Terry Chick rode into the Tri-Cities on Labor Day weekend with all the possessions he could pack into his Chrysler. Six years later, the veteran newsman from KEPR is right at home in Eastern Washington.
“When I first came in, I was just driving around town, and people were offering me hot dogs and fried chicken, and I’d only been here one day,” he said. “I love it out here. The people out here are great, the golf courses are great — that’s a priority for me.”
With more than 35 years in journalism behind him, Chick came to Eastern Washington without ever seeing the area.
A South Carolina native, Chick headed West for the position at KEPR — playing a round of golf in every state between the Carolinas and Washington.
Chick said he loves the relaxed pace and sense of vitality of the Tri-Cities, as well as the good weather, good people and great golf courses.
Chick said most KEPR viewers are familiar with his love of golf. The first question viewers ask Chick off camera is how he comes up with his stories. The second: Is he really any good at golf?
“The answer is always, ‘No,’ ” Chick says with a laugh. “But I enjoy it.”
Chick said what viewers see on screen is close to his personality off screen. The only difference is he is more formal on camera.
“Generally, what they see on TV is what they get,” he said.
Chick attributes part of his success at the station to KEPR’s decision to focus on the Tri-Cities only, and the rest on his philosophy: Life is too short to have regrets.
“I love to have fun. I love to joke,” he said. “I don’t take anything too seriously.”