Wayne Havrelly is a multiple-Emmy award-winning journalist who grew up in Washougal and worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at stations in Spokane, Orlando, Seattle and Portland.
He’s covered a wide range of stories in his career, including the deadly standoff between the FBI and white separatists at Ruby Ridge in Idaho, deadly wildfires, hurricanes and mass shootings, including the one at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg in 2015. As an investigative reporter, his reports have helped put con artists in jail, changed consumer protection laws and helped recover millions of dollars back to fraud victims.
Wayne left the TV news business a few years back to pursue his passion of playing guitar and singing at local events, tap houses and wineries. But his love of journalism never waned and he’s excited to be putting his skills back to work on a freelance basis as a reporter for KOIN.
“It’s a special place filled with positive energy and people here are passionate about informing people in the Portland area, that’s crucial to me because this is my home,” he said.