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.
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality staff expect to lose more than 30 people in the agency’s core programs because of President Trump’s cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency budget.
Newly obtained documents show how much Republican Doug Ericksen was paid for working for the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency while holding a seat in the Washington Legislature.
Lawmakers in Oregon are once again pushing bills to increase the state’s oversight of oil trains, ten months after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire in the Columbia River Gorge.
Oregon’s backlog of expired water quality permits is among the worst in the country, meaning the state has allowed pollution discharges at levels that may violate current clean-water standards.
Environmental groups are pressuring Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Board of Forestry to find new leadership on forestry issues and increase protections for coastal drinking water.
Climate change | Energy | Air | Sustainability | EnvironmentOPB/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland
Reducing carbon emissions in Oregon could be achieved through an approach known as cap and trade with little impact on the state’s overall economy, according to a new study.
Richard Whitman, a former policy advisor to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, will remain director of Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality.
A temporary freeze on grants and a halt on communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has left Northwest tribes, state agencies and nonprofits uncertain about the future.
Water | Energy | Transportation | EnvironmentOPB/EarthFix | Jan. 24, 2017 3:30 p.m. | Portland
Democrats in the Washington Legislature are looking to bolster the state’s oil spill prevention efforts.
Water | Energy | Transportation | EnvironmentOPB/EarthFix | Jan. 19, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Portland
In the final three months of 2016, railroads hauled 618 million gallons of oil through Washington. That means more than 1,500 rail cars every week hauling flammable crude oil through the state.
New research shows Dungeness crab fisheries could suffer as the Pacific Ocean grows more acidic.
Water | Land use | Forestry | EnvironmentOPB/EarthFix | Jan. 6, 2017 12:24 a.m. | Portland
Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality wrote a report that identified logging as a contributor to known risks for drinking water quality in communities up and down the Oregon coast. But the report has never been published.
Economy | News | Business | local | EnvironmentOPB | Dec. 23, 2016 10:12 a.m. | Portland
The Federal Railroad Administration is requiring Union Pacific railroad to increase its inspections and the quality of its track maintenance.
A Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputy was seen shouting at voters from a marked car on Election Day.
A Multnomah County judge has dismissed a case against seven protesters arrested during a Gresham City Council meeting earlier this year.
Politics | Election | News | Election 2016OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 9:56 a.m.
Election officials in the Northwest say voter turnout this year could break records.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife is looking for an $80 million budget increase to fulfill its mission. Past efforts to generate money outside of hunting and fishing fees have failed.