«Class of 2006

Martin Turner

Americas bureau chief, BBC, Washington, DC (Hearst Foundation Fellow)

Turner was born in Nairobi, Kenya and earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy at the University of York in the United Kingdom. He began his journalism career as a radio producer at BBC local radio in York, and moved to Switzerland to work for Swiss Radio, during which he covered the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.  He returned to the UK in 1990 and joined the BBC World Service, working in a number of reporting and producing roles. In 1997 he was appointed Bureau Chief in Johannesburg, where he covered everything from disastrous flooding in Mozambique to the overthrow of President Mobutu of Zaire. He was the first winner of the Mohammed Amin prize for his work in Zaire and Rwanda. Shortly before the attacks of September 11, 2001 on New York and Washington, Turner was named Bureau Chief in Washington; the BBC’s largest overseas operation. He has been responsible for organizing all U.S. coverage, including 9/11, the Iraq war and the 2004 presidential election campaign.

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