Cassandra Profita is a reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.
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 and as part of the EarthFix public media collaboration that covered the environment for the Pacific Northwest.
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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering two companies, Schnitzer Steel and Evraz Inc., to do their part in the Portland Harbor Superfund Site cleanup on the Willamette River.
A new shipment of COVID-19 test-kit swabs, combined with new testing capacity at Oregon hospitals, will allow thousands of additional tests to be performed across the state in the next few days.
Oregon’s capacity to test for COVID-19 is ramping up. Providence Health & Services announced they’ve received supplies to begin testing for the disease. And the state announced a new testing contract.
Every suspected coronavirus case must be tested, the World Health Organization says. But shortages of tests in Oregon and the rest of the United States are undermining efforts to stop the spread.
Environment | News | Water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces eight new agreements with parties responsible for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
Environment | News | Forestry | local
Two highly consequential forestry bills were left stranded when the Oregon Legislature ended its session early on Thursday.
News | local | Transportation | Climate change | Environment | Energy | Politics | Economy | Business
Oregon lawmakers may not get to vote this session on a controversial climate bill, but some companies are gearing up to burn fewer fossil fuels regardless.
News | Environment | Water | Animals | local | Fish & Wildlife | Recreation
Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say wake sports that create large waves on the Willamette River could pose a serious risk to threatened salmon and steelhead.
Environment | Air | News | local
A $1 million court-ordered air pollution monitoring program is kicking into gear this month near the Bullseye Glass facility in southeast Portland.
A new study finds ocean acidification is already affecting young Dungeness crab off the West Coast. But so far, it’s unclear what that means for Oregon’s most valuable fishery.
News | Technology | Environment | Family | Climate change | local | Renewable energy | Energy
As Oregon's grid reaches its capacity to accept solar power in some parts of the state, rooftop solar customers are getting stuck with the bill for expensive upgrades.
Environment | News | Forestry | NW Life
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is calling for a major expansion in the state’s wildfire response plans in a new legislative concept lawmakers heard on Tuesday.
A Trump administration plan to scale back a bedrock environmental law could affect all kinds of projects in the Northwest, including timber sales, hydroelectric dams, and large energy developments.
The new year brings new protections for corals and sponges that live on the seafloor off the West Coast.