Karen Turner

Karen M. 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

JRN 3501Radio News ReportingUndergraduate
JRN 3505Experimental JournalismUndergraduate
JRN 3702Race and Racism in the News (online)Undergraduate


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 PressCresskill, NJ2012
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 ConstructivismJacobson, S.RoutledgeNew York City, NY2010pp. 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 StudiesIdea Group, Inc.Hershey, PA2004pp. 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 InequalityWilson, L.E.Burnham Incorporated PublishersChicago2002pp. 51-59

Lectures / Conferences

"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

TitleDescriptionDates Active
"MOVE: A Philadelphia Story"

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


NameType of ServicePositionDates Active
Faculty SenateUniversityImmediate Past President2010–2011
EPPCUniversitySenate rep2010–2011
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Executive Steering CommitteeUniversityMember2007
Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of ColorUniversityMember2007
Temple Academic Center on Research in Diversity (ACCORD)UniversitySteering Committee/Director2010
Personnel CommitteeCollegeMember2011–2014
Jessica Savitch Scholarship Selection CommitteeCollegeChair1992
International CommitteeCollegeMember2000
Broadcast Journalism SequenceDepartmentalDirector1998
Hearst Broadcast Competition CommitteeDepartmentalChair1998
Department ChairAdministrativeChair2000–2003
Today’s Seed Tomorrow’s HopeCommunityPresenter2011
Delaware Golden Retriever RescueCommunityNJ Pet Fair coordinator and Home Visit Team member1997
Princeton Day School Board of Trustees’ Educational Policy CommitteeCommunityMember2005–2009


TitleType of AwardDate
Lindback Distinguished Teaching awardTeaching, University2013
SCT Innovative Teaching awardTeaching, School2004
Grant-In-Aid for ResearchResearch2008-2009
Temple University Sabbatical – “Advancing the Dialogue: The effectiveness of a Journalism online race studies course”Research2011
Provost Seed grantResearch2008-2009
Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Inaugural RecipientService2011
Temple Association of Black Journalists Legacy AwardService2007
Academic Center on Research in Diversity (ACCORD) – Beacon AwardService2010