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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

Rail Incidents and Accidents Since 2006

OPB | July 27, 2016 8:58 a.m.

Railroad Hazmat Incidents Since 1976

OPB | July 26, 2016 10:45 p.m.
Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Union Pacific Stands Out For Track-Caused Derailments But Not Oil Spills

OPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Portland

Federal officials placed the blame for this summer's fiery derailment in Mosier with Union Pacific Railroad. EarthFix analyzed federal data to put the railroad's safety record into context.

Groundwater Contamination in Mosier

OPB | July 19, 2016 3:25 p.m.
Environment | Transportation | Energy | Oil Trains In The Northwest

A Month After Mosier Derailment, New Rules To Improve Safety Of Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | July 13, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Portland

In response to the Mosier oil train derailment, Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced their second bill tackling oil train safety.  

Agriculture | Environment | Forestry

Investigators Find No Evidence Of Chemical Drift In Forest Spray Complaint

OPB/EarthFix | July 8, 2016 4:45 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it found no evidence of chemical drift after responding to an exposure complaint from a former member of Oregon’s Board of Forestry.  

Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Why Feds Chose Not To Investigate Oil Train Derailment In Columbia Gorge

OPB/EarthFix | July 7, 2016 4:45 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it did not investigate last month’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge because it was unlikely to glean any new safety recommendations.

Agriculture | Environment | Forestry

Oregon Judge Orders $50,000 In Fines, License Suspension For Pesticide Sprayer

OPB/EarthFix | July 7, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

An Oregon judge has ordered more than $50,000 in fines and a one-year license suspension for a pesticide spraying company that violated worker protection laws and disregarded a stop-spraying order.  

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

How Inspectors Missed Broken Bolts That Caused An Oil Train Derailment

OPB/EarthFix | July 6, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Mosier, Oregon

Simple steps could have prevented the fiery derailment. Had inspectors walked the stretch of track in the weeks or months prior, they might have spotted the broken bolts, but no one did.

Environment | local | News | Energy | 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.

Environment | Transportation | 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.

Environment | Water | Transportation | Energy | 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.

local | Air | Environment | Land | Water | Transportation | News | 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.  

local | Air | Environment | Water | Transportation | News | Energy | 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.

Agriculture | Environment | Forestry | Health

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.  

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

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.  

Environment | Transportation | Energy

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.

Environment | Technology | Business | 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.