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.

Recent Stories

Idaho escapee gets jail time in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — A second convict who fled an Idaho prison early this year has been sentenced in Walla Walla County Superior Court for crimes he committed on the lam before he was captured near Touchet.

College Place man pleads guilty in eluding case

WALLA WALLA — An area man faces about two years in prison after admitting he led law enforcement on a vehicle chase south of Walla Walla in September.

Walla Walla man pleads guilty to riot in Eastgate attack case

WALLA WALLA — A local man entered a guilty plea Monday afternoon in Superior Court in connection with an attack on two men outside an Eastgate restaurant last May.

Man pleads guilty in burglary, attack cases

WALLA WALLA — An area man has pleaded guilty in two criminal cases filed against him in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Man pleads innocent in Walla Walla rape case

WALLA WALLA — A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to raping an 18-year-old female acquaintance in November 2012.

Rape trial postponed to June

WALLA WALLA — Next week’s trial of a man accused of raping a woman at his residence in February has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Eluding trial to start after defendant gets treatment

WALLA WALLA — A man suspected of being highly intoxicated and leading law enforcement on a vehicle chase along numerous streets in Waitsburg last month pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to two criminal charges.

Man gets prison time for Waitsburg home robbery

WALLA WALLA — A man with an extensive criminal record has been ordered to serve two years and five months in prison for stealing from an elderly Waitsburg resident in what officials said was a home-invasion robbery in October.

Successful appeal spells earlier release for woman in cyberstalking, threats case

Kathy A. Hendrickson was resentenced after three of the 10 crimes of which she was convicted were thrown out.

WALLA WALLA — A woman who in 2011 started serving a seven-year prison term for crimes such as cyberstalking and making bomb threats is nearing the end of her incarceration as the result of a successful appeal.

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Appeals court orders new trial in Walla Walla murder case

The state appeals court said locking the door during the trial denied Benito Gomez a public trial.

WALLA WALLA — The state Court of Appeals has granted a new trial for a man serving life in prison for murdering a rival gang member and shooting at other people in a 2011 confrontation in an alley in the west end of Walla Walla.

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