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Editor, EarthFix

David Steves

David Steves is editor of EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

David previously worked as state capital bureau chief for the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene. Before that, David worked at the Statesman Journal as a reporter, editor and columnist in Salem.

David has won journalism awards for stories that covered the murder of a state corrections chief, explored the lives of migrant farm workers, explained the rapidly rising population of mentally ill prison inmates, and exposed a lobbying group’s questionable fund-raising tactics.

David earned a degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

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Recent Articles

Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Wolf-Kill Investigators, Conservation Group Offer Reward Money For Information

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 14, 2016 12:44 p.m.

The government and a conservation group both are offering reward money for help find whoever killed a federally protected gray wolf in South-Central Oregon.

Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

County Panel Approves Rail Expansion In Columbia Gorge Despite Oil-Train Controversy

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2016 4:45 p.m.

A county planning commission has given its approval to a rail expansion in the same stretch of the Columbia River Gorge where a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into flames.

Water | Environment

Nestle Water Bottling Plan Draws Protest — Even After It's Voted Down

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2016 3:45 p.m.

Voters in the Columbia River Gorge approved a measure aimed at blocking Nestle from putting in a water bottling plant. But four months later, activists are still protesting.

local | NW Life | Air | Environment | News | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Expanded Air Monitoring Detects Toxic Metals Around Precision Castparts

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 8, 2016 5:53 p.m.

Southeast Portland air near a manufacturing plant run by Precision Castparts is polluted with unhealthy levels of the heavy metals nickel, hexavalent chromium and arsenic, according to the latest batch of air monitoring data.

Climate change | Transportation | Energy | Environment

Seattle Makes Strides In Reducing Its Carbon Footprint

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 8, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Seattle

Seattle's  greenhouse gas emissions fell by 6 percent over a  six-year period, according to a new report. It cautions that despite the progress,  the city is off the pace needed to reach 2030 carbon-cutting goals.

Water | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Washington Asks Feds To Approve New Fish Consumption Standards

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 1, 2016 3:45 p.m.

Washington environmental regulators will soon find out if their new water-quality rule is good enough for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Forestry | Environment

Oregon Comes Up With A Pricetag For Its Forest For Sale

OPB/EarthFix | July 27, 2016 5 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's Elliott State Forest is worth $221 million, according to the Oregon Department of State Lands. That figure is based on a review process that included appraisals by three independent firms.

Technology | News | Sustainability | local | Environment | World | Nation

The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic Waste

OPB | May 5, 2016 10:40 a.m.

Our international undercover investigation reveals what really happens to America's discarded TVs, phones and computers.

Fish & Wildlife | Business | Environment

Oregon Kills 4 Wolves After Confirming Livestock Attacks

OPB/EarthFix | March 31, 2016 11:30 a.m.

Oregon wildlife officials killed four wolves in northeastern Oregon Thursday after determining they are responsible for killing too many livestock.

local | Arts | Air | Environment | News | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Bullseye Glass Takes Step To Add Air Pollution Filters

OPB/EarthFix | March 4, 2016 5 p.m.

The artistic glass maker at the center of Portland’s toxic air pollution controversy is taking steps to control its emissions.


Researchers See Limited Environmental Impact From Increased Puget Sound Shellfish Farming

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 23, 2015 1:45 p.m.

A new study suggests that Puget Sound shellfish producers could expand some of their operations without significantly affecting the environment.


Washington Tribe's Whale Hunt Proposal Gets First Look From Regulators

OPB | March 6, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Washington's Makah Indian tribe wants to resume its traditional practice of whale hunting.

News | Air

Q&A: Oil Trains In The Northwest

OPB | Jan. 15, 2015 5:15 p.m.

EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn talked to OPB's Spencer Raymond about what happened Thursday when Washington lawmakers held their first hearings on oil train safety concerns.

Energy | Environment

Stiff Tariffs Imposed To Help U.S. Solar Panel Makers Compete

OPB | Dec. 17, 2014 4:19 p.m.

The Obama administration delivers a trade war victory to the U.S. solar industry. The move is seen as a boost to an Oregon manufacturer.

Environment | Land

Public Media Call For Forest Service To Relax Wild Land Photography Rules

EarthFix | Dec. 3, 2014 4:56 p.m.

Public broadcasters are calling on the U.S. Forest Service to make a number of changes in its regulation of photography, filming and recording on public lands.

local | Health | News

Ebola Ruled Out For Woman In Portland-Area Hospital

OPB | Nov. 2, 2014 2:46 p.m. | Portland

Tests for Ebola came back negative Sunday for a woman in Oregon whose sustained fever and time spent in West Africa had prompted her hospitalization.

Environment | Land

The Golden Anniversary For Wilderness In America

OPB | Sept. 2, 2014 7 a.m.

When you consider how long mountains, forests and deserts have been a part of the American landscape, 50 years is the blink of an eye. But it’s something of a milestone when a law protecting these places turns 50. That’s happening this week.

Water | Environment

Obama Signs Northwest Lawmaker's Bill For Toxic Algae Research

OPB | June 30, 2014 5:59 p.m.

A Northwest lawmaker's battle against toxic algae blooms wins the support of President Barack Obama, who signs into law a bill aimed at controlling such outbreaks.

Energy | Environment

All-Nighter On Climate Change To Keep U.S. Senators Occupied

OPB | March 10, 2014 2:45 p.m.

They don't have plans for a filibuster, since they lack a bill and a scheduled vote. But more than two dozen Democratic U.S. lawmakers do have a lot to say about the perils of climate change -- along with a free Monday night and access to the floor of the U.S. Senate.