Terry McConn

Courts/Special Projects reporter


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.

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Panorama - Walla Walla Extravaganzas

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Historical perspective - Walla Walla-paloozas nothing new

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Luring suspect ruled incompetent for trial

A mental examination has concluded a Denver man isn’t competent to stand trial on criminal charges he tried to arrange sex for pay with an underage girl in Walla Walla in January, then lured a different girl he encountered downtown.

Trial delayed in motorcycle eluding case

This week’s trial of a motorcyclist accused of leading police in a pursuit in Walla Walla in February and other crimes is being postponed in Superior Court.

Man pleads guilty to child rape in Walla Walla County

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Judge declines to dismiss case against choir director

Walla Walla County District Court Judge Kristian Hedine has denied a defense motion to dismiss criminal charges against a community music leader accused of exposing himself twice at Walla Walla High School this year when he was the choir teacher there.

Man pleads guilty to reduced charge for eluding police

A Walla Walla man accused of leading police on a vehicle chase in the city last month pleaded guilty this morning in Superior Court to a reduced charge.

Beckner faces charges of possessing child porn

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Drive-by shooting trial rescheduled

Next week’s scheduled trial for two men accused of involvement in a gang-related, drive-by shooting last spring on West Chestnut Street is being postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Man accused of choking child faces felony charges

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