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

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Greenwell Springs Youth Riders


  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Hammond gym owner uses CrossFit as a lesson for youth

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge woman runs 50 miles to raise money for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

  Showcasing Louisiana: Profiles in Black History

  Showcasing Louisiana: King Cakes

Showcasing Louisiana: The Cajun Pig

  Showcasing Louisiana: Night painter

  Showcasing Louisiana: Abandoned places

  103-year-old survivor of Spanish Flu pandemic receives COVID-19 vaccine in Baton Rouge


  Catholic High athlete gets new outlook on life from LSU School of Engineering

  Baker family’s Christmas a lot brighter thanks to outpouring of help from community

  How one couple is safely celebrating Christmas with 104 family members


  That’s a lot of pancakes!

  Bald eagle nursed back to health at LSU vet school ready to be released back into the wild

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Owner of Red Stick Spice Company draws inspiration from her mother

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Mr. Milkshake creates art in a cup

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: 94-year-old woman works through pandemic serving lunch at Baton Rouge grocery store

  Trailer containing lifelong works stolen from elderly artist’s home in Magnolia Woods neighborhood

  Doctors said he wouldn’t be able to move his feet again after he was shot in the spine. A year later, he’s walking.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Metairie artist makes unique Mardi Gras throws

  Baton Rouge area residents are one step closer to a quicker commute, mayor says

  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