Vicki Hillhouse

Business reporter


Vicki covers business and economic development, including tourism, the Port of Walla Walla and the Strictly Business column, as well as features. She has been reporting for the Union-Bulletin since late 2001.

A Spokane native, she earned her journalism degree at Eastern Washington University and started her career at a weekly newspaper. She has been on the award-winning U-B teams that have reported on water issues, the community’s Latino heritage and the wind storm of 2008, where she learned the value of generators, battery back-up, and practical shoes after hopping downed tree trunks in four-inch heels.

Outside of work she is more likely to sport wheels, skating for the Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls.

Recent Stories

Wine Alliance to hold fundraising auction

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance has announced a new fundraising auction that will bring one-of-a-kind lots to some of the most devoted wine lovers and raise money for the organization at the same time.

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation lays plans for Halloween

It’s time to plan those scare tactics.

Food Truck Night to ride off into sunset for season Monday

It will be the final serving of Food Truck Night for the season.

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Local businesswomen gather to talk entrepreneurship

Don’t expect Annie Newton to be part of that statistic on women who make less money than their male counterparts in business.

Walla Walla named among most relaxing autumn getaways

What does Walla Walla wine country have in common with Washington’s Bavarian destination and Amish country in Lancaster, Pa.?

Stylist opens salon at site of her start in industry

The opening of an Isaacs Avenue salon has taken the owner back to her roots.

Dental group plans barbecue, fall festival

A Walla Walla dental group will host a Customer Appreciation Barbecue and Fall Festival on Saturday.

Dental practice offers prizes for food-bearing corn maze guests

Guests at the Walla Walla Corn Maze this Sunday will start with a can of food and may leave with a Nintendo 3DS XL.

Realtors, Balloon Stampede link up for food drive

What do you do when the community’s biggest annual food drive lands on the same weekend as the rescheduled hot-air balloon festival?

Haggen Food in major retreat from expansion

Haggen Food & Pharmacy plans to shed 100 more grocery stores it acquired earlier this year in a massive retreat that takes the Bellingham-based business from an area chain to major West Coast grocer and back to a mostly Northwest operation in the span of less than a year.

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