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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 | Water

Military Airstrips Are Poisoning People's Wells

KUOW/EarthFix | June 20, 2017 5:40 p.m. | Coupeville, Washington

The military and its civilian neighbors are finding their wells are being poisoned by chemicals in firefighting foams used on airstrips.


Columbia River Methanol Plant Gets Approval On Two Washington Permits

OPB/EarthFix | June 8, 2017 4:05 p.m. | Portland

Washington state regulators approved two permits Thursday for a proposed plant that would make and export methanol along the Columbia River in Kalama.  

Environment | Politics

Washington Senator's Temporary Job Ends At EPA

OPB/EarthFix | May 25, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen has finished his temporary job for the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency.  

Oregon Ranchers Ask For Local Authority To Determine Wolf Kills

OPB/EarthFix | May 19, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon ranchers are once again asking the state to give local authorities final say over what's considered a wolf depredation.   

Environment | Air

Oregon Senate Confirms New Members of Environmental Quality Commission

OPB/EarthFix | May 2, 2017 3:08 p.m.

The Oregon Senate has confirmed three new members of the state’s Environmental Quality Commission.  

Business | Health | Environment

Oregon Lawmakers Look To Close Demolition Loophole For Lead Dust

OPB/EarthFix | April 9, 2017 10:40 a.m.

Oregon lawmakers are now hoping to help close a regulatory hole by giving cities and counties the authority to regulate the control of lead dust from home demolitions.  

Environment | Sustainability | Science

Oregon DEQ Hits Northwest’s Biggest Electronics Recycler With 6-Figure Fine

OPB/EarthFix | April 3, 2017 5:10 p.m.

Seattle-based Total Reclaim failed to label shipments of old electronics as hazardous waste.  

Environment | Politics

Ex-Environmental Commissioner Says Gov. Brown Fired Her Over Hiring Decision

OPB/EarthFix | March 30, 2017 5:25 p.m.

One of the three state commission members fired by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says they were dismissed because they went against her wishes with their choice to head the Department of Environmental Quality.

The Diesel You Breathe

OPB | March 24, 2017 9:03 a.m.

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.

Environment | Politics

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.  

Environment | Air | Sustainability | Energy | Climate change

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 | Energy | Water | Transportation

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 | Energy | Water | Transportation

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.