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

News | Education | local | Chemawa Indian School

Behind The Fence: Chemawa’s Culture Of Secrecy

Chemawa Indian School sits behind walls both figurative and literal, creating a culture of secrecy that tribal leaders say locks in students and locks out the public.

News | Environment | Land | local | Agriculture | Fish & Wildlife

As Northwest States Kill Wolves, Researchers Cast Doubt On Whether It Works

Northwest states have struck a compromise between preserving wolves and preventing livestock damage. Scientific evidence suggests it's an approach that will fail both wolf survival and ranchers.

News | Education | local | Chemawa Indian School

Help Wanted: Questionable Hiring And Non-Native Administrators At Chemawa

Chemawa staff members said they've observed nepotism and favoritism from federal overseers. And Chemawa's lack of Native administrators has some students feeling underserved.

News | Education | local | Chemawa Indian School

Former Chemawa Staff Say Concerns Were Met With Retaliation, Bullying

Former staff and students describe Chemawa as a place where concerns over education and the treatment of students and staff persist because attempts to expose problems are met with retaliation.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Wildlife Advocates Want Closer Look At Wolf Shot By Hunter

Wildlife advocates want Oregon Governor Kate Brown to reopen an investigation into an elk hunter’s shooting of a wolf in Eastern Oregon, which was initially ruled self defense.

NW Life | News | Education | local | Chemawa Indian School

What's A Chemawa Diploma Really Worth?

Any high school–aged member of a federally recognized Indian tribe is eligible for a free education at Chemawa Indian School, room and board included. But the Salem boarding school has struggled to meet students' academic needs. 

News | Education | local

Chemawa Indian School

Chemawa is supposed to offer an academic home preparing students for college or careers in a safe and stable place. But an OPB investigation found the school is breaking its promise.

News | Health | Nation | Education | local | Chemawa Indian School

Life And Death At Chemawa Indian School

Three students came from three different tribes to attend Chemawa Indian School. Now, their mothers are still struggling to understand how their children’s futures fell apart — and what role the federally run boarding school played.

local | News | Water | Environment

Environmental Groups Sue Oregon Over Industrial Water Pollution

Environmental groups are suing Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality over its regulation of stormwater pollution from more than 900 industrial sites.

Land | Communities | Land use | Water | Environment

Portland's Lawsuit Against Monsanto Proceeds, With Some Claims Dismissed

The City of Portland and Port of Portland can proceed with lawsuits against Monsanto, but a judge has dismissed several of the city’s claims over chemical contamination of the city’s waterways.  

Climate change | Energy | Environment

Rejection For Longview Project Spells Doom For Coal Exports Through The Northwest

The Washington Department of Ecology today denied a permit for a proposal to build North America’s largest coal export terminal in Longview.  

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Agriculture

Oregon Officials Authorizing Wolf Killing, Saying Non-Lethal Efforts Failed

State wildlife officials have authorized the killing of two wolves from a pack in Eastern Oregon after confirming four attacks on livestock.  

Environment | News | local | Agriculture

How An Oregon Activist's Barn Produced The 'Poison Papers'

After gathering dust, rust and rat poop for decades in the Oregon Coast Range, a barn full of documents about the chemical industry are poised to become evidence in lawsuits.


Oregon To Kill Wolves That Preyed On Livestock

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 | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Feds Examine Military Flares In Mysterious Oregon Wildfires

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

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

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

Energy | News | local | Environment | Transportation | Politics

Oregon House To Reconsider Bill Adding Secrecy For Oil Trains

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

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

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