Karen M. Turner
Karen M. Turner
Associate Professor
Department: Journalism
Annenberg Hall, Room 318

Biography

When Karen Turner had an opportunity in 1992 to teach at Temple, she couldn’t pass it up—she was very familiar and impressed with the Temple Broadcast Journalism program. While working as a City Hall reporter for Philadelphia’s WPEN-AM, Turner had worked side-by-side with WRTI-FM (Temple University public radio) student reporters. They were covering the same stories as professionals in the fourth largest media market. She thought any program that gives students that kind of practical experience had to be good.

Before joining Temple, Turner had a diverse career. She graduated from Dartmouth College in the first class of women to matriculate as freshmen and decided to attend law school. Following her graduation from Northwestern University School of Law, she worked for the American Bar Association in Chicago. There she began to meet many journalists.

As a youngster, Turner wanted to be a sportscaster, but there were no female role models at that time. While living in Chicago, she became a news junkie, (and still loves to follow all sports). Chicago was a great news and sports town, and Turner decided to change careers after seeing very biased election news coverage of the Chicago mayor’s race in 1983. When she tried to get a job in broadcast news, she was told she had great academic credentials but no practical experience.

Turner went back to school, this time to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, thanks to a NBC fellowship. She was then able to land a job with Greater Media Inc. in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Eventually she was hired as a reporter at the company’s New Brunswick radio station, WCTC-AM and  was there nearly a year when she was hired away to be news and public affairs director for the morning team of a startup, urban-formatted station (WIZF-FM—the WIZ) in Cincinnati. In addition to doing the news, Turner hosted and produced a two-hour live Sunday morning talk show. After two years she left the Queen City and returned to the East Coast, accepting a radio reporting and anchoring job at WPEN-AM in Philadelphia. Following three years at WPEN, Turner went to work for then Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell as his first press secretary. Turner realized that she loved being a journalist. She’s passionate about intelligent talk radio, journalism and her three rescued golden retrievers. 

Courses Taught

Number

Name

Level

JRN 3501

Radio News Reporting

Undergraduate

JRN 3505

Experimental Journalism

Undergraduate

JRN 3702

Race and Racism in the News (online)

Undergraduate

Publications

Type

Publication Title

Co-Authors

Publisher

Location

Year

Misc.

Book Chapter

“Advancing the Discourse: Confronting Issues of Race and Class Online” in Teaching with Multimedia: Pedagogy in the Websphere Vol 1 & 2R. O’Connell, ed.

Hampton Press

Cresskill, NJ

2012

Book Chapter

“Not Your Father’s Educational Technology: Mobile Media in Journalism Education” in C. Stewart, C. Schifter, and M. Selverian, eds., Teaching and Learning with Technology: Beyond Constructivism

Jacobson, S.

Routledge

New York City, NY

2010

pp. 131 –147

Book Chapter

“Teaching a Studies in Race Course Online: The Challenges and the Rewards” in D. Monolescu, C. Schifter, and L. Greenwood eds., The Distance Education Evolution: Case Studies

Idea Group Inc.

Hershey, PA

2004

pp. 214 –239

Book Chapter

“All May Not Be What It Seems” in J. L. Conyers, Jr., ed. Black Cultures and Race Relations: A Historical Study of African American Inequality

Wilson, L.E.

Burnham Incorporated Publishers

Chicago

2002

pp. 51 –59

Lectures / Conferences

Title

Date

"Crowdsourcing U.S. Election Day 2010: An Experiment in Social Media and Journalism Education,” International Association of Media and Communication Researchers annual conference, Istanbul, Turkey (with S. Jacobson)

July 2011

“Journalism Education in a Time of Rapid International Change: What we can learn from South Africa,” Global Temple Conference, Philadelphia, PA (with S. Bhayroo & L. Washington)

November 2010

Invited/sponsored conference participant at the World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Served as discussant for the New Media Research Paper session: Digitisation and J-Ed.

July 2010

Additional Projects

Title

Description

Dates Active

“MOVE: A Philadelphia Story”

Turner, K.M. & Washington, L. eds. (under contract)

Service

Name

Type of Service

Position

Dates Active

Faculty Senate

University

Immediate Past President

2010–2011

EPPC

University

Senate Rep

2010–2011

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Executive Steering Committee

University

Member

2007

Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color

University

Member

2007

Temple Academic Center on Research in Diversity (ACCORD)

University

Steering Committee/Director

2010

Personnel Committee

College

Member

2011–2014

Jessica Savitch Scholarship Selection Committee

College

Chair

1992

International Committee

College

Member

2000

Broadcast Journalism Sequence

Departmental

Director

1998

Hearst Broadcast Competition Committee

Departmental

Chair

1998

Department Chair

Administrative

Chair

2000–2003

Today’s Seed Tomorrow’s Hope

Community

Presenter

2011

Delaware Golden Retriever Rescue

Community

NJ Pet Fair Coordinator and Home Visit Team Member

1997

Princeton Day School Board of Trustees’ Educational Policy Committee

Community

Member

2005–2009

Awards

Title

Type of Award

Date

Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award

Teaching, University

2013

SCT Innovative Teaching Award

Teaching, School

2004

Grant-In-Aid for research

Research

2008–2009

Temple University sabbatical – “Advancing the Dialogue: The effectiveness of a Journalism online race studies course”

Research

2011

Provost seed grant

Research

2008–2009

Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Inaugural Recipient

Service

2011

Temple Association of Black Journalists Legacy Award

Service

2007

Academic Center on Research in Diversity (ACCORD) – Beacon Award

Service

2010