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 Sheriff’s Patrol Sgt. Tom Cooper, who opposed Sheriff John Turner in the 2014 race for the office, has been dismissed from his job.
The City Council will hold a special meeting Monday to interview candidates for a vacant Council seat.
A narrow focus shifted to a wider angle after three Whitman College students went to prison.
Two housing units at the Washington State Penitentiary are on lockdown today after a major fight erupted Wednesday.
A committee to review information on a proposal to split the County Jail away from the Sheriff’s Office held its first meeting Tuesday, the first of several it will hold.
State legislators have approved a new law to help protect small businesses from “patent trolls.”
After hearing protests from elected officials, Walla Walla County commissioners today voted 2-1 to rescind a 20 percent pay raise they approved last week for the sheriff’s chief administrative deputy.
Requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the Patent Troll Prevention Act will help shield businesses from predatory and bad faith patent infringement claims and demands. The bill passed the Senate 41-6 in February and was approved Monday by a 94-3 vote in the House. It can now be signed by the governor.
Washington state’s wildfire season is underway and officials say danger signs are already showing.
Walla Walla County commissioners did an about-face Monday on a pay raise they denied last year for Sheriff John Turner’s chief administrative deputy.