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.
Environment | Transportation | Water | EnergyOPB/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.
Forestry | Environment | Land use | WaterOPB/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 | Business | Environment | local | NewsOPB | 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.
News | Election | Politics | 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.
An EarthFix analysis reveals efforts to preserve nongame wildlife have repeatedly faltered at Oregon Fish and Wildlife, in part because management let its conservation program fall into disarray.
Oregon’s wildlife agency has cut conservation programs and neglected sensitive species to the point that biologist worry some will go extinct within Oregon’s borders before the agency ever realizes.
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe has stepped up its opposition to a proposed coal terminal in Longview, Washington, saying state and federal officials have underestimated the environmental risks and ignored the tribe.
The company backing a proposed coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River announces it is leaving the project and instead is exporting coal to South Korea through a terminal Canada.
Federal land managers have made little progress in recovering damaged rangelands across the West and in clearing the many backlogged acres that have never been studied for ecological health.
While health officials are working to reduce exposure after waves of concern about lead in drinking water and industrial emissions, many say the lack of protections for home demolitions are a gap in regulations.
Openings on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission have sport fishing groups eyeing an opportunity to gain a voice while some environmental groups worry they’ll lose one.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife has unveiled the first update in 10 years to its species conservation strategy.