Rick Portier

Rick Portier is a videographer and feature reporter for WAFB 9News. He started with the company in 2006.

“’If you didn't get some on you, you ain't close enough.’ One of my first TV mentors told me that when I worked in Mobile in the early 1990's,” he said. “As a photojournalist, I thought Steve Baker was talking about the grime and muck we cover so often. As I bounced from station to station along the Gulf Coast, I realized Steve was on to something much more.

“It's something they don't teach in J-School,” he added. “To tell someone's story, you have to open yourself up to who they are, what they have experienced, their passion, their pain. Face it, when I show up on someone's doorstep with a camera, it's either the best or the worst day of their life.”

Over more than 30 years in news, Rick has spent time with presidents, movie stars, soccer mom, and janitors.

“Personally, I'd rather hang out with the janitor than the president -- any president,” he said. “The janitor has better stories, and he tells them without a focus group.”

Rick moved to Baton Rouge in 1997 with his wife and kids so they could be closer to their families in Thibodaux. In 2008, he added Sometime Reporter to his job title.

“The station, and the city have given me a chance to help tell some incredible stories,” he said. “Some have won awards, and I'm grateful that others have recognized my work. In my eyes though, they're not my stories. They belong to the people who told them. I merely helped get them on television.

“Journalism is a dirty job. The hours are lousy. But the people are some of the best in the world. I can’t imagine doing anything else. If I show up on your doorstep with a camera, I hope it’s because you hit the lottery.”


Recent Articles by Rick

  Valentine’s Day marks beginning of largemouth bass spawning in the heart of Louisiana

Denham Springs businessman starts program to help feed homeless

La. inmates help rehabilitate dogs rescued from South Korean slaughterhouse

Baton Rouge gets hyped ahead of Saints NFC Championship game

JROTC cadets teach seniors how to use their cell phones

Cancer patients learn to find blessings in brokenness

PAWS program takes dogs from shelter to service for veterans with PTSD

Drummer realizes dream on the football field

So what exactly is in pumpkin spice?

Local farmer to keep the ghouls away with creepy crop

Kavanaugh Supreme Court Confirmation: How did we get so angry?

Amputees play exhibition volleyball match to raise awareness

World War II letters found in woods in safe near Slaughter

Meet R-2, BREC's new field-painting robot

Grandmas in punk rock band challenge perceptions on aging

50 years after near extinction Louisiana's brown pelican population exceeds 100K

Woman keeping tradition of Louisiana Hot Sauce alive

Fundraiser held to help revitalize popular malt shop in Morganza

New Roads holds annual boat parade for Independence Day

Lutcher High girls to compete in Africa in weightlifting