Rick is editor of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. He joined the staff in 1984. Rick served as a judge for the Pulitzer Prize for four years and received the National Freedom of the Press Award in 1990 from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
He was born and raised in a small agriculture community in Illinois, about 65 miles north of St. Louis. He graduated in 1976 from School of the Ozarks (now known as College of the Ozarks), just outside Branson, Mo.
Before coming to Walla Walla, he worked at the Louisiana (Mo.) Press-Journal, a twice-a-week paper, and at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. In his nearly eight years in Springfield, he worked as a reporter, copy editor, news editor and sports editor. His hobbies include music, golf, baseball and collecting comic books. He and Carla were married in 1976 and have three grown children (Richard, Cara and Shannon) and have one grandson (Steven).
It’s amazing how many important and interesting things can be crammed into a year.
The number of days in a year doesn't change (except for Leap Year), but every year the months seem to go by faster. It is already time for readers to cast your ballots for the Top 10 stories of the year.This is the 19th year we have had re
Suicide. Few words can rip out the heart of a family like this one. Death is always an emotional time, but the turmoil and mental anguish surrounding this act hits family members and friends like a Mike Tyson blow to the midsection. They can't breathe. Th
Once again the calendar has rolled toward the end of the year and it's time for the 18th annual ranking by readers of the Top 10 stories of the year.Each year it gets harder and harder to keep the number of possibilities to a manageable level. This year t
It would be hard to find any local election that has generated the interest and concern that have surrounded the race for Walla Walla County sheriff.It is not uncommon in hotly contested races for allegations to be made. Until recently in the sheriff's ra
Two comic strips that deal with the ups and downs of life -- For Better or Worse and The Born Loser -- were the big winners in the balloting to expand the Union-Bulletin's comics page.
Problem-solving is one of the most interesting facets of being an editor. At times it's like working on a jigsaw puzzle without any picture to go by.
I used to wonder what would possess an editor to wade deeply into the treacherous waters of syndicated comic strips. Why would anyone voluntarily risk the possible ire of readers who have become accustomed to reading certain comics day after day and year
It's always interesting to see how readers rank the importance of stories. For 2009, the message brought back the old political slogan loud and clear: It's the economy, stupid.This is the 17th year readers have weighed in on how they saw the situation. T
I keep thinking that one of these days the year will go by a little slower. I can’t believe another year is just about in the books.