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Investigative and Data Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Tony Schick


Tony Schick is an investigative and data reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Tony previously worked as the web editor for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a journalism nonprofit based in Columbia, Missouri. He has worked as a freelance reporter and researcher since 2007.

He has undergraduate degrees in journalism and sociology from Gonzaga University, where he spent enough time after hours in the student newsroom that he and his wife named their dog, Myron, after the building’s beloved overnight custodian. He received his master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. 

Tony is a native of Portland.

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Recent Articles

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

Forest Service Chief Talks Need For New Fire Management, Fuel Treatments

As part of its ongoing wildfire series, EarthFix spoke with interim Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen about what her agency is doing to reform fire management and reverse the fire problem. 

Environment | Sustainability | News | Communities | Land use | Land | Air | local | Politics

Efforts To Reduce Wildfire Risk Fall Short, Buck Science

The West is way behind on reducing the buildup of hazardous fuels we created. And much of the work we do to reduce those fuels is missing the key ingredient: fire.

local | Land use | Land | News | Forestry

Substation Fire Q&A: How Investigators Determine Wildfire Cause

The cause of the investigation remains under investigation. Here’s what we know about it and how wildland fire investigations happen.  

Communities | Land use | Environment | Sustainability | Renewable energy

Wooden High-Rise Project In Downtown Portland On Hold

Plans for a wooden high-rise in downtown Portland are no more.  

Environment | Nation | News | Science | local | Forestry

Can 'Moneyball' Fix How The West Manages Wildfire?

The U.S. Forest Service and others have been saying for decades that we need to allow more wildfire on the landscape. But so far, we haven't practiced what we preach.

local | Environment | News

Documents Show Value Of Recreation At Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show a large economic output for recreation on Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument lands. They show little else.  

Nation | local | Environment | News

A Big Wildfire Season And A Summer Of Drought Await The Northwest

Federal officials anticipate a big fire season in the Northwest throughout July, August and possibly into September.  

local | Environment | News

Oregon Approves Killing Of Eastern Oregon Wolf

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is permitting an Eastern Oregon rancher to kill one wolf from a pack that’s been injuring his cattle.

Nation | local | Education | News | Chemawa Indian School

Oregon Delegation Expands Inquiry Into Chemawa Indian School

Democrats from Oregon’s congressional delegation are turning up the heat on federal officials responsible for Chemawa Indian School.

Land | Environment | News | Forestry

Senators Look To Expand Thinning Work In National Forests

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, would extend the Forest Service’s expiring Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.

local | Education | News | Chemawa Indian School

Oregon Lawmakers Promise Reforms For Chemawa Indian School

Lawmakers and tribal representatives met with the federal school's leadership and emerged with both immediate and long-range plans to overhaul the Salem boarding school.

Environment | Energy | News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Politics

Bill Protecting Lower Snake River Dams Passes US House

The House approved a bill Wednesday that would circumvent a federal judge’s order for dams on the lower Snake River to spill more water and protect current dam operations through the next four years.  

Communities | Land use | Environment | News | local

Making Homes Resistant To Wildfire May Be Cheaper Than We Thought

Homes mixed in with forests are a big complication for managing wildfires. But experts say keeping those homes from burning could be cheaper and simpler than previously thought.

local | Environment | News | Recreation

Bike Park On Mount Hood Moves Forward After Lawsuit Dismissal

Timberline Lodge says it is moving forward with construction of a mountain bike park on Mount Hood.

Energy | Environment | Sustainability | Renewable energy

Some Solar Customers Left Behind After Oregon Deadline Passes

Some of Oregon’s solar customers are going to miss out on thousands of dollars in savings, thanks to the expiration last weekend  of Oregon’s solar tax credit.

Energy | Climate change | Environment | News

Canadian Crude Oil Is Going By Rail To Portland Before Shipping Off To Asia

Canadian oil has found a new route to Asia: It’s moving by rail through Washington to a shipping terminal in Portland.

Energy | Business | Sustainability | Environment

This Solar Startup Spent Big, Then Left Customers In Limbo

Legend Solar was a rising star in the green energy industry. But now, customers say the company took money for solar panels that were never delivered. 

History | Nation | News | Communities | Education | Teachers | local | Health | Chemawa Indian School

Congress Presses BIE Director For Answers On Chemawa, Native Education

Oregon’s federal boarding school for Native Americans drew further scrutiny Wednesday at a hearing on Capitol Hill.