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

Sustainability | Environment | Climate change

Oregon Businesses Form New Alliance To Fight Climate Change

OPB/EarthFix | June 22, 2017 8:45 a.m. | Portland

More than two dozen Oregon businesses are banding together to fight climate change through a new organization called the Oregon Business Alliance For Climate.

Sustainability | Environment | Communities

Challenging The Idea That Electric Vehicles Are For The Rich

OPB/EarthFix | June 20, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Portland

At a national conference in Portland, experts discussed how to increase the use of electric vehicles in low-income communities.

Environment | Science | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean

Massive Bloom Of Pickle-Shaped Sea Creatures Fills The Pacific

OPB/EarthFix | June 16, 2017 2:10 p.m.

Millions of tubular sea creatures called pyrosomes have taken over the Pacific ocean in an unprecedented bloom that has scientists baffled.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Seabirds Disappear In The Midst Of Plans To Shoot Them

OPB/EarthFix | June 15, 2017 4:45 p.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has stopped shooting double-crested cormorants after the huge colony of seabirds vacated their nesting grounds at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Environment | Energy

Oregon Utility Board Considers Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks

OPB/EarthFix | June 12, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Oregon utility regulators are considering a request by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

Environment | Energy

Supreme Court Rejects Port Defense Of Secret Meetings On Vancouver Oil Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | June 8, 2017 1:30 p.m.

The Washington Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision Thursday in a ruling that suggests the Port of Vancouver violated public meetings law while negotiating a lease for an oil terminal.

Economy | Environment | Sustainability | News

There's Finally A Plan For Up-Close Views Of Willamette Falls

OPB/EarthFix | May 31, 2017 4:30 p.m.

Leaders of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project unveiled their vision for a public riverwalk at the former Blue Heron paper mill site.

Sustainability | Environment

Portland's Bike-Powered Mill Delivers A Low-Carbon Beer

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

A Portland brewery has teamed up with an environmental group to brew a low-carbon “Bike Crush Saison.”

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon, California Governors Request Salmon Disaster Assistance

OPB/EarthFix | May 25, 2017 noon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown are calling for a federal disaster declaration in response to two years of dismal ocean salmon fishing seasons.

Environment | Energy

Sale Of Storage Tanks Raises Concerns About An Oil Terminal In Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | May 23, 2017 5:45 p.m.

A proposal by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the lower Columbia River has raised concerns about a potential oil-by-rail terminal in Oregon.

News | Environment | local | Energy | Sustainability | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

What The Northwest Could Learn From Japan's Eco-Friendly 'Smart Homes'

OPB/EarthFix | May 22, 2017 6 a.m.

Japan's "smart homes" combine solar panels, electric cars and batteries not only to save energy but also to supply their own power when disaster strikes.

Forestry | Environment

Oregon Officials Vote Down Plan To Sell Elliott State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | May 9, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon’s State Land Board voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel the sale of the Elliott State Forest near the southern coast.

Forestry | Environment

Oregon State University Offers To Split Cost Of Buying Elliott State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | May 5, 2017 4:25 p.m.

Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read is proposing a new option for the Elliott State Forest that would allow Oregon State University to buy the land and use it for research and education.

Forestry | Environment

Oregon Governor Releases Plan To Avoid Selling A State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | May 4, 2017 4:40 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has released her proposal for keeping the Elliott State Forest in public ownership – rather than selling it.

Environment | Energy

Cancer, Congestion, Pollution Among The Outcomes Of Longview Coal Export Project: Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 28, 2017 11:10 a.m.

The largest proposed coal terminal in North America would inevitably impact the environment and the surrounding community in Southwest Washington, according to a new report.

Environment | Climate change | Energy

Climate Activists Tell PGE: Don’t Even Think About New Natural Gas Plants

OPB/EarthFix | April 26, 2017 1:02 p.m. | Portland

Environmental groups gathered outside the Portland General Electric headquarters in Portland Wednesday to protest the utility’s effort to permit two new natural gas power plants.

Environment | Science

Looming Budget Cuts Put Scientists In Limbo

OPB/EarthFix | April 22, 2017 noon | Vancouver, Washington

Thousands of people took to the streets Saturday in the March for Science. Among those marching were scientists whose jobs are now in jeopardy as they wait for the federal budget ax to fall.

Environment | Energy

White House Advisor Promises Approval For Oregon's Controversial LNG Project

OPB/EarthFix | April 21, 2017 11:45 a.m.

One of President Trump’s top economic advisors says the administration plans to approve a permit for the controversial Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project in Coos Bay.

News | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife

Fishery Managers Close 200 Miles Of West Coast To Salmon Fishing

OPB/EarthFix | April 11, 2017 11:30 a.m. | Portland

Fishery managers voted Tuesday to close ocean salmon seasons along about 200 miles of the coastline from southern Oregon to northern California.

Environment | Energy

Opponents Aim To Block State Funding For Methanol Plant

OPB/EarthFix | April 6, 2017 12:10 p.m.

Opponents of a methanol refinery proposed on the Columbia River say Washington should avoid spending public funds on infrastructure for the controversial plant.


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