Rick Portier


Baton Rouge, La.

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

  Santa’s Baton Rouge workshop prepares for the season

  Unhappy Meal? Woman booked after McDonald’s mayhem

  Former LSU punter helping incoming college freshman hoping to make LSU’s roster with new training device

  From the obstacle course race to the fitness magazine, Husser athlete hopes to be named Ms Health and Fitness

  Soccer fans revel in USA win against France at The Londoner

  Young musicians learn to improvise at summer jazz camp

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Symphony of sawdust keeps uniquely Cajun sound in tune

  Boy with cerebral palsy treated to fishing trip of a lifetime off Louisiana’s coast

How to get started with obstacle course racing

  War veterans get ‘dream flight’ thanks to Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation

  Holden powerlifter beats cancer to win state title

  Woman who lost hands, feet to septic shock learning how to dance again

  La. man celebrates 50th anniversary of world record flight

  Flies may be the answer to waste problems at LSU

  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