Monday, June 30, 2008

Former news director Terry McElhatton dies

Former long-time KNTV news director Terry McElhatton died over the weekend from a massive heart attack at age 52, according to KNTV and his current employer, Valley Christian Schools.

McElhatton, the son of former KPIX anchorman Dave McElhatton, was driving home with his son Chris after spending the day windsurfing when he collapsed. The station said he had no history of hearth problems.

After leaving Channel 11, Terry began a new career as television and video teacher at Valley Christian High School in San Jose. In 1996, he raised the legal bar for judges to find journalists in contempt of court. He nearly went to jail for refusing to reveal a source in a murder case. He leaves behind his wife Robin, son Chris and daughter Lauren.

Services are scheduled for July 12th, 10 a.m. at Calvary Church, 16330 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos. He is survived by wife, Robin; son, Chris; and daughter, Lauren, according to Valley Christian.

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