Environment reporter based in Portland at Oregon Public Broadcasting
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: Liquefied natural gas imports, then LNG exports, followed by coal exports and crude oil shipping. Meanwhile, she's kept close tabs on salmon recovery efforts, dam management and fisheries. As OPB's Ecotrope blogger, Cassandra added a focus on urban sustainability to her beat with posts on everyday pollutants, bee die-offs, electric cars, urban chickens and even a homeless goat herd.
She grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri. 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.
Urban sustainability and the environment in Oregon and Southwest Washington
Mountains and fresh seafood.
Blisters and not-so-fresh fish
When I was a reporter at The Daily A, I went out on a charter boat to cover the salmon season. The captain's name was Butch Smith, and after I caught two Chinook "king" salmon in a row – my first ever – he started calling me "the king killer." I thought that was cool, so I worked it into the story I wrote about the trip. Just for fun, I also filed a photo of me holding up my two kings. Then, after deadline, I dashed out of the office to chase another story and didn't get a chance to see the paper before it was published. I came back to the office later in the day, and stopped dead in my tracks. There I was, splashed across the top of the front page of the paper, holding up my two salmon under a screaming headline: "Cassandra the 'king killer' strikes twice." I was mortified, but as I made my way around town that day, it was clear the story was a smashing success. Astorians loved it!