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Cassandra Profita

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.

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Recent Articles

News | Environment | Business | Transportation | local

West Coast Gears Up For Electric Big Rigs

Some of the first electric semis to hit the highways are being built at the Daimler Trucks North America headquarters in Portland. A new mandate from California aims to rev up production.

News | Forestry | Environment | local

Oregon Prepares To Fight Wildfire During Coronavirus Pandemic

One thing that isn’t being canceled this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic is wildfire season, so training for wildland firefighters has changed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Environment | Nation | Energy

Trump Environmental Rollbacks Roll On Despite Pandemic. Opponents Cry Foul

The Trump administration is rushing to finalize some of its biggest environmental rollbacks ahead of November's election. Some affected groups say they're too distracted by the pandemic to engage.

Air | News | World | Environment

Oregon And Washington Join Multi-State Lawsuit Over Federal Fuel Emissions Rollback

Oregon and Washington have joined 26 states and cities in suing the Trump administration over a new rule that weakens emission standards for cars and trucks.

News | Environment | Health | local

Federal Environmental Policies During Pandemic Raise Concerns Across Northwest

State agencies and advocates in the Northwest have been alarmed by federal environmental policy rollbacks that continue unabated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Air | News | Environment | Health | local

Study: More People Of Color Live Near Portland’s Biggest Air Polluters

New research shows people of color are more likely to live near Portland’s biggest sources of industrial air pollution. That raises new concerns as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Air | Environment

Portland Air Pollution Drops Along With I-5 Traffic

The Portland metro area is seeing dramatic reductions in highway traffic and traffic-related air pollution as the coronavirus pandemic keeps people off the roads.

Economy | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Restaurant Closures Put Oregon Seafood Industry In Limbo

The coronavirus pandemic has sent shock waves through Oregon's $700 million seafood industry as mandatory restaurant closures have cut off a vital market and sent prices plummeting. 

News | Land | Environment | History | local

Trump Administration Finalizes Rangeland Wildfire Plan

The Trump administration has finalized a plan to construct up to 11,000 miles of fuel breaks to control wildfire on federal land in six Western states, including Oregon. 

Environment | Water

EPA Sends Enforcement Orders For Portland Harbor Superfund Site

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.

News | Health | local

Surge In Oregon's COVID-19 Testing Capacity Expected This Week

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.

local | Food | Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife

Coronavirus Restaurant Closures Upend Oregon Seafood Industry

Oregon's seafood industry is losing a major market as dining rooms across the country close to reduce the spread of coronavirus. 

News | Health | Science | local

Oregon's COVID-19 Testing Capacity Starts Ramping Up

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.

News | Health | local

Coronavirus Test Shortages Are Undermining Oregon's Response

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.

News | Environment | Business | Water | local

Companies Challenge Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup Plan

In a petition submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week, four companies challenged the agency’s cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

News | Environment | Water

New Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup Agreements Secured By EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces eight new agreements with parties responsible for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

News | Forestry | Environment | local

2 Key Forestry Bills Left In The Wreckage Of Oregon Legislative Session

Two highly consequential forestry bills were left stranded when the Oregon Legislature ended its session early on Thursday.

News | Business | Transportation | Economy | Environment | Energy | Politics | Climate change | local

With Oregon Climate Action Stalled In Salem, Some Businesses Look Beyond Cap And Trade

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 | Water | Animals | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | Recreation

Feds Say Willamette River Wake Surfing Could Harm Salmon

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.

Air | News | Environment | local

Portland Is Getting 6 New Air Pollution Testing Stations Near Bullseye Glass

A $1 million court-ordered air pollution monitoring program is kicking into gear this month near the Bullseye Glass facility in southeast Portland.