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

Bait and tackle store struggling to keep up with demand as more people fishing during pandemic

  500th coronavirus patient leaves Baton Rouge General Mid-City

  La. governor’s restrictions on public gatherings leave summer camps in limbo

  Teachers share their COVID-19 distance learning experiences

  Chemistry student stuck on campus fills empty dorm with music

  Class of 2020 missing out on milestones due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Recovering addicts face particularly challenging circumstances during COVID-19 pandemic

  Baton Rouge brewery gets creative amid coronavirus pandemic

  Owner of Greek restaurant that just reopened post-2016 flood trying to make ends meet amid coronavirus

  LSU Veterinary School steps up to create COVID-19 tests

  Why one La. restaurant owner lets couple dine in during coronavirus shutdown

  New tech, old school methods come together to keep people fit while gyms remain closed

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Blacksmithing star forging weapons in Loranger


  Daycare surprises soldier returning from Middle East as he picks up his 5-year-old daughter

  Scamming the Scammer: How an LSU fan turned the tables on someone selling fake tickets

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Candyman from Jackson makes sweet Christmas treats

  Volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul prepare for annual Christmas Day meal

SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge man hand sews bow ties to jazz up men’s wardrobes

  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