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.
Environment | Sustainability | News | Communities | Transportation | localOPB/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.
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 changeOPB/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.
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.
Businesses in Prineville, Oregon, are still humming with customers as the Symbiosis Festival winds down after Monday’s eclipse.
Environment | News | EnergyOPB/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 | local | News | Fish & Wildlife | NationOPB/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.
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.
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.
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 & 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.
Environment | News | Air | localOPB/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 & 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.