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 — Organizations in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties have been granted more than $1.25 million for regional salmon recovery projects.
COLLEGE PLACE — The City Council Monday moved to close the city’s Municipal Court and contract its cases to Walla Walla County District Court.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners continued a public hearing on the county’s 2014 budget a second time Monday.
Potential retailers would sell brands like ‘Lucious Leaf’ and ‘Dynamite Relief’.
Two groups argued whether prisons should be made private enterprises.
WALLA WALLA — The debate over privatizing U.S. prisons probably never had participants as involved as these.
WALLA WALLA — Baby, it’s cold outside. And it’s going to get colder.
Needs are outstripping resources, according to the Veterans Advisory Board.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners held off approval of the county’s 2014 budget Monday, resolving to return to the matter next week.
WALLA WALLA — November, the last full month of autumn, delivered its share of bone-chilling days and nights, but at the end came up way short for rainfall.
A psychologist compiled a slang dictionary ‘on-the-Erie’ while working at the penitentiary.
The digital revolution hasn’t harmed a traditional Walla Walla card illustrator.