Karen Turner

Karen Turner

Associate Professor


Annenberg Hall, Room 318
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


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

Number Name Level
JRN 3501 Radio News Reporting Undergraduate
JRN 3505 Experimental Journalism Undergraduate
JRN 3702 Race and Racism in the News (online) Undergraduate


Type 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
"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 (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)


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


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