Investigative and Data Reporter, OPB/EarthFix
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.
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.
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.
A year before 16 of its oil tanker cars derailed and caused a fire, a spill and an evacuation order in the Columbia River Gorge, Union Pacific lobbied against stronger oversight of oil trains moving through the Northwest. The railroad industry lost in Washington. But in Oregon, it won.
Environment | News | Transportation | Land | Air | Water | local | Oil Trains In The NorthwestOPB | June 7, 2016 7:08 p.m.
Railroad industry experts are questioning the early explanation from Union Pacific for why its oil train crashed in Mosier, Ore.
Environment | Energy | News | Transportation | Air | Water | local | Oil Trains In The NorthwestOPB | June 7, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Union Pacific has not stopped moving hazardous and flammable materials through Mosier — including tanker cars of liquefied petroleum gases like propane or butane.
Health | Forestry | Agriculture | EnvironmentEarthFix | May 27, 2016 7 p.m. | Portland
There’s a new complaint about exposure from a helicopter spraying weed killer on Oregon forestland. This time, it's from a fellow timber grower and former member of the Oregon Board of Forestry.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, seeking comment on its latest budget proposal, drew hard questions from conservationists Thursday night in Portland.
A federal jury in Seattle has awarded a former BNSF Railway worker, and whistleblower, more than $1.6 million in a case involving brake inspections for tank cars.
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.
Increased carbon emissions are putting Puget Sound Dungeness crabs at risk, according to new research from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.
Environment | Sustainability | Food | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Air | Science | Water | AgricultureOPB/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.
Communities | Technology | Land | Environment | Sustainability | The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic WasteOPB | 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.
EarthFix found clean air agencies in Washington take more steps to resolve air and odor complaints than Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.
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.
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.
Animals | Land use | Land | EnvironmentOPB/EarthFix | March 17, 2016 11 a.m.
What's at stake with America's lagging enforcement of grazing rules – explained in one minute.
Seven plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against Bullseye Glass, a Southeast Portland manufacturer accused of emitting unhealthy levels of toxic heavy metals.
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.
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.