Terry Hutchens

Earlier this week, we wrote about well-known Indiana sportswriter Terry Hutchens (most recently of the CNHI chain) being in critical condition in hospital following a car crash. As per the Anderson Herald-Bulletin (part of that CNHI chain), Hutchens passed away Friday:

Terry Hutchens, long-time Indiana University beat writer, passed away on Friday at the age of 60. Terry is survived by his wife Susan, mother Dena, sister Kelly and two sons: Bryan and Kevin.

…Terry graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism in May of 1989. He began his career with the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, covering the Indianapolis Colts, before he moved to the Indianapolis News. Terry worked for the News, and subsequently the Indianapolis Star, for 27 years, the majority of which was spent covering the Indiana Hoosiers basketball and football programs. Most recently, he worked the Indiana University beat for CNHI Sports Indiana, a conglomeration of 13 newspapers and websites throughout the state.

A renowned sports writer, Terry was recognized with numerous awards and distinctions during his career. Most notably, Terry was a five-time recipient of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Indiana Sports Writer of the Year Award. Terry also wrote nine books on Indiana sports —including Rising From the Ashes: The Return of Indiana Basketball, and three children’s books for the youngest IU and Purdue fans.

Here’s more on Hutchens from a piece from Dana Hunsinger Benbow in the Indianapolis Star:

“For a Californian, he was amazingly immersed in IU sports culture,” said David Woods, IndyStar sports writer who worked with Hutchens from 1994 to 2013. “He studied it, he learned it, he lived it. He understood it.”

Bill Benner, who covered IU as a sports columnist at IndyStar, said he was often impressed with Hutchens’ mastery of the Hoosiers beat.

“I grew up watching IU basketball,” Benner said. “Yet, I learned a lot about IU basketball that I didn’t know through Terry.”

Hutchens was called fair and one of the “good guys” by coaches and players on his beat, including IU basketball coach Archie Miller, who wrote that he “really appreciated how (Hutchens) treated us and covered us.”

And tributes to Hutchens poured in, from fellow media members, coaches and teams he covered, and more:

Hutchens will definitely be missed on the Indiana beat and beyond, and he influenced a whole lot of people over his career. Our thoughts go out to his family.


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