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.

Latest from Essex Porter

Washington gov. signs overhaul of medical marijuana market

Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot. KIRO 7 ...

New emergency radio system on King County ballot

When police and firefighters responded to the Seattle Pacific University shooting last June their radios worked well -- outside the buildings. But when we visited the Seattle Police Department dispatch center Wednesday, we learned that 911 operators had trouble making contact with officers who went inside buildings to rescue victims. ...

City of Seattle making changes to alleyways

Drug dealers were taking advantage of newspaper boxes and benches on 3rd Avenue between Pike and Pine.  Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas says those are gone, and this is just the beginning of the city’s plans for using both policing and the changes in the physical environment to fight entrenched drug ...

KEXP ready to move but has to find ways to raise funds after sudden cut

Public radio station KEXP may broadcast out of Seattle, but its influence is global.  This is where Kurt Cobain and later Macklemore first got their music heard. “We don't focus on the familiar or play the hits. Our job is to bring these emerging artists who deserve to be heard ...

Late-night text tries to pick your pocket

Thousands of people in our state got a late-night buzz on their cellphones Wednesday from a text message trying to pick their pockets. “I thought it was kind of odd; I just simply deleted it because it didn't make any sense,” said Boeing Employee Credit Union customer Phil Kneedler. It ...

New program leads to less crime in Belltown

Keeping low-level criminals out of jail is working to improve the quality of life in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. That's the conclusion of a new study of the Law Enforcement AssistedDiversion program. Misti Barrickman spent nine years on Belltown streets, homeless and buying drugs, before she was accepted into LEAD. “I'm ...

Cantwell pushes for oil train safety sooner

Oil trains carry their hazardous cargo right through Downtown Seattle, and Senator Maria Cantwell said no one is moving fast enough to make the cars safer. There were four spectacular oil train accidents in February of this year -- this one in West Virginia. “I think just going through such ...

Agreement paves way for Bellevue Light Rail

Sound Transit and the city of Bellevue finalized their agreement to make the construction of East Link Light Rail go smoothly on Monday. “Light rail has proven to be the best way to cut through traffic for thousands of commuters going each direction between Seattle and the East Side,” said ...

Amazon rival may set up in Seattle

Quick Facts:  Alibaba is a Chinese e-commerce company There is talk of its U.S. headquarters coming to Seattle Company has 13 million transactions daily Amazon is a big Alibaba competitor When you are walking in downtown Seattle, you might never notice when you are walking right past of offices of ...

Today at the headquarters of the immigrant advocacy group OneAmerica, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the Obama administration will expand access to the special T and U visas available to victims of sex or labor trafficking.

New help for abused immigrants

 A 34-year-old woman doesn't want her teenage daughter to know what she has been through.  “I don't have any rest, everyday I'm working, and then since I get up until midnight in the evening I'm still working there,” she said in an interview. She is going by the name Ariane ...

 
 
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