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 — Creating regulations for growing, processing and selling marijuana doesn’t promise to be easy, Walla Walla County planners were told Thursday.
WALLA WALLA — A combination of melting snow in the mountains and widespread rain expected Wednesday have prompted a flood watch for Central and Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon.
WALLA WALLA — New ways of communicating are spurring new improvements in Walla Walla County’s E-911 system.
WALLA WALLA — Former County Coroner Stephen Ames has announced he will run for the Walla Walla County Commission District 3 seat, which is up for election this year.
WALLA WALLA — Last month’s storms have eased drought worries, but Washington state’s drought committee is still meeting just in case.
WALLA WALLA — February’s icy weather has carried right into March, which is living up to its “in like a lion” reputation. Whether it goes out like a lamb remains to be seen.
People who want to comment will have to wait until a formal public hearing is scheduled.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners today approved a reorganization of appointed positions in the Sheriff’s Office, but with changes after several meeting on the issue.
The Charlie Daniels Band will headline the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days concert, with an opening performance by Southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band.
WALLA WALLA — Bethany Voss has been named queen for this year’s Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days, which begins in August.