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Tony Schick


Tony Schick is an investigative and data reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.

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

Nation | local | Business | World | Flora and Fauna | Environment | News | Forestry

Feds Investigate Oregon Company's African Rainforest Hardwood Products

U.S. immigration says it’s investigating whether hardwood products made by Oregon-based Roseburg were illegally harvested from African rainforests before reaching consumers in stores like Home Depot.

Water | Climate change | Environment | Transportation | local

Environmentalists At Portland City Hall Protest Zenith Oil Terminal Expansion

Opponents of a Portland crude oil terminal gathered in front of City Hall Wednesday morning to protest its plans to bring more oil trains through the city.

Environment | News | local

20 Air Polluters Selected For Review Under 'Cleaner Air Oregon' Program

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality names the first 20 companies it is targeting for in-depth reviews under Cleaner Air Oregon, the state’s new program regulating toxic air emissions.

Science | local | Health | Water | Environment | News

Firefighting Foam Contaminated Northeast Portland Groundwater

An OPB investigation reveals firefighting foam that seeped into the groundwater in Northeast Portland now threatens to contaminate the Columbia River and a well field that supplies drinking water.

Environment | News | local

Petroleum Terminal Expands To Allow More Oil Trains Into Portland

A Portland petroleum terminal is significantly expanding its capacity to unload rail cars, a move that sets the stage to more than double the number of oil trains along the Willamette River.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | local

Mount Hood Wolf Found Dead Near Highway 26

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed to OPB that a young male wolf from the White River pack was found dead near Highway 26 in November.

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

Environmentalists Withdraw From 'Broken' Oregon Wolf Plan Negotiations

Environmental groups are withdrawing from an effort to update Oregon’s plan for managing gray wolves one day before a final meeting of stakeholders.

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

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.

Environment | News | local

A Toxic Pesticide Once Targeted For A Ban Was Probably Sprayed On Your Christmas Tree

The Trump administration decided not to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. Records show it continues to sicken people.

Nation | local | Politics | Environment | News | Forestry

The US Farm Bill Looks To Fight Wildfire

The House Agriculture Committee announced a tentative deal Nov. 29 on the massive federal farm bill. Final negotiations over the legislation have focused not on farms but on forests.

Land | Communities | Climate change | Environment | Forestry

Analysis Reveals Northwest Communities Most Threatened By Wildfire

A small number of Northwest communities have an outsized level of exposure to wildfire, according to data released by the Forest Service.  

Science | Communities | Climate change | Environment

Communities Of Color Are Most Vulnerable To Wildfire: Study

Racial and ethnic minority communities are far more vulnerable to wildfire than predominantly white communities, according to new research from the University of Washington and the Nature Conservancy.

Environment | News | local

How Fire Consumed The Forest Service Budget

With fire costs rising and forest revenues shrinking, the federal government created an industrial complex around wildfire. Then it failed to rein in spending.

local | Transportation | Economy | NW Life | Technology | Environment | News

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Safety Rules For Oil Trains

The Trump administration has finalized a roll back of Obama-era regulations for oil trains.

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Wildfire

Fires are getting bigger, fire season is lasting longer and it turns out the way we’ve been fighting fires for much of the last century was wrong.

Environment | News | local

Behind Wildfire Suppression, A Human Toll

The Forest Service says too many wildland firefighters are exposed to hazards on the fire line and that it must change its ways. Families like the Hammacks know the stakes all too well.

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

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?

News | Environment | Land use | local

Land Use Conflict Hangs Over Plan For Renewable Fuels Refinery On Columbia River

A proposal for a $1.1 billion renewable fuels refinery on the Columbia River could be held up by a dispute over land use zoning.  

Environment | local

Oregon Settles Lawsuit Over Stormwater Pollution

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality has settled a lawsuit that environmental groups filed over the state’s regulation of stormwater pollution.