Investigative and Data Reporter, OPB/EarthFix
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.
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.
Increased carbon emissions are putting Puget Sound Dungeness crabs at risk, according to new research from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.
Pacific Ocean | Agriculture | Science | Fish & Wildlife | Sustainability | Water | Air | Food | EnvironmentOPB/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.
Technology | Sustainability | Communities | Land | Environment | The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic WasteOPB | 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.
EarthFix found clean air agencies in Washington take more steps to resolve air and odor complaints than Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.
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.
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.
Animals | Land use | Environment | LandOPB/EarthFix | March 17, 2016 11 a.m.
What's at stake with America's lagging enforcement of grazing rules – explained in one minute.
Seven plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against Bullseye Glass, a Southeast Portland manufacturer accused of emitting unhealthy levels of toxic heavy metals.
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.
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.
Environmental policies that accompany federal grazing contracts have frustrated many ranchers. But those same policies have been loosely implemented – to the detriment of the landscape, wildlife and, in many cases, ranchers themselves.
Port of Longview commissioners vote unanimously to end talks with an energy company that wants to build the first oil refinery on the West Coast in more than 25 years.
The final occupants of the Malheur National Wildlife refuge have been indicted, along with more than 20 others, on a charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States.
The backers of a failed biofuels project have proposed a $1.25 billion refinery and propane terminal at the Port of Longview on the Washington side of the lower Columbia River.
Transportation | Water | Environment | EnergyOPB | Jan. 29, 2016 10:15 a.m. | Portland
Five different crude-by-rail projects have been proposed in Washington, including what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver. While the backers of such projects have said current declines won’t affect their plans, some existing operators in Oregon have not fared well in the current market.
Quite a bit has been said about what a deep discount ranchers are getting to graze their livestock on public lands - and how the U.S. taxpayer is essentially subsidizing those who do. But as often is the case, the truth isn’t so cut and dry.
Experts say better data on ecosystem health would be a step to restoring trust between federal agencies and the ranchers and who lease public land.