Joel Porter

Weather/Anchor/Reporter

Joel Porter
Joel Porter
Weather/Anchor/Reporter
This is Joel’s first experience in the Pacific Northwest. He moved to Oregon back in January from North Dakota. While there, he studied Mass Communication at NDSU and worked at stations in Grand Forks and Bismarck as a reporter, photojournalist and morning news anchor.

When he’s not working, you can find this accomplished chili chef busy at work in his garden, bargain hunting at garage sales, or traveling to towns all over the state in search of the finest cheeseburger. Joel enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, cooking and clam digging.

You can watch his travel series All in a Day’s Drive every Wednesday at 6 am, and Joel in the Garden every Thursday at 6 am on Newssource Today.

Recent stories by Joel Porter

About KMTR TV A Day's Drive to 'dessert'-ed locales for Thanksgiving A Day's Drive to 'dessert'-ed locales for Thanksgiving (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Right now, families are finalizing plans for their Thanksgiving feasts.

But cooking for an extended family can take all day, which is why you can save time by picking up your dessert ahead of time.

And there are three nearby bakeries where you can order up a warm pie in time for Thanksgiving.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Mossy roofs + Clogged gutters = Fall chores Mossy roofs + Clogged gutters = Fall chores (Video)
Right now, homeowners have a few unpleasant chores to deal with in the yard.

A cool, wet November means clogged gutters and moss on the roof.

And putting off those jobs could cost you some serious money.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV Scaring up something to eat in Eugene Scaring up something to eat in Eugene (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The restaurant business is a cutthroat world where hungry customers with short attention spans have endless choices of sizzling entrees.

But sometimes, the name of the eatery alone can be enough to attract a few curious diners.

And there are at least three Eugene restaurants that sound frightening, but each serves up something unique.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV 'A smooth salsa with good spice and a lot of flavor' 'A smooth salsa with good spice and a lot of flavor' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Right now, most gardeners are cleaning up their yards and vegetable patches.

But if you have a few pounds worth of tomatoes that never turned red, you don't have to throw them out.

This week in the garden, we'll turn those green tomatoes into a spicy snack.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV 'You have an entrance into the political process' 'You have an entrance into the political process' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Oregon voters have decided who they want to send to Salem in just a few months.

But no matter what side of the aisle you're on, you may enjoy seeing the place where the yays and nays of Oregon laws are counted at the state Capitol.

During the week of the election, there's very little traffic in Salem, which makes the state Capitol anything but crowded.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Halloween in Eugene: 'Have an ice cream sundae; carve a pumpkin' Halloween in Eugene: 'Have an ice cream sundae; carve a pumpkin' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A great big gourd that tips the scales at more than a thousand pounds is one of a few pumpkins at Fifth Street Public Market that'll go under the knife starting this weekend.

“One of our pumpkins is going to be Frankenstein this year,” Marketing Director Marissa Ooyevaar said. “Another one, as soon as one of our carvers saw it, he said, 'this looks like a pig.’”

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV 'The worst thing you can do in gardening in this area is leave your soil exposed for winter' 'The worst thing you can do in gardening in this area is leave your soil exposed for winter' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Right now, gardeners are still picking a few fresh veggies.

But as the nights get colder, it's time to plan for winter.

This week in the garden, we'll talk about some things you can add now to give your garden a boost over the winter.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV Canning and pickling: 'It's not difficult to do, but it's a science' Canning and pickling: 'It's not difficult to do, but it's a science' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A warm summer is giving gardeners plenty of produce to pick right now.

But unless you give it away, you likely won't be able to eat as much as you pick.

That’s why many gardeners are getting started on preserving their harvest.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV 'Affordable family fun' in Corvallis 'Affordable family fun' in Corvallis (Photo Gallery) (Video)
With just a few weeks left before kids have to head back to school, you can't blame families for wanting to soak up every last minute of summer.

You don't have to venture far to find some cheap summer fun in Corvallis.

In fact, you don't even have to leave town.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Summer! Time to plan for fall in the garden Summer! Time to plan for fall in the garden (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Fall seems like a long way off in the midst of our July heat.

But garden experts say right now is prime time to figure out what you want to harvest come October.

This week in the garden, we'll tell you why now is a such a good time to start planning for fall.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV All in a Day's Drive: Make the most of Cottage Grove All in a Day's Drive: Make the most of Cottage Grove (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Kids and families will go just about anywhere on a hot day if it means cooling off. And if you're near Cottage Grove, there are plenty of places where you can do just that.

In the July heat, people will find just about any excuse to find some morning fresh air, even if that means stopping to sample a few blueberries.

“An excellent break. I needed some exercise, I needed out of the car,” Dove Kimball said with a laugh. Kimball and her mother are traveling back to Caldwell, Idaho after spending time on the Oregon coast.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.