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

Energy | Environment

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 | Energy | Climate change

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.

Science | Environment

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.

Energy | Environment

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.

local | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

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.

Energy | Environment

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Conservation Groups Sue To Protect Wildlife From ‘Cyanide Bombs’

OPB/EarthFix | April 4, 2017 1 p.m.

Conservation groups want to see more restrictions on cyanide traps after a federal agency's trap killed a wolf in northeast Oregon.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Court Orders More Spill Over Columbia River Dams In 2018

OPB/EarthFix | March 27, 2017 4:30 p.m.

A judge has ordered federal agencies to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead, though not until next year after testing.

Energy | Environment

Volkswagen Settlement Fuels A Fight To Phase Out Dirty Old Diesel Engines

OPB/EarthFix | March 23, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Portland

The Northwest is in line to receive millions of dollars through a settlement with Volkswagen Group. Some say that money could help crack down on old diesel trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Ocean Salmon Fishery Closures Proposed To Protect Klamath River Fish

OPB/EarthFix | March 13, 2017 12:45 p.m.

The West Coast is on track for a meager and potentially disastrous salmon season, with severe cutbacks proposed for fisheries from the central Oregon coast down into northern California.

Environment | Climate change

Carbon Tax? Cap and Trade? Oregon Lawmakers Weigh Options For Reducing Emissions

OPB/EarthFix | March 1, 2017 5:45 p.m.

Supporters and opponents weighed in on five bills that would reduce Oregon's carbon emissions at a joint committee hearing in Salem Wednesday.

Environment | Energy | Climate change

World's Largest Methanol Plant Lands Key Permit Approval From A Washington County

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 27, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Cowlitz County has approved a key permit for a controversial methanol plant proposed on the Columbia River. Opponents plan to appeal the decision.

Forestry | Environment

Controversial Sale Of A State Forest In Oregon Moves Forward After Land Board Vote

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 14, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Two new members of Oregon’s State Land Board voted Tuesday to move forward with the controversial sale of the Elliott State Forest despite opposition from Gov. Kate Brown.

Forestry | Environment

Gov. Brown Announces New Plan To Keep Elliott State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 10, 2017 3:15 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a new plan Friday that would keep the Elliott State Forest in public ownership by borrowing money on the bond market.

Water | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

Judge Orders More Water Releases From Klamath River Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 8, 2017 3:38 p.m.

A ruling released Wednesday says additional water is needed on the Klamath River to flush out parasites causing deadly disease outbreaks in salmon.

Environment | Climate change

Jury Fails To Reach Verdict In Case Against Oregon Climate Activist

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 1, 2017 4:30 p.m.

A Washington jury failed to reach a verdict Wednesday on whether to convict climate activist Ken Ward for breaking into and shutting off an oil pipeline in Burlington, Washington.

Environment | Transportation | Climate change

Oregon Way Behind On Its Goals For Reducing Carbon Emissions: Report

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 1, 2017 3:25 p.m.

In a new report, the Oregon Global Warming Commission says the state is not expected to come within striking distance of its 2020 or 2050 goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Science | Environment

Trump's EPA Moves Create Uncertainty For Future Of Northwest Environmental Work

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 27, 2017 4:25 p.m. | Portland

A temporary freeze on grants and a halt on communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has left Northwest tribes, state agencies and nonprofits uncertain about the future.  

Agriculture | Land | Environment

Federal Approval Of GM Grass Seed Sparks Outcry

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 18, 2017 4 p.m.

A decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate a genetically modified grass seed has raised concerns about contamination in Oregon’s billion-dollar grass seed industry.

Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

NOAA Finalizes New Plan For Columbia River Hatcheries

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 17, 2017 11:33 a.m.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a final plan Tuesday for producing hatchery fish while protecting wild fish in the Columbia River Basin.


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