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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

local | Nation | News | Politics | Environment | 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.

Communities | Environment | Land | Climate change | 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.  

Communities | Environment | Climate change | Science

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 | local | News

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

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.

News | Politics

'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 | local | News

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.

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

Environment | Land use | News | 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.  

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

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

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 | Forestry | News

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 | Environment | Renewable energy | Sustainability | Land use

Wooden High-Rise Project In Downtown Portland On Hold

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

local | Nation | News | Environment | Science | 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.

Environment | local | 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.  

Environment | local | Nation | 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.  

Environment | local | 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.

local | Nation | News | Education | 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.