Andy Porter has been a reporter and photographer for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin since 2000.
And, yes, he’s used to being called “Porter the reporter.” (He also has the same initials as the Associated Press, which doesn’t help matters.)
After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in journalism, Andy worked for many years as a reporter in New Mexico while picking up a permanent sunburn.
Seeking a change in the weather, he moved to Coos Bay, Ore., and after several years there then made his way to Walla Walla.
At the Union-Bulletin, Andy covers Walla Walla County, the city of College Place, the Washington State Penitentiary, agriculture, the environment and just about anything else that walks in the door.
Some of the highlights of his career include covering the first and only landing of a space shuttle at White Sands Missile Range, the shipwreck of the New Carissa, getting to drive a Coast Guard rescue boat and, most recently, accepting a ride with Lt. Col. John Klatt, a person who flies airplanes upside down, straight up, straight down and occasionally sideways. (With some pride, Andy notes the airsickness bag was not needed. He was pretty loopy for the rest of the day though.)
Although hailed by some, critics are trashing a plan by Gov. Jay Inslee to tax state industries for their greenhouse gas emissions.
Two Walla Walla County agencies with “emergency” in their titles have new bosses.
he longtime general manager of the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, Cory Hewitt, has announced her retirement.
A major expansion project by the Walla Walla County Rural Library District is proceeding, just not as initially planned.
WALLA WALLA — Winds whipping through the Walla Walla area Thursday toppled trees, blocked roads and cut power to thousands of customers.
WALLA WALLA — Talk about your ups and downs.
WALLA WALLA — A man could face up to 8½ years in prison for possessing child pornography.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners voted Monday to continue discussion of the 2015 budget until next week to allow the county Auditor’s Office to add last-minute changes.
WALLA WALLA — A man who was drunk as he led police on a vehicle chase in Waitsburg earlier this year was sentenced Monday.
When he was 14-years old, Carl Jantz used his earnings from delivering the Union-Bulletin newspaper to buy his first four-wheel-drive ride, a 1964 Scout.