Former Cub Reporter Returns to Lead Newspaper as Editor

The Opelika-Auburn News welcomes back Troy Turner.

You can go home again.

Three decades after starting out at The Opelika-Auburn News as a cub reporter, Troy Turner has returned to serve as the Alabama newspaper’s editor. In between, there was a Johns Hopkins international fellowship, time spent on the Pulitzer judging committee, a 2009 Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership and much more.

From the paper’s welcome note:

Turner’s work included early stints with the New York Times Co. at its affiliates in Gadsden and Florence, and later almost six years at The Anniston Star, where he served as executive editor. Turner has spent much of his career working in the western United States as an editor at newspapers in Colorado and New Mexico before being promoted to a role as corporate news editor for Digital First Media in New York, where he led national reporting efforts…

Turner said his family inspired him and his wife, Barb, who works remotely [as a moderator] for the Wall Street Journal, to move back to the Opelika-Auburn area, as the area is home to his grandparents, parents and three adult children. But he is also eager to continue his journey at the newspaper that started it all.

“I’m excited career-wise because it’s kind of a warm feeling to think that I might be spending the rest of my career where it all started. Therefore, I take a lot of pride in what our community does and being able to reflect it in our journalism,” Turner said. “It’s just good to be back home.”

Turner earned APME’s prestigious McGruder Award for his work with the Daily Times in Farmington, N.M. McGruder, a former managing editor at Cleveland’s Plain Dealer and executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, passed away in 2012.

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