OAB Hall of Fame
As a young man growing up in Bartlesville, Ed Turner had a love for journalism. A love that would set him on a career path leading to recognition as one of the top news executives in the world.
A University of Oklahoma graduate, Mr. Turner began his career at KWTV in Oklahoma City. Over the next three decades his career stops included News Director at WTTG Television, Washington, D.C.; Vice President of News and Public Affairs for Metromedia Television; Vice President of UPITN; and Producer of “CBS Morning News.” He joined CNN in 1980, prior to sign-on, as Managing Editor. In 1984 he was named Executive Vice President of Newsgathering.
Ed Turner has been a major force in the establishment of CNN as one of the nation’s top news networks. His tireless direction of CNN’s coverage of the Persian Gulf War has brought personal recognition as one of the most observed news executives in the world. His honors have been many, including a Cannes Festival Award, two Sigma Delta Chi awards, eight Emmy’s, a Producer of the Year award, and several Peabody and Dupont awards for excellence.
Throughout his career, Ed Turner has exhibited a keen sense for the real news and the ability to get people in the right place with the right story. His ability to motivate and inspire those surrounding him has built a strong loyalty. A loyalty based upon a principle that all participants are important, and that you work with someone and not for them. His goal is get it first, get is accurate, and be fair.
A man of intellect and wit Turner has been called “the ultimate source.” To many he is “The Ultimate Journalist.”