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Karen M Turner Associate Professor School of Media and CommunicationJournalism
Work Room 318 Annenberg Hall
Work Phone: 215-204-8386 Work Fax: 215-204-1974

Office Hours:
Spring 2014
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:00am and by appointment

Biographical Information

I always knew I would teach one day. When I had an opportunity in 1992 to teach at Temple, I couldn’t pass it up. I was very familiar and impressed with the Temple broadcast journalism program. While working as a City Hall reporter for Philadelphia’s WPEN-AM, I had worked side-by-side with WRTI-FM (Temple University Public Radio) student reporters. They were covering the same stories as the professionals in the fourth largest media market. I thought any program that gives students this kind of practical experience, has to be good. And it is!!!! Before joining Temple, I had a diverse career. When I graduated from Dartmouth College – I was in the first class of women to matriculate as freshmen – I decided to attend law school. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to practice law, but I knew the analytical skills would be transferable. Following my graduation from Northwestern University School of Law, I worked for the American Bar Association in Chicago. There I began to meet many journalists. As a youngster, I wanted to be a sportscaster. However, there were no female role models at that time. While living in Chicago my journalistic interests changed. I became a news junkie, though I still love to follow all sports. Chicago was a great news and sports town. I decided to change careers after seeing very biased election news coverage of the Chicago mayor’s race in 1983. When I tried to get a job in broadcast news, I was told I had great academic credentials but no practical experience. No one would hire me. So, I did the unthinkable—I went back to school. This time I matriculated at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, thanks to a NBC fellowship. Following J-School, I was able to land a job with Greater Media, Inc. in East Brunswick, N.J. Eventually I was hired as a reporter at their New Brunswick radio station, WCTC-AM. I was there for almost a year when I was hired away to be the News and Public Affairs Director at a start-up urban-formatted station (WIZF-FM—the WIZ) in Cincinnati. Here’s where I really learned the business. I was part of the morning team. In addition to doing the news, I hosted and produced a two-hour live Sunday Morning talk show. Being an on-air personality was a very different experience. After two years I left the Queen City and returned to the east coast. I accepted a radio reporting and anchoring job at WPEN-AM in Philadelphia, which at the time had an oldies format. Following three years at WPEN, I went to work for then Philadelphia mayor, Ed Rendell, as his first press secretary. What I realized was that I loved being a journalist. I am passionate about journalism – intelligent talk radio – and golden retrievers – I have rescued three. Feel free to stop by my office – AH318. Now that you know me – let’s talk about you.

Courses Taught

During the past 3 years

J3501 Radio News reporting

J3505 Experimental Journalism

J3702 Race and Racism in the news (online)



  • Turner, K.M. (2012) “Advancing the Discourse: Confronting Issues of Race and Class Online” in Teaching with Multimedia: Pedagogy in the Websphere Vol 1 & 2, R. O’Connell, ed. (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press).
  • Jacobson, S. & Turner, K.M. (2010) “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 (New York: Routledge) pp.131-147.
  • Turner, K.M. (2004). “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 (Hersey, PA: Idea Group Inc.) pp. 214-239.
  • Wilson, L.E. &Turner, K.M. (2002) “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. (Chicago: Burnham Incorporated Publishers) pp. 51-59.

Selected presentations

  • Jacobson, S. & Turner, K.M. (July 2011) “Croudsourcing U.S. Election Day 2010: An Experiment in Social Media and Journalism Education,” International Association of Media and Communication Researchers annual conference, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Turner, K.M., Bhayroo, S. & Washington, L. (November 2010) “Journalism Education in a Time of Rapid International Change: What we can learn from South Africa,” Global Temple Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 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 5-7, 2010

Ongoing Projects:

Turner, K.M. & Washington, L. eds. “MOVE: A Philadelphia Story,” (under contract)


University Service:

Name Type Position From To
Faculty Senate University Immediate Past President 07/10 06/11
EPPC University Senate rep 07/10 06/11
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Executive Steering Committee University Member 2007 present
Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color University Member 2007 present
Temple Academic Center on Research in Diversity (ACCORD) University Steering Committee/Director 2010 present

School Service:

Name Type Position From To
Personnel Committee College Member 09/11 06/14
Jessica Savitch Scholarship Selection Committee College Chair 1992 present
International Committee College Member 2000 present
Broadcast Journalism sequence Departmental Director 1998 present
Hearst Broadcast Competition Committee Departmental Chair 1998 present
Department Chair Administrative Chair 07/00 06/03

Community Service:

Organization Position From To
Today’s Seed Tomorrow’s Hope Presenter 05/11
Delaware Golden Retriever Rescue NJ Pet Fair coordinator and Home Visit Team member 1997 present
Princeton Day School Board of Trustees’ Educational Policy Committee Member 2005 2009

Teaching Awards:

Title Date Type
SCT Innovative Teaching award 5/04 School recognition
Lindback Distinguished Teaching award 4/13 University recognition

Research & Creative Awards:

Title Date Type Organization
Grant-In-Aid for Research 7/1/08-6-30-09 Research TU Research and Study Leaves Committee
Temple University Sabbatical – “Advancing the Dialogue: The effectiveness of a Journalism online race studies course” 01/11 Research TU Research and Study Leaves Committee
Provost Seed grant 7/1/08-6-30-09 Multidisciplinary research Office of the Provost

Service Awards:

Title Date Type
Outstanding Faculty Service Award 10/11 inaugral recipient
Temple Association of Black Journalists Legacy Award 2007 recipient
Academic Center on Research in Diversity (ACCORD) – Beacon Award 2010 for tireless dedication and selfless work at TU and promoting inclusion and equity in university governance
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