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Terry was born in Ingersoll, near London, Ontario, Canada, and studied journalism at Mohawk College in Hamilton, before landing his first job as a sportswriter at a suburban newspaper in Dundas, Ontario, in 1973.
One of his earliest memories, however, is of stacking freshly printed newspapers in the pressroom at his father’s weekly newspaper in Tilbury, Ontario, near Windsor. He estimates he was no older than six or seven at the time.
He eventually returned to the family business, purchasing his father’s two newspapers in Tilbury and Belle River, and launching a third in nearby Tecumseh. He was also a founding partner in a very successful shoppers’ paper in Chatham. His newspapers were sold in 1994, and the following year he moved his family to western Canada.
He is the recipient of several national and provincial awards for his writing, twice winning best editorial in Canada and best column in Ontario from the national and provincial community newspaper associations.
You can read some of Terry's columns, current and past, on his blog, The McConnell Essays.
After his arrival in Edmonton in 1995, Terry McConnell became one of the city’s most widely read journalists.
His columns, published in the Edmonton Journal six times a week, reached an audience of up to a quarter of a million people. One of his columns, Telescope, was also picked up by Florida’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and continues to be available on that paper's website.
He also maintains the Telescope and Venting columns he created for The Journal at http://venting.ca
In 2009, Terry co-authored I'd Trade Him Again: On Gretzky, Politics and the Pursuit of the Perfect Deal, in co-operation with former Edmonton Oilers owner and entrepreneur Peter Pocklington and fellow journalist J'lyn Nye.
Terry and his family live in Riverdale, one of Edmonton’s historic river valley neighbourhoods, not far from the city centre. He is the proud father of five children, and grandfather of four. A retired hockey goalie, he remains an avid curler in the winter and enjoys gardening and camping in the summer.