Investigative and Data Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Tony Schick

Tony Schick is an investigative and data reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Tony previously worked as the web editor for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a journalism nonprofit based in Columbia, Missouri. He has worked as a freelance reporter and researcher since 2007.

He has undergraduate degrees in journalism and sociology from Gonzaga University, where he spent enough time after hours in the student newsroom that he and his wife named their dog, Myron, after the building’s beloved overnight custodian. He received his master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. 

Tony is a native of Portland.

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Recent Articles


Oregon To Kill Wolves That Preyed On Livestock

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 3, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Oregon has decided to kill members of a wolf pack in Eastern Oregon. It's the eighth time state officials in Oregon or Washington have taken lethal action on wolves that preyed on livestock.  

local | News | Environment

Feds Examine Military Flares In Mysterious Oregon Wildfires

OPB/EarthFix | July 19, 2017 5 p.m. | Portland

Federal and state agencies are investigating a string of wildfires in southeastern Oregon with a potential link to military training exercises.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | Agriculture

Questionable Payments To Oregon Ranchers Who Blame Wolves For Missing Cattle

OPB/EarthFix | July 17, 2017 noon | Halfway, Oregon

Many western states pay livestock operators for cattle and sheep lost to wolves depredation. But an EarthFix investigation found Oregon is making questionable payments to ranchers.  

Politics | Energy | News | Transportation | Environment

A Disappointing Legislative Session For Oregon Environmentalists

OPB/EarthFix | July 11, 2017 5:41 p.m.

Amid efforts to pass revenue and transportation packages, many environmental bills fell by the wayside.  

Transportation | News | Environment | local | Politics | Energy

Oregon House To Reconsider Bill Adding Secrecy For Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | June 30, 2017 2:42 p.m.

A bill was pulled from the Oregon House floor and returned to committee over concerns about language that would make secret railroad spill contingency plans and financial responsibility documents.

News | local | Air | Environment

Oregon Searches For Clean Air Funding After Lawmakers Say No

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 3:28 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is now in search of a new way to pay for the governor’s clean air initiative.  

local | News | Environment

Oregon Oil Train Bill Moves To Floor, With Key Regulation Removed Again

OPB/EarthFix | June 28, 2017 5:37 p.m. | Portland

For the second time since 2015, the Oregon Legislature has stripped language out of a bill that would have increased the state’s regulation of oil trains.  

Water | Environment

Military Airstrips Are Poisoning People's Wells

KUOW/EarthFix | June 20, 2017 5:40 p.m. | Coupeville, Washington

The military and its civilian neighbors are finding their wells are being poisoned by chemicals in firefighting foams used on airstrips.


Columbia River Methanol Plant Gets Approval On Two Washington Permits

OPB/EarthFix | June 8, 2017 4:05 p.m. | Portland

Washington state regulators approved two permits Thursday for a proposed plant that would make and export methanol along the Columbia River in Kalama.  

Politics | Environment

Washington Senator's Temporary Job Ends At EPA

OPB/EarthFix | May 25, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen has finished his temporary job for the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency.  

Oregon Ranchers Ask For Local Authority To Determine Wolf Kills

OPB/EarthFix | May 19, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon ranchers are once again asking the state to give local authorities final say over what's considered a wolf depredation.   

Air | Environment

Oregon Senate Confirms New Members of Environmental Quality Commission

OPB/EarthFix | May 2, 2017 3:08 p.m.

The Oregon Senate has confirmed three new members of the state’s Environmental Quality Commission.  

Health | Business | Environment

Oregon Lawmakers Look To Close Demolition Loophole For Lead Dust

OPB/EarthFix | April 9, 2017 10:40 a.m.

Oregon lawmakers are now hoping to help close a regulatory hole by giving cities and counties the authority to regulate the control of lead dust from home demolitions.  

Science | Sustainability | Environment

Oregon DEQ Hits Northwest’s Biggest Electronics Recycler With 6-Figure Fine

OPB/EarthFix | April 3, 2017 5:10 p.m.

Seattle-based Total Reclaim failed to label shipments of old electronics as hazardous waste.  

Politics | Environment

Ex-Environmental Commissioner Says Gov. Brown Fired Her Over Hiring Decision

OPB/EarthFix | March 30, 2017 5:25 p.m.

One of the three state commission members fired by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says they were dismissed because they went against her wishes with their choice to head the Department of Environmental Quality.

The Diesel You Breathe

OPB | March 24, 2017 9:03 a.m.

Oregon DEQ Prepares For Big Staff Cuts Under Trump

OPB/EarthFix | March 21, 2017 4:45 p.m.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality staff expect to lose more than 30 people in the agency’s core programs because of President Trump’s cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency budget.

Politics | Environment

Washington Lawmaker Has 6-Figure Salary In Trump Administration, Documents Show

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

Newly obtained documents show how much Republican Doug Ericksen was paid for working for the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency while holding a seat in the Washington Legislature.

Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Fiery Oil Train Derailment In Columbia Gorge Prompts Safety Legislation

OPB/EarthFix | March 14, 2017 11:10 a.m.

Lawmakers in Oregon are once again pushing bills to increase the state’s oversight of oil trains, ten months after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire in the Columbia River Gorge.


Oregon Has The 2nd-Worst Water Quality Permit Backlog In The Country

OPB/EarthFix | March 8, 2017 5:10 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s backlog of expired water quality permits is among the worst in the country, meaning the state has allowed pollution discharges at levels that may violate current clean-water standards.    

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