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David Steves

David Steves is an editor with OPB's Science & Environment unit. Previously he was the founding editor of EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. During its run from 2011-18, EarthFix and its journalists won a variety of honors for their radio, television and digital journalism, including Emmy, RTNDA/Murrow, Society of Professional Journalists, Online News Association, Society of Environmental Journalists and American Association for the Advancement of Science awards.

David previously worked as state capital bureau chief for the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene. Before that, David worked at the Statesman Journal as a reporter, editor and columnist in Salem.

David earned a bachelor's degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

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Recent Articles

Land use | NW Life | local | News | Recreation | Health

Oregon Ski Areas Cease Operations, Reversing Plans To Keep Slopes Open During Coronavirus

Oregon ski areas planning to stay open have decided to cease operations starting Sunday and continuing for a week in response to the rapidly escalating coronavirus pandemic.

Nation | Communities | Health | World | News

Oregon's Healthcare System Braces For The Coronavirus Surge

Oregon's healthcare system is ill-prepared for the thousands of patients who could need hospital care as the coronavirus gets worse, clinicians and experts warn.

Energy | local | Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife

Appeals Court Orders More Action To Protect Salmon, Steelhead In Columbia Basin

A federal appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must do more to protect Columbia basin salmon and steelhead from dangerously warm river temperatures.

Energy | local | Business | News | Environment

Kalama Methanol Plant Permitting Halted For Additional Environmental Review

The proposed methanol plant in Kalama, Washington, hit a new roadblock after Washington regulators said the environmental review did not adequately assess its greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy | Environment | News | local

Proposed Longview Coal Terminal Dealt A Blow By Appeals Court

A coal company has been dealt another legal blow in its attempt to build an export terminal on the lower Columbia River.

Land use | local | Land | Communities | News | Environment

Columbia River Gorge Commission Rejects Mining Operation Within Scenic Area

A two-state commission has reversed a Clark County decision to allow rock crushing and other mining activity within the western edge of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Energy | local | Business | News | Environment

A Northwest Utility Considers Early Retirement For Some Coal Operations

An energy company with hundreds of thousands of Oregon and Washington customers is considering the early retirement of some of its coal-burning operations.

Recreation | local | Flora and Fauna | News | Forestry | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Sustainability

Increased Protections Sought For Coho Salmon In Oregon Coastal Rivers

Twenty environmental groups are calling on Oregon to protect imperiled coho salmon with more restrictions on logging and roadbuilding in coastal forests.

local | World | Environment | News | Sustainability

Undercover Investigators Find Oregon Link To Illegal Rainforest Logging

An environmental watchdog's four-year investigation into illegal logging in west-Central Africa leads a report that's critical of the role Northwest businesses have played in the global supply chain.

Politics | Climate change | World | News | local | Nation | Communities | History | Air | Environment

Big Crowd Turns Out In Portland For Youth Climate Action Rally

Portland students joined the worldwide demonstration Friday to call on leaders to do something about climate change.

local | Climate change | Environment | News

Want Proof Climate Change Is Here? Look At Oregon In 2018, Report Says

Climate change is playing out in significant ways in Oregon in the form of more severe wildfires, lower summer stream flows and diminishing winter snowpacks.

local | Politics | Environment | News | Forestry

Wildfire Risks Grow As Government Shutdown Lingers, Senators Warn

The partial government shutdown is elevating the threat of wildfires in the West. That’s the contention of a dozen Democratic U.S. senators.

Animals | local | Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Trapping Ban Considered For Imperiled Marten

The Humboldt marten is in line to get new protections in Oregon as the state considers a trapping ban.

Science | local | Energy | Flora and Fauna | Sustainability | News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Economy

Dam Agreement Aims To Help More Salmon Survive Columbia River Journey

A new agreement aims to help more young salmon make their way past dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

local | Environment | News | Water

Federal Judge Orders Stronger Cold-Water Fish Protections In Oregon Rivers

A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite its pollution cleanup plans for Oregon rivers.

local | Environment | News | Water

Court Orders Oregon DEQ Action On Expired Water Quality Permits

A court order will require the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to start issuing water pollution permits for older ones that have expired, known as "zombie permits."

Science | Politics | Land | local | News | Forestry | Environment | Sustainability

Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

West Coast Senators Add Voices To Request For Salmon Disaster Declaration

Four West Coast senators are calling on the Trump administration to declare a salmon fishery emergency and provide aid to economically struggling coastal communities.

Energy | Environment

BPA Cancels Controversial Transmission Line In SW Washington

A controversial high-voltage transmission line running from East Multnomah County to Southwest Washington has been canceled.

Nation | Energy | NW Life | Environment | News

Washington Supreme Court Orders Environmental Review For Coastal Oil Terminals

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that two proposed oil and gas terminal projects in Grays Harbor cannot go forward without further environmental review.