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

Open Case Sessions planned for Friday at Charles Smith Wines

Live music, wines and no cover charge will make a soulful combination at Charles Smith Wines as the winery’s live music project, the Open Case Sessions, hits downtown Friday.

Quail Run Retirement plans Mother’s Day Tea

If you remember the days of spring 1965 when Mom would pack a picnic into the “way back” of the station wagon and drive off to the park for an afternoon of memories, you may want to sign up for Quail Run Retirement’s Mother’s Day Tea.

Walla Walla businesses team up for Mother's Day

A cluster of downtown Walla Walla businesses have partnered together on a Mother’s Day giveaway that will have participants and, ultimately a winner, traveling from shop to shop.

HAPO to open second Walla Walla branch at former bank site

From a bank to a credit union, an Isaacs Avenue building will see new life this year.

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Duo tees up eatery at city’s golf course

As the city’s golf course undergoes a revival, it gets a new eatery for hungry linksters.

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Wine tourism business picks up in Valley

With more than 100 tasting rooms, Walla Walla is like the proverbial boat, and wineries are the water. Choose a jumping off point and you can’t help but hit one.

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Vintner realizes fruits of grandpa’s lessons

Grandpa Bontzu was a supporter of sustainable agriculture before it really even had a name.

Strictly - Walla Walla makes list of underrated cities

We know there’s love for Walla Walla. But does it get enough?

Strictly - Haggen makes donation to parks for Earth Day

Bellingham-based grocery chain Haggen is donating more than $40,000 to four national parks in Washington and Oregon in recognition of Earth Day.

Strictly - Amavi to showcase international artist's painting, sculptures

When it comes to winemaking, art may be in the bottles.

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