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Cassandra Profita


Cassandra Profita is a reporter for EarthFix,an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger.

She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.

Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.

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Recent Articles

Science | Fish & Wildlife | Health | Environment | local

Scientists Study ‘Singing Fish’ For Ways To Improve Human Hearing

Researchers in Washington are studying a fish that nests under rocks and sings at night to attract its mates. They say the ears of these singing fish could teach us how to improve our own hearing.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

A Baby Boom Is Helping West Coast Starfish Recover After Die-Off

Scientists say starfish populations are recovering from a devastating die-off with help from a massive baby boom.

Environment | Air

Report Examines Options For Cleaner Air In The Portland Metro Area

A new report examines a variety of ways the Portland metropolitan area can reduce toxic air pollution.

Water | Health | Environment | News | local

Salem Tests A New Way To Remove Toxins From Drinking Water

An ongoing drinking water advisory in Salem has the city looking at options for removing harmful algae bloom toxins at its water treatment plant.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | local

Lawsuit Aims To Protect Salmon From Logging On Oregon State Forests

A lawsuit filed Wednesday argues the Oregon Department of Forestry is hurting protected coho salmon with its logging practices on state forests.

Sustainability | Environment | News | local

This Is Why A Lot Of Our Recycling Is Going To Landfills

New restrictions on shipping recyclables to China are forcing the Northwest to rethink what belongs in our recycling bins.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | local

Oregon Reverses Course On Increasing Protections For An Imperiled Seabird

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission decided Thursday not to elevate the status of the marbled murrelet from a "threatened" species to "endangered."

local | Environment | News | Forestry

You Thought The Eagle Creek Fire Was Out? Think Again.

You probably thought the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge had died out — but no. A small hot spot flared up early Tuesday morning.

Energy | Transportation | Environment | News | local

Oregon Cuts 1 Million Tons Of Carbon Pollution From Its Fuel Supply

Gas prices are up this Memorial Day weekend, but in Oregon the carbon emissions per gallon of fuel are down, according to a new report.

Water | Climate change | Environment | News | local

A Warming Planet Could Turn Streams Into Carbon Polluters: Study

A new study has found that warmer streams and rivers could actually contribute to climate change by releasing more carbon dioxide into the air.

Energy | Climate change | Environment | Sustainability

My House Could Help Portland Meet Its Climate Goals, But It'll Cost Me

Portland's new home energy score mandate could cut the city’s carbon footprint. But its success depends on homeowners like me.

Environment | Air

Oregon To Replace 450 Old Diesel School Buses

The state of Oregon will pay to replace 450 old diesel school buses using some of the $72.9 million dollars it expects to receive through the Volkswagen emissions cheating court settlement.

Environment | Sustainability

The Refillable Beer Bottle Is Making A Comeback In Oregon

In July, seven Oregon craft breweries will start selling beer in reusable glass bottles in the country’s first statewide refillable beer bottle program.

Environment | Land use

Forest Service Says Disaster Funding Bill Will Help Fight Wildfires This Year

The U.S. Forest Service says it will have more money to fight wildfires and more tools to prevent them thanks to the new wildfire funding bill Congress recently approved.

Fish & Wildlife | Water | Environment | News | local

Portland’s Toxic Harbor Cleanup Enters The Who-Pays-For-What Phase

The Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup has entered a new phase where responsible parties will settle their disputes over who will pay to clean up what portion of the pollution in the river.

local | Environment | News | Forestry

Some Trails Closed By Eagle Creek Fire To Reopen This Summer

The trail to Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls will be the first to reopen early this summer. Several more will reopen later this summer. But officials advised caution will still be necessary.

local | Business | Environment | News | Energy

California Company Buys Oregon-Based SolarWorld Americas

California-based SunPower has purchased solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld Americas and plans to invest in the Hillsboro solar manufacturing plant.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Conservation Groups Call For A Ban On Trapping Rare Martens

Conservation groups filed a petition Wednesday asking the state of Oregon to ban the trapping of Humboldt martens in coastal forests.

Energy | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

This Theme Park's Replica Mini-Dams Are Attracting Northwest Scientists To Mississippi

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepared for its biggest-ever planned spill of water over dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers by testing out options on a set of mini dams in Mississippi.

Politics | Climate change | Environment | News | local

Oregon Climate Policy Could Get Another Chance Next Year

Supporters of Oregon’s cap and trade bill say their plan isn’t dead yet – even though lawmakers failed to pass it this session.