David Steves is editor of EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
David previously worked as state capital bureau chief for the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene. Before that, David worked at the Statesman Journal as a reporter, editor and columnist in Salem.
David has won journalism awards for stories that covered the murder of a state corrections chief, explored the lives of migrant farm workers, explained the rapidly rising population of mentally ill prison inmates, and exposed a lobbying group’s questionable fund-raising tactics.
David earned a degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.
A county planning commission has given its approval to a rail expansion in the same stretch of the Columbia River Gorge where a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into flames.
Voters in the Columbia River Gorge approved a measure aimed at blocking Nestle from putting in a water bottling plant. But four months later, activists are still protesting.
NW Life | News | Environment | Air | local | Portland's Toxic Air ProblemOPB/EarthFix | Sept. 8, 2016 5:53 p.m.
Southeast Portland air near a manufacturing plant run by Precision Castparts is polluted with unhealthy levels of the heavy metals nickel, hexavalent chromium and arsenic, according to the latest batch of air monitoring data.
Seattle's greenhouse gas emissions fell by 6 percent over a six-year period, according to a new report. It cautions that despite the progress, the city is off the pace needed to reach 2030 carbon-cutting goals.
Washington environmental regulators will soon find out if their new water-quality rule is good enough for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Oregon's Elliott State Forest is worth $221 million, according to the Oregon Department of State Lands. That figure is based on a review process that included appraisals by three independent firms.
Oregon wildlife officials killed four wolves in northeastern Oregon Thursday after determining they are responsible for killing too many livestock.
A new study suggests that Puget Sound shellfish producers could expand some of their operations without significantly affecting the environment.
Washington's Makah Indian tribe wants to resume its traditional practice of whale hunting.
The Obama administration delivers a trade war victory to the U.S. solar industry. The move is seen as a boost to an Oregon manufacturer.
Public broadcasters are calling on the U.S. Forest Service to make a number of changes in its regulation of photography, filming and recording on public lands.
Tests for Ebola came back negative Sunday for a woman in Oregon whose sustained fever and time spent in West Africa had prompted her hospitalization.
When you consider how long mountains, forests and deserts have been a part of the American landscape, 50 years is the blink of an eye. But it’s something of a milestone when a law protecting these places turns 50. That’s happening this week.
A Northwest lawmaker's battle against toxic algae blooms wins the support of President Barack Obama, who signs into law a bill aimed at controlling such outbreaks.
They don't have plans for a filibuster, since they lack a bill and a scheduled vote. But more than two dozen Democratic U.S. lawmakers do have a lot to say about the perils of climate change -- along with a free Monday night and access to the floor of the U.S. Senate.
While the Northwest's debate over whether to build coal export terminals seems to be at a standstill, the discussion in California's San Francisco Bay led to a decision to reject such a port project.
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