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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

Land use | Business | News | Economy | local | Environment | Politics

How We Analyzed Data From Oregon’s Timber Industry

A data investigation by OPB, The Oregonian/OregonLive and ProPublica found that timber tax cuts have cost counties at least $3 billion in the past three decades. Here’s how we did our analysis.

Environment | Land | Business | News | Economy | local | Sustainability | Forestry | Politics

Big Money Bought Oregon's Forests. Small Timber Communities Are Paying The Price.

Wall Street investment funds took control of Oregon’s private forests. Now, wealthy timber corporations reap the benefits of tax cuts that have cost rural counties billions.

News | local | Health

Oregon Is Burning Through PPE, Putting Health Workers Treating COVID-19 At Risk

Oregon is one of many states that thought they had a federal response to fall back on, thought they had more time. By the time Oregon sought additional protective equipment for health care workers, the new coronavirus was at the doorstep.

News | local | Science | Health

Fear Grows As Protective Equipment Supplies Dwindle For Oregon Health Care Workers

Oregon is burning through its caches of surgical masks, gowns, face shields and gloves so fast that some hospitals and clinics have just a few days' worth of them left.

News | Environment | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now': A Historic Compromise For Forest Management

Oregon environmentalists and the timber industry have reached a historic compromise over how forests are managed. But not everyone is happy.

Environment | Politics | Business | News | local | Forestry

Environmentalists And Timber Industry Reach Agreement On Forests, Avoiding Oregon Ballot Fights

The surprise deal, hammered out in just two weeks, could lead to the most significant changes to state forestry policies in decades.

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

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 | Environment | Business | 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 | Environment | Politics | Business | local

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 | Land | Politics | News | local | Forestry

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.

Energy | Environment | Communities | Land use | Water

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.

Education | News | Nation | Politics | local

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. 

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

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.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Agriculture

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 | Politics | Fish & Wildlife | local

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.

NW Life | News | Environment | 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.

Energy | Politics | Transportation | News | local | Environment

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 | local | Health

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.