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Tony Schick / OPB

Job title

Investigative and Data Journalist

What I cover

Environment beat in the Pacific Northwest. I like documents and data.


Tony is a native of Portland, Ore. He previously worked as the web editor for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a journalism nonprofit based in Columbia, Mo. Before that he received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He has worked as a freelance reporter and researcher since 2007. Sometimes he blogs about his experiences with journalism and data.

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.


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Recent Articles:

Oregon Agency Rejects Environmental Groups' Petition Challenging Oil Trains Permit

Dec. 12, 2014

Can Researchers Help Fisher Cats Without Hurting Them?

Dec. 4, 2014

How One Complaint Reveals The Flaws In Oregon's Pesticide Regulation

Dec. 1, 2014

Wyoming Coal Tour Goes On, Without Most Invited Tribes

Nov. 10, 2014

Election Shifts Oregon Closer To Carbon Tax, Not So For Washington

Nov. 5, 2014

Washington Rail Safety Regulators Voice Concerns Over Oil Trains

Nov. 5, 2014

Legislation In Works For Oregon Herbicide Spraying

Oct. 27, 2014

Environmental Groups Say Oregon Got It Wrong With Oil Terminal Permit

Oct. 17, 2014

When Your School's Environment Is Toxic

Oct. 17, 2014

One By One, Tribes Begin Saying No To Wyoming Coal Tour

Oct. 17, 2014

Illegal Pot Farms Are Poisoning This Furry Animal

Oct. 6, 2014

Wyoming Offers Northwest Tribal Leaders A Free Trip To Coal Country

Oct. 6, 2014

EPA Fines Oregon Herbicide Applicator $1,500

Oct. 3, 2014

Landslide Safety All Over The Map In Washington

Sept. 30, 2014

Rising Coal And Oil Train Shipments Make Rail Congestion A Big Problem

Sept. 29, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Stronger Oversight Of Aerial Herbicide Spraying

Sept. 15, 2014

New Oregon Forestry Tool Excites Agency But Pesticide Watchdogs Are Disappointed

Sept. 15, 2014

Port of Portland, Canada's Pembina Make Plans For Propane Exports To Asia

Sept. 2, 2014

Oregon Approves Subsidies For Oil Transport, Not For Coal

Aug. 22, 2014

Local Concerns And A New Permit For Oregon's Largest Oil By Rail Terminal

Aug. 19, 2014

Oregon Senators, Fire Chiefs See Gaps In Proposed Oil Train Rules

Aug. 18, 2014

Wyden, Merkley To Hold Oil Train Roundtable

Aug. 15, 2014

Lawsuit Challenges Protection For Farming, Forestry

Aug. 13, 2014

Oregon Issues Fine, Revokes License Of Curry County Herbicide Sprayer

Aug. 12, 2014

Oregon Wildlife Officials Suspect Spread Of Elk Hoof Disease

July 31, 2014

Study: Coal Project Would Help One Puget Sound County But Others Would Pay

July 24, 2014

New Safety Rules Proposed To Curb Oil Train Fires

July 23, 2014

Crew Fatigue Persists As Oil By Rail Increases Risks

July 22, 2014

One-Man Train Crews Could Soon Operate In Northwest

July 18, 2014

Sightline Institute Authors Report Questioning Tesoro's Track Record

July 11, 2014

Oregon Shuts Down Sewage Disposal Company After Numerous Violations

July 10, 2014

Poll: Most Northwest Residents Support Oil Trains But Don't Know Much About The Issue

July 9, 2014

Rail Workers Raise Doubts About Safety Culture As Oil Trains Roll On

July 2, 2014

More Than 15 Oil Trains Per Week Travel Through Washington

June 24, 2014

BNSF Won't Seek Injunction To Stop Release Of Oil Train Info In Washington

June 23, 2014

Oregon Senators Ask Transportation Safety Board To Evaluate Emergency Order On Oil Trains

June 11, 2014

Northwest States Tread Lightly With Oil Train Route Disclosures

June 10, 2014

EPA, Environmental Groups Reach Agreement To Protect Salmon From Insecticides

June 6, 2014

Curry County Residents Ask Oregon Lawmakers For Tougher Pesticide Rules

May 29, 2014

China To Lift Ban On West Coast Shellfish

May 23, 2014

Oil Train Preparedness A Gap For Oregon's Hazmat Response

May 21, 2014

Central Oregon Grapples With Rising Oil Train Safety Risks

May 19, 2014

SolarWorld Among Victims of Alleged Chinese Hacking

May 19, 2014

Oil Trains Now Delivering Utah Crude to Portland

May 16, 2014

Wyden, Merkley Want Transparency For Shipments Of All Oil, Not Just Bakken

May 9, 2014

School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use

May 9, 2014

DOT Requires Better Oil By Rail Notice, But Some Unknowns Remain for NW Responders

May 8, 2014

States Put No Limits On Use Of Portable Classrooms

May 8, 2014

The EarthFix Reading Guide To The National Climate Assessment

May 7, 2014

'They Have To Go': The Environmental And Health Costs Of Portable Classrooms

May 7, 2014

Biggest Challenge Facing Oregon Pesticide Investigators? Public Records Law

April 23, 2014

Southern Oregon Pesticide Case Highlights Gaps In State Oversight

April 23, 2014

State Investigation Finds Violations in Southern Oregon Pesticide Case

April 8, 2014

Urged To Support Oil Train Funding, Northwest Senator Seeks Answers

April 4, 2014

Landslide Mapping An Unfinished Task for Geologists

April 1, 2014

Oregon Regulators Issue $117,000 Fine For Oil Terminal's Permit Violation

March 28, 2014

How Industry Specs And A Federal Loophole Allow Railroads to Avoid Response Planning Oversight

March 17, 2014

With Or Without Terminal, Oil Trains Through Vancouver On The Rise

March 4, 2014

Exploding Oil Trains Prompt More Stringent Safety Tests

Feb. 25, 2014

Crude Oil Terminal Planned In NW Portland

Feb. 14, 2014

GAO Report Faults BLM Coal Lease Practices

Feb. 4, 2014

Are You Going to Eat That? China's Latest Reason It Considers NW Shellfish Unsafe

Jan. 31, 2014

Do 99.9977 Percent Of Crude Oil Rail Shipments Reach Their Destination Safely?

Jan. 28, 2014

Oregon Rule Change Expands Livestock Producers' Rights To Kill Wolves

Jan. 16, 2014

Spill Plan For Columbia River Oil Terminal Lays Out Worst-Case Scenarios

Jan. 16, 2014

How Many Rail Cars Carrying Hazardous Materials Get Inspected?

Jan. 10, 2014

Northwest Officials Receive Little Information On Oil-By-Rail Shipments

Jan. 9, 2014

Marbled Murrelets Show 30 Percent Decline? It's Not That Simple

Jan. 3, 2014

Tree Sitters Don’t Buy Logging Designed To Mimic Nature

Dec. 23, 2013

Map: New Wildfire Data Goes Interactive

Dec. 20, 2013

Arsenic Was Toxin Of Concern In Wash. Geoduck Shipment

Dec. 19, 2013

Officials In U.S. Stumped By China's Claim Of Tainted Northwest Shellfish

Dec. 13, 2013

China Imposes First-Ever West Coast Shellfish Ban

Dec. 12, 2013

Illegal Eagle Hunt Garners $250 Fine, Probation

Dec. 11, 2013

Study: Development Along Oregon, Washington Public Forests Has More Than Doubled

Dec. 4, 2013