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David Steves / OPB

Official title


Unofficial title

Recovering pencil-pushing notebook scribbler.

What I cover

Everything on the PNW Environmental beat — nearly all of it vicariously through the work of my great corps of reporters.

Favorite hike

Any that takes you at at least 12 miles into Olympic National Park.

Favorite story from the field

The time I was sent out to interview prostitutes and ended up with three guys in my rental car "asking" me to take them to meet a dealer.

If I weren't a journalist, I would be...

I've never been able to answer that question.


David Steves has been a journalist in the Pacific Northwest since 1987. He joined public media from The Eugene Register-Guard newspaper, where he was the state capital bureau chief for the past 11 years. Before that, David worked at the Salem Statesman-Journal as a reporter, editor and columnist. Along the way, Steves has won journalism awards for stories that covered the murder of a state corrections chief, explored the challenges faced by migrant farm workers, explained the rapidly rising population of mentally ill prison inmates, and exposed a lobbying group’s questionable fund-raising tactics.


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Recent Articles:

Stiff Tariffs Imposed To Help U.S. Solar Panel Makers Compete

Dec. 17, 2014

Public Media Call For Forest Service To Relax Wild Land Photography Rules

Dec. 3, 2014

The Golden Anniversary For Wilderness In America

Sept. 2, 2014

Obama Signs Northwest Lawmaker's Bill For Toxic Algae Research

June 30, 2014

All-Nighter On Climate Change To Keep U.S. Senators Occupied

March 10, 2014

A Coal Shipping Terminal Strikes Out In A Major League City

March 3, 2014

How A Sentence To Read Gladwell Overshadowed The Part About The Prison Time

Jan. 31, 2014

Wall Street Giant Backs Away From Washington Coal Export Project

Jan. 7, 2014

Support Grows For An Ancient Method Of Managing Wild Lands

Dec. 9, 2013

3 Things About The Political Pep Rally In Klamath Falls

Dec. 3, 2013

Putting A Price On Wind Power's Eagle Kills

Nov. 22, 2013

How Frog-Friendly Farming Helps Herons And Hinders Mosquitoes

Nov. 5, 2013

NW Tribes Are Leading The Way In Climate Adaptation

Nov. 1, 2013

The New Motor City? Look West For EV Hubs

Oct. 30, 2013

Russia's Stumble When It Goes For Olympic Green

Oct. 29, 2013

Bill Gates Finds Enlightenment At Idaho Nuke Lab

Oct. 25, 2013

West Coast States, B.C., To Align Carbon Reduction Efforts

Oct. 25, 2013

Ore. Among 8 States Pledging To Boost Zero-Emission Vehicles

Oct. 24, 2013

An Ancient, Overhunted Turtle That's Unwanted In Oregon

Oct. 22, 2013

We Call Them Caves, You Call Them Tunnels

Oct. 11, 2013

A Film For Fans of Enviro Movement History

Oct. 10, 2013

Washington's Own Wandering Wolves

Oct. 8, 2013

A Protective Boost For A Pair Of Northwest Prairie Species

Oct. 2, 2013

What's Shut Down In the NW World Of Federal Public Lands And Natural Resource Operations

Oct. 1, 2013

4 Takeaways From A GM Labeling Pep Rally

Sept. 25, 2013

Study: Dams Help The NW Cope With Climate Change

Sept. 25, 2013

A C+ or B- To Oregon For Cutting Carbon Pollution

Sept. 18, 2013

How Are E-Waste Laws Working? Not So Well, Researchers Say

Sept. 17, 2013

You Could Read About Six-Pack Rings ... Or Laugh At This Video

Sept. 11, 2013

Why Researchers Don't Think Battery Storage Works For Wind Power

Sept. 10, 2013

Army Corps Goes Its Own Way On Longview Coal Review

Sept. 6, 2013

An Oil Terminal Hits The Shoals

Sept. 6, 2013

West Coast Scientists Team Up On Acidification Panel

Aug. 28, 2013

Climate Change & Rail Transport Will Be Included When Measuring Coal Export Project's Impact

July 31, 2013

Photo Shows How Quickly A Wolf Pack Forms

July 30, 2013

Wildlife Officials Move Ahead With Killing Barred Owls

July 23, 2013

Jane Lubchenco's Teachable Moment As NOAA Head

July 18, 2013

Obama Administration Drops Most Wolf Protections

June 7, 2013

Report: Feds Planning To Drop Wolves' Legal Protections

April 26, 2013

It's Now 'Interior Secretary Jewell' For Seattle Business Leader

April 10, 2013

Conservation Group: Fish Fraud A National Problem, But Less Severe In The NW

Feb. 21, 2013

Bonneville Power Gets New Boss

Jan. 16, 2013

Acidifying Water Takes Toll On Northwest Shellfish

Nov. 27, 2012

Conservation Groups Ask Obama Administration To Keep Murrelet Protections

Oct. 24, 2012

Army Corps Keeps Columbia Coal Barging Plan On Fast Track

Sept. 19, 2012

OSU's Chemical Safety Research With Zebrafish Gets A Boost

Sept. 13, 2012

China's Economic Slowdown Drives Down Demand For NW Logs

Sept. 5, 2012

Latest Threat To Honeybees: Attack Of The Zombie Flies

Sept. 4, 2012

Effort Launched To Strip Protection For Puget Sound Orcas

Aug. 2, 2012

EarthFix Conversations: High-Speed Research On Climate Change

July 16, 2012

Coalition Says Gillnet Ban Heading To Oregon Ballot

July 2, 2012

Wilderness Proposal For Olympic Peninsula Introduced In Congress

June 21, 2012

EarthFix Conversations: Sharing National Parks With Kids 'Before They're Gone'

June 20, 2012

Proposed Hydropower Lands NW River On Endangered List

May 15, 2012

What Makes Stevens Pass One Of The Greenest Ski Resorts Around?

May 10, 2012

EarthFix Conversation: 16 Years Later, Is the Columbia Still 'A River Lost?'

May 8, 2012

Judge Redden on Saving Salmon: Tear Down Those Dams

April 25, 2012

Conservationists Sue To Stop Planting Hatchery Fish In The Elwha

Feb. 10, 2012

Televised Forum on Oregon Forest Plan Produces Sparks

Feb. 7, 2012

Feds Expand Forest Thinning, Restoration Work

Feb. 2, 2012

Keeping Things Safe & Green When Storms Hit

Jan. 25, 2012

Feds Release Catalogue Of Klamath Dam Removal Reports

Jan. 24, 2012

Protections Added for Endangered Sea Turtle's Northwest Habitat

Jan. 20, 2012

EPA: Power Plants, Refineries Are Top NW Greenhouse Gas Polluters

Jan. 11, 2012

Northwest Releases More Than 100 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals

Jan. 5, 2012

Seattle is Latest NW City to Ban Plastic Bags

Dec. 20, 2011

Mount St. Helens National Park Advocates Seek Help from Congress Members

Dec. 14, 2011

Survey Finds Consensus On Better Salmon Habitat But Not On Dam Removal

Dec. 9, 2011

Antelope Ridge Wind Farm Strikes Wildlife Deal With Oregon

Nov. 14, 2011

Senate Acts To Preserve Northwest Wild Places

Nov. 10, 2011

Richard Alley "Earth: The Operators' Manual," a Live Chat

Nov. 7, 2011

Using the Web to Find Carpools and Bike Buddies

Nov. 2, 2011

Idaho, Montana Wolf Hunts Challenged

Oct. 17, 2011

Feds: Oregon's Red Tree Vole Needs Protection

Oct. 12, 2011

SW Oregon Logging Plan Moves Ahead

Oct. 11, 2011

Oregon Governor's Crown Jewels

Oct. 7, 2011

Washington Rakes In Federal Biofuels Research Cash

Sept. 28, 2011

Study: Wider Streamside Forest Buffers Aid Fish

Sept. 21, 2011

Salazar's Sneak Peek at Klamath Report

Sept. 19, 2011

Feds Withdraw Oregon and Washington Authority to Kill Sea Lions

July 26, 2011

Kitzhaber Seeks Supreme Court Review On Logging-Road Ruling

July 25, 2011

Puget Sound Orcas' Latest Problem: Inbreeding

July 21, 2011