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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

Environment | Climate change | Sustainability | Energy | Air

Oregon DEQ Says Cap And Trade Could Reduce Carbon Emissions At Lower Costs

OPB/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.


Former Governor's Adviser Whitman Selected To Head Oregon DEQ

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 14, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Richard Whitman, a former policy advisor to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, will remain director of Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality.    

Environment | Science

Trump's EPA Moves Create Uncertainty For Future Of Northwest Environmental Work

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 27, 2017 4:25 p.m. | Portland

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.  

Environment | Water | Transportation | Energy

Washington Lawmakers Want To Fix $4M Shortfall In Oil Spill Prevention Budget

OPB/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.  

Environment | Water | Transportation | Energy

Report Shows 1,500 Oil Train Cars Per Week Through Washington

OPB/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.  


Dungeness Crab Vulnerable To Ocean Acidification in Unexpected Ways, Study Finds

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 13, 2017 4:03 p.m. | Portland

New research shows Dungeness crab fisheries could suffer as the Pacific Ocean grows more acidic.  

Environment | local | Water | News | Energy

West Coast Lawmakers Seek Ban On Offshore Drilling

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 6, 2017 3:08 p.m.

Groups of democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to permanently ban offshore drilling along the West Coast.

Environment | Land use | Water | Forestry

After Pushback, Oregon Scraps Report Linking Private Forests To Water Quality Risks

OPB/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.  

Environment | local | Economy | News | Business

Following Oil Train Derailment, Feds Tell Union Pacific To Improve Track Inspections

OPB | 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. 

Communities | Environment | News | Land use | local | Science | Fish & Wildlife | Health | Land | Forestry | Water | History | Air

Battle Ready

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon

The secret history of the U.S. military’s environmental legacy in the Northwest.

Election 2016

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Shouted 'Vote Trump' Over PA System

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 3:37 p.m.

A Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputy was seen shouting at voters from a marked car on Election Day.

Judge Drops Case Against Arrested Advocates For Gresham Homeless

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 3:18 p.m.

A Multnomah County judge has dismissed a case against seven protesters arrested during a Gresham City Council meeting earlier this year.  

Election | News | Politics | Election 2016

Record-Breaking Voter Turnout Expected In Northwest

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 9:56 a.m.

Election officials in the Northwest say voter turnout this year could break records.  

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Forestry

Wildlife Neglected: To Fund Conservation, Oregon Hopes To Succeed Where Past Efforts Failed

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 3, 2016 4:30 p.m.

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.  

Oregon Field Guide

Who's Watching Oregon's Wildlife

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 8:30 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has a mission to protect all species in the state. But even by its own admission … it’s failing 

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna

Wildlife Neglected: Lacking Support, Conservation Falters At Oregon Fish and Wildlife

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 3, 2016 7 a.m. | Redmond, Oregon

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.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | News | Flora and Fauna

Wildlife Neglected: How Oregon Lost Track Of Species It’s Supposed To Protect

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 2, 2016 8:45 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

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.

Environment | Energy | 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.  

Environment | Transportation | Energy

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. 

Environment | Agriculture

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.