STAFF

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Paul Koberstein. editor in chief, co-founded Cascadia Times in 1995 and the editor since its inception. Paul, a journalist for 40 years, was a staff writer for The Oregonian and Willamette Week. In 2016, Paul won the Bruce Baer Award, given annually to an Oregon journalist for excellence in investigative journalism in recognition for his investigation of Precision Castpart’s toxic pollution. In 2004, he won the John B. Oakes Award for the most distinguished environmental journalism in the United States for a series of articles on wildlife poaching in the North Pacific Ocean. (The New York Times Magazine and the Los Angeles Times were runners-up for the award that year.) His articles have been published in the Portland Tribune, Grist, Salon, Truthout, The Progressive and Earth Island Journal.

 

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Jessica Applegate, managing editor, is from an old Oregon family with a history of environmental advocacy. Jessica is a founding member of Eastside Portland Air Coalition, a grass roots group that spurred creation of statewide air toxics regulatory overhaul, Cleaner Air Oregon. Jessica was appointed by Governor Brown to the rules advisory committee for Cleaner Air Oregon. Jessica worked collaboratively with other environmental groups resulting in the passage of legislation funding the Department of Environmental Quality.  She is currently an advisory board member for Beyond Toxics in Eugene. Jessica has a master's degree in communication sciences from California State, Northridge.

 

Board of Directors

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Rowan Baker is a former federal fisheries biologist and current aquatic ecosystem conservation specialist.  He has worked for three decades to improve forest, water, and watershed management to ensure protection of streams, rivers, wetlands, riparian areas and native fish.  He participated in two national task force efforts and served on several regional working groups focusing on climate change impacts to freshwater and marine ecosystems.  Prior to his retirement, he was a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Region 1 (OR, WA, ID, HI) Climate Board and Region 1 Science Team.

 
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John W. Haines is the Executive Director of the Community Investment Trust with Mercy Corps Global Innovations Team since Feb. 2018. Previously, he was executive director of Mercy Corps Northwest, the domestic arm of Mercy Corps, for 15 years. From 1997-2002, he was vice president of ShoreBank Pacific, a start-up sustainable development bank in Portland, Oregon. From 1996-97 he was senior finance advisor to the Czech National Environmental Fund in Prague, working for Chemonics. From 1994-95 he was executive director of Trenton Business Assistance Corporation, an economic development loan fund in Trenton, NJ. From 1986-1991 he worked in various corporate banking and commercial lending positions with First Interstate Bank of Oregon (now Wells Fargo Bank). He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and native of Laramie, Wyoming.

 
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Jennifer Jones was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, living (literally) on the Pacific Ocean and playing among the Redwoods. Her intolerance of social and environmental injustice is outweighed only by her dislike of purposefully confusing policy language and agency officials who forget who they really work for. An event coordinator and advocate by trade,  Jennifer works helping older adults transition from their homes into retirement communities.

 
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Ken Margolis has worked for land and water conservation and indigenous rights  throughout a 45 year career. Organizations he has worked for and with include The Nature Conservancy, Ecotrust, The Haisla First Nation, The Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, the Indian Law Resource Center, the Wilburforce Foundation, and the Yukon Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association.

 

 
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Katharine Salzmann is a writer and founding member of Eastside Portland Air Coalition, a grassroots community group that began when high levels of toxic heavy metals were found in her neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Katharine is also working to reform state-wide air quality regulations. She takes particular pleasure in rattling cages at the Department of Environmental Quality and in the state legislature.  She is an avid reader, writer, poet, friend, soul-searcher and rock-flipper with a million questions up her sleeve. Katharine brings her love of the earth, curiosity and passion for inquiry to the Cascadia Media Lab board. She makes her living as a massage therapist.