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 | Fish & Wildlife | Recreation | Animals | local | Water | Environment
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 | local | Environment
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 | Renewable energy | Family | local | Energy | Climate change | Environment
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.
News | Forestry | NW Life | Environment
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.
News | Science | Land use | Sustainability | local | Climate change | Forestry | Environment
A new study finds some Northwest forests have a lot of potential to capture carbon and offset climate change if they’re preserved and not logged.
News | local | Energy | Climate change | Environment | Politics
Environmentalists take credit for blocking fossil fuel developments across the Northwest, but opponents might have met their match with a new breed of projects shipping fuel by rail.
Chum salmon are spawning in the lower Columbia River right now, and a local conservation land trust has the perfect spot to watch them in action from the Vancouver riverbank.
local | News | Forestry | Environment
The Oregon Department of Forestry has released a draft of a new management plan for hundreds of thousands of acres of state forestland on the west side of the state.
Energy | News | local | Environment
On Wednesday, the Portland City Council moved a step closer to reapproving its 2016 ordinance banning the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.