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 — The state Department of Ecology has fined a beef cattle feeding operation in Wallula for violating air quality rules.
WALLA WALLA — Heated rhetoric and accusations aside, logic and accuracy do play a part in elections.
WALLA WALLA — A Democrat who said he hadn’t been paying attention to who’s running for the Legislative District 16 Position 2 seat has filed as a write-in candidate to challenge incumbent Dayton Republican Terry Nealey.
The state’s nascent recreational marijuana industry appears to have passed a milestone last week.
WALLA WALLA — Three candidates are in the primary race for the Walla Walla County Commission District 3 seat. Ballots for the race, which will be decided Aug. 5, will begin going out today.
COLLEGE PLACE — City Council members and city staff are examining options on how to allow, or not allow, recreational marijuana businesses in College Place.
WALLA WALLA — Tom Cooper readily acknowledges that a knee injury suffered in late 2012 has kept him off full, active duty as a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office sergeant.
WALLA WALLA — Trust in the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is broken and Tom Cooper says he wants to fix it.
For Derek Hayden, the desire to become Walla Walla County coroner is a fusion of many of his life’s studies.
Elected in 2010 after defeating Virginia Romine, Richard Greenwood is running for a second term. He faces College Place chiropractor Derek Hayden and former Coroner Frank Brown. All three are running as Republicans.