forward with clean-up plans for the Portland Harbor Superfund site without further delay.
A bill sponsored by several U.S. House members from the Northwest aims to overturn two recent court decisions to protect salmon from harmful effects of Columbia and Snake river dams.
By the end of the year, much of the mixed plastic and paper that goes into recycling bins will be banned from China, which could mean they will end up in a landfill.
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
As climate change plays out in the Northwest, more smoky, unhealthy air will come along with hotter, drier summers and bigger wildfires.
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.
Environment | News | Energy
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.