Essex Porter

Essex Porter covers government and politics for KIRO TV. He began his broadcast career at KLMS Radio in Lincoln, Nebraska, then served as a television reporter at KETV in Omaha,and KATU in Portland, Oregon before joining KIRO.

He was one of the first reporters on the scene of the Mt. St. Helens volcanic eruption in 1980. He also reported from the scene of the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles in January 1994.

Essex has served as co-anchor of the KIRO Morning News, anchor of KIRO's Puget Sound Business Report, and Eastside Bureau Chief. He has earned three Emmy nominations for his reporting and anchoring.

Essex is a graduate of Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, the University of Nebraska, and the William Benton Fellowship for Broadcast Journalists at the University of Chicago.

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Seattle police join new social network

Seattle police have just joined a new social network that can target public safety messages just to your neighborhoods.  That network is called Nextdoor and it is gaining popularity in Seattle. Its creators say to think of next door as a social network combining aspects of Facebook and Twitter. Is it ...

Socialist council member blasts colleagues for business retreat

Usually the Seattle City Council is in constant sessions during budget season, but come this week you'll find the lights out in the council chambers and the doors locked.  That's because six of the nine council members are off to Suncadia near Cle Elem for the annual Seattle Chamber of Commerce retreat.  With ...

Microsoft CEO spotlights political battle with remarks on women’s pay

Controversial comments on women’s pay from Microsoft’s CEO will have a political impact right in Microsoft's backyard.   That's because two former Microsoft executives are clashing over the seat in the 1st Congressional District, where the company’s headquarters is located.   Democratic congresswoman Suzan DelBene was a corporate vice president ...

Vice President Biden promotes jobs, fundraising during visit

At Renton Technical College, Vice President Joe Biden got to meet some of the students federal jobs money will support.   Renton Tech is getting $1.2 million to help 255 students learn skills like heating and air conditioning or property maintenance.  Statewide, $10 million will help 1,900 students.   Asked what he is ...

Successful fundraiser keeps teacher at West Seattle school

Parents at West Seattle’s Gatewood Elementary had just a week to raise the $90,000 necessary to keep a beloved teacher from been transferred away to a more crowded school. Nicole Sipila helped lead the effort and has barely slept since last Thursday. But she wouldn’t fully believe they had succeeded ...

Harborview volunteers to treat possible Ebola patients

Health officials announced that Harborview Medical Center has volunteered to accept American Ebola patients who have to be evacuated from West Africa. That makes Harborview the fifth hospital in the nation to be so designated. At a news conference Monday morning, officials said Harborview is not only ready to manage a ...

No surprise if Ebola arrives in King County

Health authorities are putting in place plans to contain the Ebola virus, if it comes to western Washington. And that’s likely because the Puget Sound Region is one of the crossroads of world travel and commerce. "It could happen at one time or another and it wouldn’t be surprising if ...

Governor Inslee with Democratic Senators Announcing Plan to require birth control in medical insurance plans.

State Democrats Launch New Plan to Fight Hobby Lobby Decision

  Washington Democrats launched a new battle over birth control Thursday.         State senators and Gov. Jay Inslee say they've found a way around the Supreme Court's controversial Hobby Lobby decision.         Final construction is underway at the new Hobby Lobby store at 132nd and Aurora Avenue North in Seattle. The Hobby Lobby website says it is scheduled to ...

Gov. Inslee wants oil trains to slow down

If you think you're seeing more oil and coal trains running through your town the governor's new report on oil train risk provides the numbers to back that up. It found an increase of more than 10,000 carloads of oil and coal between 2007 and 2012. When we saw the ...

Crews battle 2-alarm building fire in Fremont

Cleanup after a massive fire at a Fremont plant containing hazardous materials will take days at the site, and perhaps weeks in the area around it, officials said Tuesday. The fire, which started at about 12:50 p.m. at the Asko Processing plant on North 35th Street, caused a huge black ...

 
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