Terry McDermott (journalist)

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Terry McDermott
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist

Terry McDermott is a journalist with the Los Angeles Times[1] and author of Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers, Who They Were, Why They Did It'.[2]


McDermott was a reporter for 30 years. As a reporter, he covered a number of topics such as county zoning boards, state legislatures, the culture of the Los Angeles Police Department, radical Islam, skyscrapers, the search for rare blood molecule, the California Dream, and coffee in Indonesia. Prior to working in journalism, he worked as a carpenter, a poltiical campaign manager, and an interpreter of satellite reconnaissance imagery in the U.S. Air Force.


McDermott is a native of Iowa but lives in southern California. He has a graduate degree in urban studies.


  • Perfect Soldiers – The Hijackers: Who They Were, Why They Did It, my first book, was published by HarperCollins in 2005. The trade paperback edition was released in August, 2006.
  • 101 Theory Drive: A Scientist’s Pursuit of Memory Pantheon, April, 2010, paperback April 2011.
  • The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, co-authored by Josh Meyer, Little Brown March, 2012.[3]


  1. ^ "Editorial Staff". The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  2. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (May 20, 2005). "Ordinary but for the Evil They Wrought". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "About Me | Terry McDermott". McDermott. Retrieved 5 September 2013.