Randy Turner, 47, a Carthage, Missouri, resident, is current issues/writing teacher at Diamond Middle School. He is in
his fourth year in the Diamond R-4 School District.
Before entering the teaching field he spent 22 years in journalism,including
more than five years as managing editor of The Carthage Press. He also wrote and served as editor for The Lamar Democrat,
the Newton County News and The Lockwood Luminary-Golden City Herald.
Turner, a 1974 graduate of East Newton High School
and a graduate of Crowder College and Missouri Southern State College, earned more than 70 journalism awards, while the papers
he served as editor at received more than 130.Turner received more than 25 state, regional and national awards for investigative
reporting, including first in the state for small newspapers in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1999 and second in 1995 and 1998
and received numerous awards for sports reporting and feature writing.
During his last year as managing editor at The
Press, it ranked third in the Gold Cup Award in the Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, finishing behind
only the Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It was the best finish ever for The Press and the first time a
paper as small as The Press had done that well in the contest. It remains the best finish The Press has ever had in that competition.