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Karen M Turner Associate ProfessorSchool 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:

Faculty SenateUniversityImmediate Past President07/1006/11
EPPCUniversitySenate rep07/1006/11
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Executive Steering CommitteeUniversityMember2007present
Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of ColorUniversityMember2007present
Temple Academic Center on Research in Diversity (ACCORD)UniversitySteering Committee/Director2010present

School Service:

Personnel CommitteeCollegeMember09/1106/14
Jessica Savitch Scholarship Selection CommitteeCollegeChair1992present
International CommitteeCollegeMember2000present
Broadcast Journalism sequenceDepartmentalDirector1998present
Hearst Broadcast Competition CommitteeDepartmentalChair1998present
Department ChairAdministrativeChair07/0006/03

Community Service:

Today’s Seed Tomorrow’s HopePresenter05/11
Delaware Golden Retriever RescueNJ Pet Fair coordinator and Home Visit Team member1997present
Princeton Day School Board of Trustees’ Educational Policy CommitteeMember20052009

Teaching Awards:

SCT Innovative Teaching award5/04School recognition
Lindback Distinguished Teaching award4/13University recognition

Research & Creative Awards:

Grant-In-Aid for Research7/1/08-6-30-09ResearchTU Research and Study Leaves Committee
Temple University Sabbatical – “Advancing the Dialogue: The effectiveness of a Journalism online race studies course”01/11ResearchTU Research and Study Leaves Committee
Provost Seed grant7/1/08-6-30-09Multidisciplinary researchOffice of the Provost

Service Awards:

Outstanding Faculty Service Award10/11inaugral recipient
Temple Association of Black Journalists Legacy Award2007recipient
Academic Center on Research in Diversity (ACCORD) – Beacon Award2010for tireless dedication and selfless work at TU and promoting inclusion and equity in university governance
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