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 — County commissioners have agreed to notify the county assessor of plans to seek a property tax increase for the county’s general fund.
WALLA WALLA — Highways were closed, school canceled and numerous collisions reported after freezing rain coated roadways with ice today.
WALLA WALLA — Talk about a “good news, bad news” scenario.
WALLA WALLA — A lawsuit and a criminal investigation are underway following the discovery that thousands of gallons of aviation fuel are missing from Walla Walla Regional Airport.
WALLA WALLA — As the annual budget deadline approaches, Walla Walla County officials met Thursday to find ways to close a $1 million gap in the county’s 2015 budget.
WALLA WALLA — The sudden onset of freezing temperatures can put and end to some late-blooming gardens, but this week’s plunge isn’t likely to harm the Valley’s vineyards.
WALLA WALLA — Incumbent candidates for Walla Walla County offices appear headed back to office after Tuesday's election.
WALLA WALLA — The two candidates in the hotly contested race for Walla Walla County Sheriff were neither declaring victory nor conceding defeat this morning.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County is poised to become the fourth county in Washington state to ban recreational marijuana operations following a vote Monday by county commissioners.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County was poised to become the fourth county in Washington state to ban recreational marijuana operations after a vote today by county commissioners.