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.)
WALLA WALLA — Average yields and prices are down this year for Eastern Washington wheat.
WALLA WALLA — Fossil fuel trains and education funding were among the topics tackled by state and federal candidates at a Walla Walla forum Wednesday.
WALLA WALLA — Questions ranging from budget cuts to gun control confronted candidates at a forum Wednesday held at Walla Walla Community College.
POMEROY — A reservoir on the Lower Snake River will be lowered this weekend to help with the cleanup of a popular riverside spot trashed by partygoers last week.
COLLEGE PLACE — College Place on Monday joined a growing list of cities and counties that have banned marijuana operations.
COLLEGE PLACE -- College Place tonight joined a growing list of cities and counties that have banned marijuana operations.
POMEROY — A big crowd that created a big mess has closed a popular spot on the Lower Snake River until further notice.
Whether College Place will have recreational marijuana businesses or not could be decided Monday after a public hearing on the topic before the City Council.
DAYTON — Columbia County commissioners Wednesday extended a moratorium on zoning for recreational marijuana operations in the county for another three months.
WALLA WALLA — Speakers at a hearing Tuesday delivered sharply differing opinions on allowing recreational marijuana operations in Walla Walla County.