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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

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.  

Water | Sustainability | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

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.

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

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.

Technology | Sustainability | Communities | Land | Environment | 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.  

Air | Communities | Environment

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.

Air | Communities | Environment | 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.  

Air | Environment

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.  

Health | News | Environment | local

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 | Environment | Land

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 | Air | News | Environment | 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.

Air | Environment | 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.

Air | Environment | 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.  

Agriculture | Land use | Environment | Land | Fish & Wildlife

Backlog Grows For Rangelands Awaiting Environmental Health Checkup

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 29, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

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.

Environment | Water | Climate change | Renewable energy | Energy

Port of Longview Rejects Plan For Refinery, Propane Terminal

OPB | Feb. 23, 2016 11:30 a.m. | Longview, Washington

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.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

David Fry, Last Refuge Occupants Plead Not Guilty

OPB | Feb. 12, 2016 4:52 p.m.

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.

Environment | Energy

Businessmen Who Abandoned Toxic Mess Now Want To Build Refinery In Washington

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 2, 2016 12:38 p.m.

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 | Energy

Low Oil Prices Hurting Northwest Oil Terminals

OPB | 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.

Agriculture | Politics | News | Environment | Land | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Controversial Federal Grazing Fees Not A Great Deal For Anyone

OPB | Jan. 6, 2016 5:45 p.m.

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.  

Agriculture | Land use | Environment | Land | Fish & Wildlife | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Before Oregon's Armed Takeover, A Long-Brewing Dispute Over Rangeland Health

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 5, 2016 7:45 p.m. | Portland

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.

Agriculture | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon's Wolf Delisting Is Challenged In Court

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 30, 2015 9:45 a.m.

Oregon’s controversial decision to take gray wolves off the state’s endangered species list is headed to court.