Ben Wentz

Sports copy editor, reporter


Ben Wentz covers education and sports for the Union-Bulletin. He is a 2009 Washington State grad and a fan of Cougar athletics. In his spare time, Ben likes to think about exercising when watching TV. He has a wife named Shayla, a daughter named Jackie and a son named Jimmy.

Ben’s family never could decide which area of the U.S. it liked the most. As a result, he has lived in Georgia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, California and now Washington. His parents have since moved to L.A., then back to Georgia, and now reside in Chicago. He hopes he can stay in the Pacific Northwest — although the weather was great in California. Yes, better than Walla Walla. Sorry.

Recent Stories

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Walla Walla High School bond supporters take to the streets (with video)

WALLA WALLA — About 40 people marched along Main Street Thursday afternoon in a demonstration to support the bond proposal to build a new science building at Walla Walla High School.

Walla Walla school superintendent not chosen for job on West side

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School District Superintendent Mick Miller turned out to be the second choice for a new job as superintendent of Shoreline School District.

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Teachers, staff make their pitch for bond

Open houses, including one Monday, aim to show voters needs at Wa-Hi.

Walla Walla superintendent a finalist for job on West side

WALLA WALLA — Public schools Superintendent Mick Miller is one of two finalists for Shoreline School District’s vacant superintendent position, Shoreline announced Monday.

Costs compared for Wa-Hi, state construction

While the Walla Walla High School project would be about 9 percent more than the state average, it is attributed to the complexity of a stand-alone science facility.

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Teacher at Juvenile Justice Center battles through hearing problems

She is able to function with a hearing iplant, a high-powered hearing aid and some lip-reading.

When Donna Coffeen first began teaching at the Juvenile Justice Center in 1998, she wasn’t sure it was the right fit. Then a stay-at-home mom, Coffeen was recruited by a friend to teach at the JJC after volunteering with the Diversion program, which aims to keep low-level youth offenders out of jail. At first it was touch-and-go, Coffeen said.

Class gives juvenile offenders a chance

Education, especially learning to read, can 'stabilize people who are unstable.'

WALLA WALLA — Since 1998 Donna Coffeen has taught some of Walla Walla’s most vulnerable children at the Juvenile Justice Center. Children who may have fled abusive homes and gotten into trouble with the law, or who may have looked for comfort in drugs or alcohol, or who may have found gang life irresistible.

Bond election will cost district $20,000 to $25,000

WALLA WALLA — Running bond elections, or any election for that matter, is not cheap.

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Wa-Hi science building to go to voters

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board on Thursday passed a resolution to put a $10.2 million bond to build a new science building at Walla Walla High School before voters in the April 22 special election.

Walla Walla School Board votes to put $10.2 million bond on April ballot

WALLA WALLA — By a vote of 4-1 the Walla Walla School Board passed a resolution to put a $10.2 million bond to build a new science building at Walla Walla High School before voters in this April’s special election on Thursday afternoon.

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