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writer , Broadcast executive

Ed Sims Turner, American Broadcast executive, writer. Recipient Best Reporting award United Press International, 1959-1964, 8 Emmys, 1966-1972, Channels magazine Award of Excellence, 1987, Peabody awards, 1983, 87, 89, 91, 6 Ace awards for cable excellence; named Producer of Year Millmeter magazine, 1984, Outstanding Alumni, Oklahoma U. School Journalism, 1985, One of 25 Who Count in television/Motion Picture Industry, View magazine, 1986.


Turner, Ed Sims was born on September 25, 1935 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Ed and Dee (Sims) Turner.


Bachelor in Journalism, University Oklahoma, 1957.


Producer, director documentary films, Okla U., Norman, 1957-1959; reporter, Station KWTV, Oklahoma City, 1959-1964; vice president news, Station WTTG, Washington, 1966-1968; vice president news public affairs, Metromedia, New York City, 1968-1974; vice president news, United Press International television News, New York City, 1975; news producer, Columbia Broadcasting System, New York City, 1975-1978; news director, Station KWTV, Oklahoma City, 1978-1979; managing editor, Cable News Network, Atlanta, 1979-1981; executive producer, Cable News Network, Atlanta, 1982; chief Washington bureau, Cable News Network, Atlanta, 1983; executive vice president, Cable News Network, Atlanta, since 1984. Special instructor Oklahoma U., 1968, Mary Mount College, New York City, 1978.


  • Other Work

    • Director educational documentary (Best Documentary award Cannes Film Festival 1958). Creative producer (television special) Crossfire. Creator, engineer (television special) Novak Reports.


Press secretary Bud Wilkinson for United States Senate campaign, 1964-1965. Member Radio television News Directors Association, Sigma Delta Chi (national reporting awards 1963), Phi Gamma Delta.


Married Beth Coburn, June 25, 1964. 1 child, Christopher.

Ed Turner

Dee (Sims) Turner

Beth Coburn

Christopher Turner