Longtime news reporter, Dennis Shannon, 68, has died. His familiar voice was known on KOMO AM1000 and KING1090 as well as other Seattle, Bellevue and Everett radio stations before putting down roots at KONA in the Tri-Cities, which became his home for more than 17 years. He was well-known to Seattle and Puget Sound radio listeners after having grown up in Lakewood, but found his home in the Tri-Cities.
In 2013, Shannon received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence as a broadcast journalist for his coverage of a tragic charter bus crash near Pendleton, Oregon, which killed nine and injured 38.
He attended college and pursued a career in Broadcast Journalism at Washington State University.
Numerous Facebook tributes have sprung up expressing great affection for him and shock at his passing.
He was found dead in his Pasco home on Monday following Thanksgiving. The Franklin County coroner has indicated that his death was due to “natural causes.”
Cherry Creek Media Tri-Cities is hosting the memorial gathering for Dennis Shannon at the Pasco Eagles’ Lodge on Saturday, December 15 from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Everyone who knew Dennis – family members, friends, colleagues – is welcome to attend and share special memories. Bring photos, tapes or other memorabilia from his career as a news broadcaster, and stories that will memorialize him for years to come.
The Eagles’ bar will be open during the get-together. However, no food service or potluck is planned.
If you are driving to Pasco for the memorial get-together from outside the area and are unfamiliar with the location of the Eagles’ Lodge, the address is: 2829 W Sylvester St, Pasco, WA 99301. Call 509) 547-5071, if you have any additional questions.