Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Cassandra Profita

Cassandra Profita is a reporter for EarthFix,an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger.

She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.

Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.

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Recent Articles

Health | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon's New Air Pollution Rules Are Already Being Debated

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 19, 2017 6:40 p.m.

Oregon is proposing new air pollution rules that would set limits on the total health risk a polluter can pose to its neighbors.


Oregon's Congressional Push To Get EPA To Clean Up Polluted Portland Harbor

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 16, 2017 5 p.m.

Oregon’s Congressional delegation is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to move forward with clean-up plans for the Portland Harbor Superfund site without further delay.

local | Sustainability | News | Environment

Oregon Poised To Send Recycling To Landfills

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2017 6 p.m.

Oregon regulators have received more than a dozen requests from companies that want to throw recyclable materials into landfills.

Fish & Wildlife | Energy | Environment

Salmon-Friendly Rulings On Columbia, Snake Dams Could Be Overturned By Congress

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2017 4:35 p.m.

A bill sponsored by several U.S. House members from the Northwest aims to overturn two recent court decisions to protect salmon from harmful effects of Columbia and Snake river dams.

Nation | local | Politics | News | Environment

New EPA Plan Could Delay Cleanup Of Portland Harbor Pollution

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 9, 2017 7:30 a.m. | Portland

The Trump administration has a new plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site that Oregon officials say could reverse progress toward cleaning up toxic pollution in the Willamette River.

Sustainability | Environment

Chinese Ban On Waste Imports Puts Northwest Recycling In Limbo

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2017 4:45 p.m.

By the end of the year, much of the mixed plastic and paper that goes into recycling bins will be banned from China, which could mean they will end up in a landfill.

local | Sustainability | Transportation | News | Communities | Environment

Are The Car-Sharing And EV Revolutions Leaving Poor People Behind?

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 15, 2017 8 a.m. | Portland

A new program in Northeast Portland aims to serve people outside the boundaries of mainstream car-sharing services.

Forestry | Environment | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Eagle Creek Fire Puts Popular Gorge Trails Off Limits Until Spring

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2017 11:45 a.m.

Some of the most popular hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge are inside the perimeter of the Eagle Creek wildfire. Officials say that means they’ll be closed for at least six months.

Air | Environment | Health | Climate change

Climate Change Is Making Smoky, Unhealthy Air More Common

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 7, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Portland

As climate change plays out in the Northwest, more smoky, unhealthy air will come along with hotter, drier summers and bigger wildfires.

local | Environment | Politics | News | Climate change

Trump Policy Reversal Raises Concerns For Northwest's National Parks

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 4, 2017 9:30 a.m.

Advocates are worried that Trump administration policy changes will damage the ability of national parks to deal with climate change.

Land | Environment

Eclipse Chasers Leave Little Damage Behind On Oregon's Wild Lands

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 25, 2017 7 a.m. | Prineville, Oregon

Anticipating up to a million eclipse visitors, public land managers in Oregon prepared for the worst. But their fears of human-caused wildfires and environmental destruction never came to pass.

Economy | Business | local | News | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Still Plenty Of Eclipse T-Shirts Left As Visitors Head Home

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 23, 2017 6 a.m. | Prineville, Oregon

Businesses in Prineville, Oregon, are still humming with customers as the Symbiosis Festival winds down after Monday’s eclipse.

Energy | News | Environment

NW Scientists Make The Case For Spilling More Water Over Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 16, 2017 4:37 p.m.

On Wednesday, dozens of scientists sent a letter to Northwest lawmakers in Congress. In it, they argue in favor of spilling more water over dams to help fish.

local | Food | Sustainability | News | Environment

'Ugly' Produce Delivery Service Expands To The Northwest

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 16, 2017 6:15 a.m. | Portland

A California-based company that sells blemished and misshapen fruits and vegetables is expanding into the Northwest.

Nation | local | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

Sea Lions Put Willamette River Steelhead At Risk Of Extinction

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 7, 2017 4:38 p.m. | Oregon City, Oregon

Oregon officials say Willamette River steelhead are on the verge of extinction because they’re getting eaten by sea lions at Willamette Falls.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

New Pollinator Stamps Feature Work Of 2 Oregon Photographers

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 2, 2017 6:15 p.m.

Two Oregon wildlife photographers will have their their pictures of honeybees featured in the new Protect Pollinators Forever postage stamps scheduled to be released this week.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Native Shrimp Once Killed With Pesticides Now At Risk From Invasive Parasite

OPB/EarthFix | July 28, 2017 9:45 a.m. | Newport, Oregon

For years, oyster growers in the Northwest have been looking for ways to kill the burrowing mud shrimp. Now, it seems, an invasive parasite is doing it for them.

Land | Environment

Wyden Bill Encourages Outdoor Recreation On Public Lands

OPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2017 1:45 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden introduced a bill Wednesday that aims to simplify the permitting process for outdoor recreation on public lands.

local | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

Legal Battle Drives Dam Managers To Extraordinary Salmon Research

OPB/EarthFix | July 7, 2017 12:15 p.m. | Bonneville, Oregon

As a 20-year lawsuit drags on, federal dam managers need to prove to the court that habitat restoration is actually working to save salmon. And that’s no small task.

Energy | Environment

PacifiCorp Looks To Expand Wind Energy As Coal Plants Retire

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 2:18 p.m.

PacifiCorp is moving forward with a 20-year plan that reduces its use of coal-fired power while expanding investments in wind energy.

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