Investigative and Data Reporter

Tony Schick


Tony Schick is an investigative and data reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.

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

News | Animals | Environment | NW Life

Oregon Wolf Population Increases, With Jump In Livestock Attacks

Oregon’s population of wolves increased by 10% last year. There are now 137 of them in the state, according the state’s annual report on wolf management released Monday.

News | Politics | local

Sheriffs Support Bill To Improve Jail Data Collection

Oregon sheriffs and lawmakers said Friday they support legislation that would require jails to provide more information about its in-custody populations.

Transportation | News | Energy | Environment | Politics | local

Tar Sands Crude Shipments Quietly Increased In Oregon, With Regulators In the Dark

Oregon's attempts to regulate a Portland-area oil terminal show how ill-informed and ill-prepared the state’s oil spill responders can be under the state’s current regulations for oil by rail.

News | Health | local

Booked And Buried: Northwest Jails' Mounting Death Toll

Incomplete data tracking hides a crisis of rising death rates in overburdened Northwest jails that have been set up to fail the inmates they are tasked with keeping safe.

News | Politics | Environment | local

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Ban On Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a set of bills that would restrict pesticide use in an attempt to protect both humans and the insects that pollinate our crops.

News | Sustainability | World | Environment | local

Undercover Investigators Find Oregon Link To Illegal Rainforest Logging

An environmental watchdog's four-year investigation into illegal logging in west-Central Africa leads a report that's critical of the role Northwest businesses have played in the global supply chain.

Forestry | World | Business | News | Environment | Nation | Flora and Fauna | local

Feds Investigate Oregon Company's African Rainforest Hardwood Products

U.S. immigration says it’s investigating whether hardwood products made by Oregon-based Roseburg were illegally harvested from African rainforests before reaching consumers in stores like Home Depot.

Water | Climate change | Transportation | Environment | local

Environmentalists At Portland City Hall Protest Zenith Oil Terminal Expansion

Opponents of a Portland crude oil terminal gathered in front of City Hall Wednesday morning to protest its plans to bring more oil trains through the city.

News | Environment | local

20 Air Polluters Selected For Review Under 'Cleaner Air Oregon' Program

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality names the first 20 companies it is targeting for in-depth reviews under Cleaner Air Oregon, the state’s new program regulating toxic air emissions.

Water | News | Science | Environment | local | Health

Firefighting Foam Contaminated Northeast Portland Groundwater

An OPB investigation reveals firefighting foam that seeped into the groundwater in Northeast Portland now threatens to contaminate the Columbia River and a well field that supplies drinking water.

News | Environment | local

Petroleum Terminal Expands To Allow More Oil Trains Into Portland

A Portland petroleum terminal is significantly expanding its capacity to unload rail cars, a move that sets the stage to more than double the number of oil trains along the Willamette River.

News | local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Mount Hood Wolf Found Dead Near Highway 26

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed to OPB that a young male wolf from the White River pack was found dead near Highway 26 in November.

Fish & Wildlife | Animals | News | Environment | Politics | local

Environmentalists Withdraw From 'Broken' Oregon Wolf Plan Negotiations

Environmental groups are withdrawing from an effort to update Oregon’s plan for managing gray wolves one day before a final meeting of stakeholders.

Sustainability | Fish & Wildlife | Economy | News | Energy | Science | Environment | Flora and Fauna | local

Dam Agreement Aims To Help More Salmon Survive Columbia River Journey

A new agreement aims to help more young salmon make their way past dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

News | Environment | local

A Toxic Pesticide Once Targeted For A Ban Was Probably Sprayed On Your Christmas Tree

The Trump administration decided not to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. Records show it continues to sicken people.

Forestry | News | Environment | Nation | Politics | local

The US Farm Bill Looks To Fight Wildfire

The House Agriculture Committee announced a tentative deal Nov. 29 on the massive federal farm bill. Final negotiations over the legislation have focused not on farms but on forests.

Climate change | Land | Communities | Forestry | Environment

Analysis Reveals Northwest Communities Most Threatened By Wildfire

A small number of Northwest communities have an outsized level of exposure to wildfire, according to data released by the Forest Service.  

Climate change | Science | Communities | Environment

Communities Of Color Are Most Vulnerable To Wildfire: Study

Racial and ethnic minority communities are far more vulnerable to wildfire than predominantly white communities, according to new research from the University of Washington and the Nature Conservancy.

News | Environment | local

How Fire Consumed The Forest Service Budget

With fire costs rising and forest revenues shrinking, the federal government created an industrial complex around wildfire. Then it failed to rein in spending.


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