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.
Opponents of a methanol plant proposed in Kalama, Washington, are challenging the environmental review of the project.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is promising “sweeping change” from the new state air pollution rule-making process now underway.
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.
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."
The White House is honoring Oregon trawl fisherman Brad Pettinger for his environmental leadership.
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.
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.
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.
Regulators say an oil terminal proposed for a coastal Washington state harbor poses several environmental problems.
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.
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.
Environment | News | Animals | NW LifeOPB/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.
Environment | local | News | WaterOPB/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.
A federal district court judge found the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke the law in approving a plan to kill cormorants on the Columbia River, but he allowed the plan to go forward.
A new survey finds a growing number of Douglas fir trees in the Oregon Coast Range have been infected over the past decade with the fungal disease known as Swiss needle cast.
A national preservation group's first Northwest project is at the South Oregon Coast's Hebo Lake, where volunteers will soon begin restoring a historic community kitchen built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
A new study finds the West is likely to see slower-growing Douglas fir trees in the future, as temperatures and droughts increase with climate change.
As the U.S. and Canada renegotiate an expired trade agreement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is calling for restrictions on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S.
Communities across the Northwest simulated their response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. One of the takeaways in Portland was that first responders are going to need backup.