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.
News | Forestry | Environment | local
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
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 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
State agencies and advocates in the Northwest have been alarmed by federal environmental policy rollbacks that continue unabated by the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
News | Environment | Water
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
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
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
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
A $1 million court-ordered air pollution monitoring program is kicking into gear this month near the Bullseye Glass facility in southeast Portland.