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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

Environment | Forestry | Sustainability | Land | Communities | NW Life | local

Help Us Understand Logging And Timber Practices Across Oregon

Logging shapes the state’s economy and environment. ProPublica, OPB and The Oregonian are teaming up to report on the issues.

Forestry | News | Business | Environment | local

Oregon Lawyers In $1.4 Billion Timber Lawsuit Make Their Final Case To Jury

Lawyers gave their closing arguments Tuesday in a trial that could influence how Oregon state forests are managed going forward.

News | Business | Environment | local | Politics

Oregon House Passes Oil Train Safety Regulations

After three failed attempts, Oregon lawmakers appear poised to pass a bill regulating the transport of oil by rail through the state.

Environment | Forestry | News | Land | Politics | local

Who's Following The Forest Practices Act? Oregon Can't Say For Sure.

Oregon spent five years and close to a million dollars to find out how many people and companies follow state logging rules — and came away with an answer that’s being called essentially worthless.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Approves New Plan For Gray Wolves

Oregon fish and wildlife commissioners approved a new management plan Friday for gray wolves, a long-awaited document that deals with how to respond, after wolf attacks on cattle and sheep.

Water | Environment | Energy | Communities | Land use

837 Acres At Clatskanie Port Remain Farmland, For Now

Columbia County’s plan to turn 837 acres of Oregon farmland into an industrial site along the Columbia River is headed back to the county for revisions — again.

News | Politics | Education | local | Nation

Congressional Hearing On Chemawa Lays Out Possible Fixes To 'Total Crisis'

"Total crisis" and "unconscionable" were among the words used to describe management of Oregon's Chemawa Indian School during a congressional hearing Thursday. 

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | News | Flora and Fauna | Politics | local

Gov. Kate Brown Thinks Wolves Need Endangered Species Protection, But Not In Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is distancing herself from one of her agency heads’ support for stripping away federal endangered species protections for gray wolves.

Agriculture | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Environmental Groups Get Big Game Hunter Spiked From Oregon Wildlife Commission

Oregon Senate’s majority Democrats have pulled a name from a list of five fish and wildlife commission nominees under consideration Wednesday at a Senate Rules Committee hearing. 

News | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife | Politics

Oregon Senate Weighs Controversial Fish And Wildlife Appointments

An Oregon Senate panel will vote on five nominees for the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission that the governor’s office is defending against criticism from the state’s environmental lobby.

News | Environment | NW Life | Animals

Oregon Wolf Population Increases, With Jump In Livestock Attacks

Oregon’s population of wolves increased by 10% last year. There are now 137 of them in the state, according the state’s annual report on wolf management released Monday.

News | Politics | local

Sheriffs Support Bill To Improve Jail Data Collection

Oregon sheriffs and lawmakers said Friday they support legislation that would require jails to provide more information about its in-custody populations.

Environment | News | Transportation | Energy | Politics | local

Tar Sands Crude Shipments Quietly Increased In Oregon, With Regulators In the Dark

Oregon's attempts to regulate a Portland-area oil terminal show how ill-informed and ill-prepared the state’s oil spill responders can be under the state’s current regulations for oil by rail.

News | Health | local

Booked And Buried: Northwest Jails' Mounting Death Toll

Incomplete data tracking hides a crisis of rising death rates in overburdened Northwest jails that have been set up to fail the inmates they are tasked with keeping safe.

News | Environment | Politics | local

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Ban On Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a set of bills that would restrict pesticide use in an attempt to protect both humans and the insects that pollinate our crops.

News | Environment | World | local | 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.

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

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.

Transportation | Environment | Climate change | Water | 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.

News | Environment | 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.

Environment | News | Health | local | Water | Science

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.