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 — Walla Walla County commissioners opened discussion Monday of setting elected officials’ salaries for 2015, noting that any increases may be a tough sell to voters.
WALLA WALLA — One person was found dead following a fire at a residence in Walla Walla early Sunday.
WALLA WALLA — The Diversity Day Multicultural Festival will live to celebrate another day.
WALLA WALLA — A bevy of federal, state and local officials turned out Tuesday to dedicate a new facility that will provide medical care to hundreds of local veterans.
MILTON-FREEWATER — A man who was given what officials said was a “last chance” at rehabilitation in 2012 was arrested Tuesday after a high-speed pursuit from Athena to Milton-Freewater.
COLLEGE PLACE — The City Council Monday decided to begin the search for applicants to fill the vacant mayor’s position.
Although the fighting was almost a continent away, Walla Walla wasn’t left untouched by one of the defining moments in U.S. history.
WALLA WALLA — A man who committed a crime to get into jail and then fled from the County Courthouse following an appearance last month has pleaded guilty to vandalism and escape charges.
WALLA WALLA — A driver involved in a 2012 head-on crash on U.S. Highway 12 that killed two people faces homicide charges.
WALLA WALLA — A change to a new software system has been causing problems with people doing property tax searches on the Walla Walla County Assessor’s website.