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.
Oregon wildlife managers are trapping sea lions at Willamette Falls and trucking them out to the coast in an effort to protect a very fragile run of steelhead.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 Friday to elevate the marbled murrelet, a seabird that nests in older coastal forests, from a "threatened" species to "endangered."
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What happens to whales' health when we fill their habitat with noisy ship traffic?
The Trump administration has plans to reopen the Pacific Northwest to offshore oil and gas leasing, but is anyone actually looking to drill in the waters off the coasts of Oregon and Washington?
SolarWorld has new hope for its solar panel manufacturing business following President Donald Trump's decision to approve tariffs on imports.
A sea lion named Biff is one of a lucky few with new homes in zoos and aquariums after they were removed from the Columbia River to protect salmon.
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A federal judge has approved a plan to spill more water through dams in the Columbia River Basin this spring.
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The Trump administration announced a new plan Thursday that would allow offshore oil and gas drilling in the ocean off the Pacific Northwest coast.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the next big step in cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site: inking an agreement for how pollution levels will be tested.
At a hearing in Portland Wednesday, Oregon environmental regulators took questions and comments on the new statewide air pollution rules they’re proposing.
Northwest recycling companies are scrambling to find markets for our paper and plastic as China cracks down on waste imports.
The pickle-shaped sea creatures known as pyrosomes are rarely seen along the West Coast, but this year millions of them showed up. No one knows why they're here or how long they'll stay.
A trade panel is recommending tariffs to make Chinese solar panels so expensive that U.S. manufacturers like Oregon’s SolarWorld can compete. But could hurt the rest of the U.S. solar industry.
The U.S. solar industry is bracing for possible tariffs or quotas on imported solar panels. Such action could have very different consequences on different parts of the industry.
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to walk away from a water rights transfer tied to Nestle's proposed water bottling plant.