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

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Local businesses break out of the box to attract GOTR throngs

Downtown Walla Walla is beginning its transformation to reflect the pending British Invasion. The Aug. 13-15 festival that will bring about 30 musical acts to three stages, and a load of other things to do and see with it, is also known for a decorating contest among merchants.

Milton-Freewater puts kibosh on strip club

MILTON-FREEWATER — The proposed Night Moves adult entertainment business may not see the proverbial light of day.

Nominations sought to laud employers for those with disabilities

Know of an employer who goes the extra mile to hire those with disabilities?

Longtime appraiser wins lifetime achievement award

Walla Walla real estate appraiser John “Jack” Fredrickson earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Appraisal Institute during the operation’s annual meeting Wednesday in Dallas.

Strip club aims for Saturday opening in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — A place where women formerly pumped up is being transformed into a place where they strip down.

Fish Fry to mix with monkey business Friday

When is a fish fry more than a fish fry?

Walla Walla dentist to offer free services to vets Friday

Dr. Dan Laizure will extend free dental services to veterans Friday during a special event at Walla Walla Dental Care.

Jimmy John’s sandwich shop rolling into Walla Walla this fall

If the site of a new Jimmy John’s on Rose Street has your appetite building for fresh, cold-style sandwiches, take heed.

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Walla Walla tourism agency rebrands

Tourism’s still the game. But from here on out, it won’t be part of the name.

Walla Walla brew pub wins acclaim for IPA

A Walla Walla brew named for those behind bars earned a medal during the Washington Beer Awards.

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