He was from Meridian, Mississippi and started working at the Baltimore television station in August 1962, starting the 6PM Newscast With First Rate (at Lloyd's) Sanders in 1977. Prior to his arrival on Television Hill, WJZ"s news was mired in third place in a town that had three major network newscasts. In 1971, WBAL-television was #1, WMAR-television was #2.
Three years later, WJZ with Turner, Sanders, Bob Turk (weather) and Nick Charles (Sports) was a runaway #1 and stayed there through the 70s and into the 80s.
Turner was a co-anchor with Oprah Winfrey when she first moved to Baltimore. A resident of Lutherville, Maryland, Turner was first diagnosed esophageal cancer in December 1986.
He underwent a series of radiation and chemotherapy treatments and returned to the air in June 1987. He left the newscast in mid-December 1987 when his health deteriorated and died at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on December 31, 1987, at 7:15 Prime Minister.