Sheila Hagar

Medical and social services reporter


Sheila Hagar has written for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin since 1998. While she has often freelanced for much larger papers and done projects for magazines, it's the U-B readers who have lived her life — and often their own — through her “Home Place” columns.

In 2004, Sheila joined the staff full-time at the U-B, becoming the health, social-services and entertainment reporter. She continues to write “Home Place,” as well as her blog, “From the Storage Room.”

Recent Stories

Local health providers gear up for flu season

Before flu season comes, there is flu vaccine season — at least for people serious about avoiding the illness.

The sour truth of a medical crisis

Our family caught a glimpse of the black hell of losing a child this past weekend and we are still breathing hard from running in the opposite direction.

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Vets sound off at VA meeting

WALLA WALLA — Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center heard concerns from area veterans about a range of problems during a “town hall” meeting Wednesday.

New award method sends United Way dollars toward targets

WALLA WALLA — Implementing a new model of dispersing donated funds, United Way of Walla Walla County volunteers spent a combined 350 hours to review applications for this year’s awards, said Christy Lieuallen, executive director.

Keep kids’ private moments all in the family

Can we all just stop pimping our children? Stop selling them out for “Like” and “Share”? Quit scurrying to gather “views”?

Careers in the balance: Fears of retaliation for those who speak up

WALLA WALLA — Dr. Jonathan Hibbs has no doubts speaking out against the Department of Veterans Affairs is risky, despite that he resigned last month after eight years of treating veterans in Walla Walla and Yakima.

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Woman’s VA career pulled up short after raising concerns

WALLA WALLA — This summer Dr. Carolyn Clancy, interim undersecretary for health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, sent a message to all hands systemwide.

Revolving-door staffing tough to slow at VA

WALLA WALLA — Apart from hardships veterans have in obtaining medical services, the Yakima Community Bases Outpatient Clinic also doesn’t get the staff it needs, according to Dr. Jonathan Hibbs.

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At the Walla Walla VA, doctor disillusionment

Two doctors who quit Walla Walla VA’s operational area tell of a dysfunctional agency more interested in policy than people.

VA another battle for vets

A wounded Vietnam vet who became a VA clerical worker talks about endless challenges for medical treatment.

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