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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

Energy | Environment | Coal in the Northwest

Cowlitz Tribe Asserts Opposition To Longview Coal Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 21, 2016 11:21 a.m. | Portland

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.  

Energy | Transportation | Environment

Coal Company Backs Out Of Morrow Pacific, Ships Coal To Asia Through Canada

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 13, 2016 12:45 p.m. | Portland

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. 

Agriculture | Environment

Public Lands Damaged By Grazing Aren't Getting The Restoration They Need, Report Finds

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 6, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

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.

Health | Agriculture | Food | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Farmworker Groups Seek Ban On Pesticide

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Farmworker advocacy groups are pushing for a ban on a pesticide that can damage the nervous system. 

Air | Environment | Communities

With Few Rules For Home Demolitions, Threat Of Lead Dust Worries Neighbors

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 19, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Portland

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

A Fish And Wildlife Seat Up For Grabs, With High Stakes

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 2, 2016 3:30 p.m.

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.  

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Oregon Unveils New Strategy For Protecting Wildlife

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 2, 2016 2:58 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Fish and Wildlife has unveiled the first update in 10 years to its species conservation strategy.

Climate change | Transportation | Environment

New Washington Rules Require Railroads to Prove Oil Train Preparedness

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 2, 2016 11:30 a.m. | Portland

New rules are taking effect in Washington that require railroads to prove their readiness for an oil train spill.  

Energy | Transportation | Land | Environment | Water

Judge Upholds Permit Denial For Columbia River Coal Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 12, 2016 10:23 a.m. | Portland

An Oregon administrative judge upheld a 2014 decision by the Department of State Lands to reject a permit for a proposed coal terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River.

Timber Harvests on Oregon BLM Lands

OPB | Aug. 5, 2016 1:40 p.m.

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.
Energy | Transportation | Environment | 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 | Forestry | Environment

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 | Forestry | Environment

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.