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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


Oregon DEQ Prepares For Big Staff Cuts Under Trump

OPB/EarthFix | March 21, 2017 4:45 p.m.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality staff expect to lose more than 30 people in the agency’s core programs because of President Trump’s cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency budget.

Politics | Environment

Washington Lawmaker Has 6-Figure Salary In Trump Administration, Documents Show

OPB/EarthFix | March 16, 2017 5 p.m.

Newly obtained documents show how much Republican Doug Ericksen was paid for working for the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency while holding a seat in the Washington Legislature.

Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Fiery Oil Train Derailment In Columbia Gorge Prompts Safety Legislation

OPB/EarthFix | March 14, 2017 11:10 a.m.

Lawmakers in Oregon are once again pushing bills to increase the state’s oversight of oil trains, ten months after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire in the Columbia River Gorge.


Oregon Has The 2nd-Worst Water Quality Permit Backlog In The Country

OPB/EarthFix | March 8, 2017 5:10 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s backlog of expired water quality permits is among the worst in the country, meaning the state has allowed pollution discharges at levels that may violate current clean-water standards.    


Oregon Environmental Groups, Lawmakers Target Logging Rules

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 22, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Portland

Environmental groups are pressuring Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Board of Forestry to find new leadership on forestry issues and increase protections for coastal drinking water.  

Climate change | Energy | Air | Sustainability | Environment

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.    

Science | Environment

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.  

Water | Energy | Transportation | Environment

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.  

Water | Energy | Transportation | Environment

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.  

News | Water | Energy | local | Environment

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.

Water | Land use | Forestry | Environment

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.  

Economy | News | Business | local | Environment

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. 

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

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.  

Politics | Election | News | 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.  

Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | Environment

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