Terry McConn has been reporting local news in Walla Walla for 35 years.
While news director for KTEL Radio from 1977-1987, McConn reported, wrote and broadcast stories on a wide range of topics affecting the area.
He also anchored a daily television newscast on a local-access cable channel for several years during that period.
McConn was hired by the Union-Bulletin in 1987 to cover crime, Superior Court cases and the Washington State Penitentiary.
He has witnessed three executions at the prison. He also convinced officials in 1996 to allow him to spend a week locked up as an inmate at the institution, resulting in a week-long series.
He continues to report on court cases and coordinate special projects for the newspaper.
A 1974 graduate of Whitman College with a degree in dramatic art, McConn periodically performs in local theatrical productions. He and his wife, Sherry, also occasionally direct live stage shows.
During off-hours, he enjoys spending time with family and watching episodes of vintage TV programs from his extensive DVD collection.
WALLA WALLA — A Benton City man has been handed a time-served sentence for pointing a loaded handgun at a Walla Walla police officer in 2011 while seemingly delusional.
WALLA WALLA — A local man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to leading a Walla Walla police officer on a vehicle chase this month in the southwest part of the city.
WALLA WALLA — Two Spokane residents are set for trial starting Aug. 27 on charges they intentionally left marijuana and chewing tobacco for distribution on the grounds of the Washington State Penitentiary early this month.
WALLA WALLA — A former Washington State Penitentiary employee has been charged with a felony for allegedly having sex with an inmate at the prison in 2008 and 2009.
Joseph W. Starr was sentenced to serve four years.
WALLA WALLA — A 23-year-old area man was sentenced Monday afternoon in Superior Court to four years in prison for having sexual contact last fall with a 13-year-old girl he had just met.
Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle ruled the shooting death a case of self-defense.
WALLA WALLA — A local man who shot and killed a longtime acquaintance who broke into the man’s home in April did so in self-defense, therefore will not be criminally charged for committing the homicide.
WALLA WALLA — A man convicted by a jury last month of 11 criminal charges pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to trying to run from the County Courthouse after the verdicts were announced.
WALLA WALLA — Two Spokane residents were charged Wednesday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court with intentionally leaving marijuana and chewing tobacco for distribution on the grounds of the Washington State Penitentiary this week.
WALLA WALLA — A plea agreement has been reached in a long-standing criminal case against a man accused of pointing a loaded handgun at a Walla Walla police officer in 2011.
WALLA WALLA — The trial for a man accused of dealing in and possessing child pornography has been postponed a second time in Walla Walla County Superior Court.