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.)
Fire crews today are battling a series of blazes in the Umatilla National Forest east of Walla Walla, among wildfires elsewhere in the region that broke out over a simmering weekend.
A heat wave that arrived Friday has broken Walla Walla records for three days running.
Oregon blueberry growers are having one of the earliest harvests in decades, but an oncoming heat wave has pickers scrambling to save what they can from sun damage.
As temperatures head into the hundreds and possibly the record books this weekend, health warnings and burn bans are in the air throughout the Walla Walla Valley.
Two units at Washington State Penitentiary were on lockdown this morning after a large fight Wednesday injured three prisoners.
Washington State Penitentiary workers and local Community Corrections employees are among the thousands of state employees who have received notices they may be temporarily laid off if a new state budget isn’t adopted.
Break out the sunblock and Gatorade. Baking-hot temperatures are due back in town by this weekend.
Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood called on county commissioners Monday to add a full-time deputy coroner to his office.
The City Council on Monday appointed Heather Schermann to fill the open Position 6 seat.
COLLEGE PLACE — The City Council may have two applicants to choose from tonight to fill a vacant Council seat.