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

local | Sustainability | Environment | Food | News

‘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.

Fish & Wildlife | local | News | Environment | Nation

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.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

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.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News

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.

local | News | Environment | Air

Oregon, Washington Threaten To Sue EPA Over Methane Rules

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 12:21 p.m.

Fourteen states – including Oregon and Washington – are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Air Act.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News

Fisher Reintroduced Into South Cascades Has A Baby, Photo Shows

OPB/EarthFix | June 28, 2017 11:33 a.m.

A trail camera has captured the first evidence that the weasel-like fishers recently reintroduced into the South Cascades have started reproducing.

Energy | Environment

Oregon Utility Board Approves Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks

OPB/EarthFix | June 27, 2017 11:40 a.m. | Portland

The Oregon Public Utility Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the sale of nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

Climate change | Environment | Sustainability

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.

Communities | Environment | Sustainability

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Science | Environment | 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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

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.

Energy | Environment

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.

Energy | Environment

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.

Sustainability | Economy | Environment | 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.

Environment | Sustainability

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.”

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

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.

Energy | Environment

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.


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