Maria P. Gonzalez

Education reporter


Maria del Pilar Gonzalez first joined the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin in 2002 through the Blethen Family Minority Internship program. After six month reporting on general news, Maria rotated to newspapers in Yakima and Seattle — but always retained fond memories of living and working in Walla Walla.

In 2006, Maria was hired as the new full-time education and emergency services reporter at the U-B. She packed up her family and settled in. She was part of the award-winning projects of stories on domestic violence and Latino heritage in the Valley, while also keeping up to date on local school districts and breaking news. Five years and three children later, Maria now covers education part time.

When not shuffling children around or visiting local schools, Maria dabbles in sewing projects, dusts off her flute from time to time and is determined to grow a thriving garden. Maria is married to U-B Online Services Manager Carlos Virgen.

Recent Stories

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For Garrison science students, weather balloon project is an uplifting experience

A more than month-long exploration of space and sciences culminated June when 20 Garrison Middle School students saw their hard work float up and away.

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Panel: Demolish Lincoln High and build new school on site

WALLA WALLA — A panel has recommended tearing down Lincoln High School and building a new facility at the current site.

Study: Build new Lincoln High on current WW site

The Walla Walla school, originally built in 1927, is in serious need of upgrades.

WALLA WALLA — A committee that has been studying the facility needs at Lincoln High School the past few months has concluded it is best to build a new school, but stay at the school’s current site.

DeSales to host 4-year Chinese students

The high school plans to eventually have about a dozen students from China attend the high school.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales Catholic High School is welcoming three Chinese students this fall as part of an outreach effort almost two years in the making.

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Latinas see chance to be stars in science

Twenty Latinas have climbed aboard Garrison’s Space Project.

No simple answer for lack of Latinas in STEM fields

WALLA WALLA — The under-representation of Hispanic girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers is a challenge being tackled locally.

Hispanic educator to lead Garrison

The School Board also hired Ted Cohan as executive director for business services.

Updated: Voters pass Milton-Freewater school funding measure

MILTON-FREEWATER — After more than a decade of failed school funding measures, voters Tuesday approved a local option levy that will help fund programming and maintenance in Milton-Freewater School District schools over the next five years.

Education funding measure passes in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — Area resident have approved a local option levy that will help fund programming and maintenance in Milton-Freewater School District schools over the next five years.

Milton-Freewater grant helps police patrol schools

The school district-sought grant pays for mobile data systems in city patrol cars.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater police will now have mobile data systems and laptop computers in their patrol cars to assist with tackling crime in the city.

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