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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

Health | Food | Environment | Agriculture | 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. 

Communities | Air | Environment

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.  

Transportation | Energy | Water | Environment | Land

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.
Transportation | Energy | 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.  

Forestry | Environment | Agriculture

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.

Forestry | Environment | Agriculture

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.  

Transportation | Energy | local | Environment | News | 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.

Energy | local | Environment | News | 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.

Transportation | Environment | 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.