Andy Porter



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.)

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