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Investigative and Data Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Tony Schick


Tony Schick is an investigative and data reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Tony previously worked as the web editor for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a journalism nonprofit based in Columbia, Missouri. He has worked as a freelance reporter and researcher since 2007.

He has undergraduate degrees in journalism and sociology from Gonzaga University, where he spent enough time after hours in the student newsroom that he and his wife named their dog, Myron, after the building’s beloved overnight custodian. He received his master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. 

Tony is a native of Portland.

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Recent Articles

Energy | Environment | News | local | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Washington Governor Asks Union Pacific To Halt Oil Trains

OPB | June 24, 2016 5:09 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the Union Pacific Railroad to halt oil train shipments through Washington until the company does more walking inspections of its railroad track.

Transportation | Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oil Train Tank Cars Are Getting Safer But What About The Tracks?

OPB/EarthFix | June 15, 2016 8 a.m. | Mosier, Oregon

A push for safer oil-by-rail transport has paid more attention to tank car improvements  than the vulnerability of  tracks used to haul a heavy, sloshing cargo of crude.

Energy | Transportation | Environment | Water | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Before Mosier Derailment, Union Pacific Lobbied Oregon Against Tougher Oil Train Rules, And Won

OPB/EarthFix | June 10, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Mosier, Oregon

A year before 16 of its oil tanker cars derailed and caused a fire, a spill and an evacuation order in the Columbia River Gorge, Union Pacific lobbied against stronger oversight of oil trains moving through the Northwest. The railroad industry lost in Washington. But in Oregon, it won.

Environment | News | Transportation | Land | Air | Water | local | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Industry Experts Question Railroad Explanation For Mosier Derailment

OPB | June 7, 2016 7:08 p.m.

Railroad industry experts are questioning the early explanation from Union Pacific for why its oil train crashed in Mosier, Ore.  

Environment | Energy | News | Transportation | Air | Water | local | Oil Trains In The Northwest

No Crude, But Hazardous Materials Still Moving Through Mosier

OPB | June 7, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Union Pacific has not stopped moving hazardous and flammable materials through Mosier — including tanker cars of liquefied petroleum gases like propane or butane.

Health | Forestry | Agriculture | Environment

Oregon Timber Grower Complains Of Helicopter Herbicide Spraying

EarthFix | May 27, 2016 7 p.m. | Portland

There’s a new complaint about exposure from a helicopter spraying weed killer on Oregon forestland. This time, it's from a fellow timber grower and former member of the Oregon Board of Forestry.  

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Conservationists Question Oregon Fish And Wildlife Over Latest Budget

EarthFix | May 27, 2016 6 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, seeking comment on its latest budget proposal, drew hard questions from conservationists Thursday night in Portland.  

Energy | Transportation | Environment

Railroad Whistleblower In Seattle Wins $1.6M Settlement

EarthFix | May 27, 2016 4:30 p.m.

A federal jury in Seattle has awarded a former BNSF Railway worker, and whistleblower, more than $1.6 million in a case involving brake inspections for tank cars.

Technology | Business | Environment | The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic Waste

NW E-Cycle Programs Tested By Electronic Waste Exports

OPB/EarthFix | May 19, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Portland

News of a major Northwest recycler's illicit e-waste exports stunned state regulators and auditors, showing their limited ability to ensure e-waste is handled properly in a complex and global industry.  

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Sustainability | Water

Carbon Pollution Could Be A Big Problem For Northwest Crab Business

OPB/EarthFix | May 18, 2016 4:15 p.m.

Increased carbon emissions are putting Puget Sound Dungeness crabs at risk, according to new research from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.

Environment | Sustainability | Food | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Air | Science | Water | Agriculture

UW Fisheries Professor Targeted By Greenpeace Over Industry Funding

OPB/EarthFix | May 12, 2016 6 p.m. | Portland

University of Washington fisheries professor Ray Hilborn is facing accusations from the environmental group Greenpeace about conflicts of interest and failures to disclose industry funding in some of his research.

Communities | Technology | Land | Environment | Sustainability | The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic Waste

Major Northwest Electronics Recycler Admits To Exporting Old Televisions

OPB | May 5, 2016 4:35 p.m. | Portland

The biggest electronic recycling company in Washington faces multiple state investigations and has lost its environmental certification after it was caught secretly exporting televisions laden with hazardous materials to unregulated facilities in Hong Kong.  

Communities | Environment | Air

Washington More Responsive Than Oregon on Air Complaints, But Problems Remain

OPB/EarthFix | April 20, 2016 10 p.m. | Portland

EarthFix found clean air agencies in Washington take more steps to resolve air and odor complaints than Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.

Communities | Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Neighbors To North Portland Polluter Say DEQ Ignored Their Complaints

OPB/EarthFix | April 20, 2016 10 p.m. | Portland

An EarthFix examination finds Oregon regulators routinely fail to conduct thorough investigations of air and odor complaints. They do less than regulators in neighboring California and Washington to resolve complaints and control nuisance odors.  

Environment | Air

Oregon House Speaker Criticizes DEQ Investigation Of Swan Island Odors

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

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek calls on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to delay deciding whether to accept staff findings that  paint fumes from a North Portland truck manufacturer do not pose a nuisance to neighbors.  

local | Health | Environment | News | Lead In The Water

Why Portland's Water Hasn't Gotten The Lead Out

OPB/EarthFix | April 9, 2016 7:15 a.m.

Portland stands out for its high levels of lead in its drinking water, according to an analysis of a new database compiled by the Associated Press.

Animals | Land use | Land | Environment

Video: When Enforcement Lags For Livestock Grazing Rules

OPB/EarthFix | March 17, 2016 11 a.m.

What's at stake with America's lagging enforcement of grazing rules – explained in one minute.

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

Seattle Law Firm Files Class Action Lawsuit Over Portland Air Pollution

OPB | March 3, 2016 3:44 p.m. | Portland

Seven plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against Bullseye Glass, a Southeast Portland manufacturer accused of emitting unhealthy levels of toxic heavy metals.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

7 Things You Need To Know About Portland's Toxic Air Situation

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

Portland’s air is dirtier than we thought. Inadequate rules have been exposed, neighbors are angry and state air quality officials are leaving their posts. Here’s what you need to know.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Complaints About Bullseye Glass Air Pollution Date Back to 1980s

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 29, 2016 6 p.m. | Portland

Decades before a study of heavy metals trapped in moss tipped the Oregon DEQ off to problems with toxic emissions from a Portland glassmaker, the agency started receiving a string of complaints about the artistic glass manufacturer, records show.